LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (AHPP) will host its next “Sandwiching in History” tour at the Lamar Porter Athletic Field at Seventh and Johnson streets in Little Rock at noon Friday, Sept. 7.
“This is a different location than originally scheduled for the September Sandwiching in History tour. The Matthews-Storey House at 8115 Ascension Road in Little Rock was damaged by storms in mid-July, so the new location was selected,” according to a news release from the AHPP.
Construction on the Lamar Porter field by the federal Works Progress Administration began in fall 1934, and it took 18 months for the complex to reach completion, according to the release.
The project cost $122,244.53. Once completed, its features included a regulation baseball diamond, a 1,500-seat grandstand with club rooms, shower and restrooms and a concession.
“It was first used by Boys Club teams in 1936 and the first night game was held in August 1941, when Young’s Tire of North Little Rock defeated Craig’s of Little Rock, 3-2. Hall of Fame ballplayer Brooks Robinson played baseball at Lamar Porter Athletic Field when he was a child,” according the release.
The Billy Mitchell Boys and Girls Club own the field.
“The ‘Sandwiching in History’ tour series targets Pulaski County structures and sites. The noontime series includes a brief lecture and tour of the subject property. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches with them. The American Institute of Architects offers one HSW continuing education learning unit credit for members who attend a ‘Sandwiching in History’ tour,” according to the release.
Other 2018 “Sandwiching in History” tours will be Oct. 5, Rock Island Argenta Depot at North Little Rock; Nov. 2, Mary H. Matthews Lustron House at Little Rock; and Dec. 7, Curran Hall at Little Rock.
All tours are free and open to the public. Details: call the AHPP, 501-324-9880, write the agency at 1100 North St., Little Rock, AR 72201; send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.arkansaspreservation.org.
“The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage division responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other divisions are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives,” according to the release.