Preserve Arkansas, the only statewide nonprofit advocate for the preservation of Arkansas’ historic and cultural resources, will host events at Pine Bluff and elsewhere over the next few weeks.


Pine Bluff “Mid Mod Arkansas”


Preserve Arkansas will hold its next “Mid Mod Arkansas” tour in Pine Bluff at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The tour series, which seeks to increase appreciation for Arkansas’ unique Mid-Century Modern architecture, will visit the Pierce and Smart houses.


The Richard and Elsie Pierce House is located at 29 Longmeadow and the Richard and Lynne Smart House sits at 710 W. 46th Ave., both at Pine Bluff.


The tour will begin at 4 p.m. at the Pierce House. Guests will then caravan to the Smart House. The tour should conclude by 6:30 p.m.


Tickets for the Mid Mod Arkansas tour in Pine Bluff are $30, available at PreserveArkansas.org, and include a guided tour of both properties, wine, and light snacks.


Mid Mod Arkansas is an educational program benefiting Preserve Arkansas. Tickets, driving directions, and parking and post-tour dining information are available at PreserveArkansas.org.


“Designed by Little Rock architect Noland Blass in 1952, the Richard and Elsie Pierce House featured banks of awning windows, decorative brickwork on the façade, and a rear patio with built-in barbeque grill. Whereas the Pierce and Smart houses shared some common design elements, the Smart House, designed in 1964 by Erhart, Eichenbaum, Rauch & Blass, was much larger. Located on a wooded lot near the Pine Bluff Country Club, the Richard and Lynne Smart House was a 4,700 square foot home with decorative skylights, expansive living areas, and an abundance of over-sized sliding glass doors,” according to the release.


2018 Membership Meeting


All current and prospective members of Preserve Arkansas are invited to attend a membership meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Old Post Office at Hot Springs. Participants will learn about Preserve Arkansas and how to help save places that matter to them.


“Mix and mingle with preservationists and tour the Old Post Office while you enjoy draft beer provided by Superior Bathhouse Brewery, the first brewery inside a U.S. National Park and the first to use the thermal hot spring water as the main ingredient. Wine and snacks will also be provided,” according to the release.


To RSVP or for details on the membership meeting, visit https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/HistoricPreservationAllianceo/membershipmeetingRVSP-1.html .


Ramble to Historic Cane Hill


Join Preserve Arkansas for a road trip to Cane Hill at northwest Arkansas, Saturday, Nov. 3. The charter bus departs at 7:30 a.m. from First Presbyterian Church - Argenta.


“We will spend the day touring the incredible historic buildings of Cane Hill in western Washington County. Cane Hill has long been known as an educational center. In 1834, members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church organized the Cane Hill School. This became the first public school in Arkansas and also boasted the first public library in the state,” according to the release.


“In 2013, the nonprofit Historic Cane Hill Inc. was formed with the mission of restoring Cane Hill’s National Register-listed buildings and interpreting the community’s history. We will also learn about the apple industry at Cane Hill and taste cider made from Arkansas apples. Tickets include charter bus transportation, tours, lunch, dinner, snacks, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages on the bus.”


Tickets will be available soon. Half-day tickets will also be available for NWA residents.


Preserve Arkansas works to build stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to their heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places.


Details: https://preservearkansas.org .