Preserve Arkansas requests the public’s help in identifying endangered historic places for the 2019 Most Endangered Places List. The nomination deadline is Friday, March 15.


Preserve Arkansas will announce the 2019 Most Endangered Places List on May 1 during Arkansas Heritage Month and National Preservation Month.


The annual list highlights historically and architecturally significant properties throughout the state that are endangered and worthy of preservation. Preserve Arkansas is soliciting nominations of buildings, structures, sites, and other places to be considered for the list, according to a news release.


The Most Endangered Places program began in 1999 to raise awareness of the importance of historic properties to the state’s heritage. The listed sites reflect threats such as deterioration, neglect, insufficient funds, and insensitive development. The list helps to prioritize statewide advocacy efforts and develop solutions to preservation problems.


Previous listings include the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, the William E. Woodruff House in Little Rock, Arkansas Mound Sites throughout the state, the Thompson Building in Hot Springs, African-American Rosenwald Schools, and Historic County Courthouses throughout the state.


To make a nomination, visit https://preservearkansas.org/what-we-do/most-endangered/nominate-a-property-to-most-endangered/


Meanwhile, officials also invite the community to Behind the Big House at the Historic Arkansas Museum, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, March 29-30.


Preserve Arkansas, in partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council, Black History Commission of Arkansas, Arkansas Archeological Survey, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and Historic Arkansas Museum, presents “Behind the Big House.”


The Behind the Big House program moves beyond the “Big Houses,” or stately historic homes, to explore extant slave dwellings and interpret the experiences of the enslaved people who inhabited them, according to spokesmen.


The workshop will include live historical interpretations and lectures to highlight the important contributions African Americans made to Arkansas’s history and provide a broad understanding of the importance of slave dwellings and their role in heritage tourism. This year’s program will focus on best practices for interpreting slavery at historic sites as well as researching the lives of enslaved Arkansans.


Behind the Big House is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary, but if you plan to spend the night on Friday, please RSVP at info@preservearkansas.org for additional instructions. Educators may receive three professional development credit/hours for participating in this event. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Details: Preserve Arkansas, 501-372-4757.