Life Was Golden

Mar 19, 2020

Credit M. E. Kubit

A Guided Tour of the Historic Cane Hill Museum

Walk with us as we explore the Historic Cane Hill Museum.

This show is our second in a series of two episodes. The first episode, "Still On Cane Hill," explored the musical project "Cane Hill" written by folk duo Kelly and Donna Mulhullan of Still On The Hill.

In this episode of Arts & Letters, we take a guided tour of the Historic Cane Hill Museum with Lawrence McElroy, Museum Curator and Director of Arts and Culture of Historic Cane Hill, Inc.

We explore artifacts and stories of the Northwest Arkansas town, which was once one of the most densly populated towns in the American west.  Settled in the late 1820's, the town became a burgeoning center of farming, commerce, and education.

McElroy and Minnick at the Historic Cane Hill Museum
Credit M. E. Kubit
Cane Hill once dominated the apple industry with its native heirloom varieties.

Cane Hill was a town of firsts for the state of Arkansas: the first college; the first public library; the first college to admit women; and, the first Sunday School.  

Join us as we learn about the town's history including its commerce, the rise of the apple industry, and even the rumor that Jessie James robbed the local bank.

Over the last 10 years, there has been considerable activity and investment by the historic commission of Cane Hill to preserve and restore the remaining historic buildings and houses. Each year, the Cane Hill Harvest Festival attracts thousands of visitors to the area.

Coming Soon: A Song by Still On The Hill featured in the episode.

Thank you to the Four Points by Sheraton Little Rock Midtown for supplying accommodations for guests of Arts & Letters, and thank you to Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack for keeping music alive and well in Arkansas.

Generous funding for this episode was provided by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Executive Producer & Host: J. Bradley Minnick

Producer & Story Editor: Mary Ellen Kubit

  

Cane Hill Museum Tour Recorded by: Mary Ellen Kubit

Sound Mastering: Simon Sound Services