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South Arkansas Historical Foundation & the Newton House Museum

The South Arkansas Historical Foundation is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit located in El Dorado, Arkansas.  The Foundation's principal property is the beautiful Newton House Museum.  Located on Jackson Street, this historic Greek Revival home has authentic décor that reflects its antebellum construction (circa 1849).  As the only antebellum home open to the public in El Dorado, it offers a glimpse into the rich history of southern Arkansas. This museum is a great family attraction and one of the special places to visit while in El Dorado.

The Foundation also hosts the annual Mayhaw Festival, free educational programs (September through May), and a Speakers Series co-sponsored by South Arkansas Community College.  Membership is available through the Preservation Society support organization.


Keeping History Alive 2014

The South Arkansas Historical Foundation is pleased to announce that Terry Stewart will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 Keeping History Alive Awards Banquet scheduled for Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Golf & Country Club.     Terry Stewart, CEO of El Dorado Festival & Events and the former CEO of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will make a presentation entitled “So You Think You Know the History of Rock and Roll.”  

Reservations are $100 per person and tables of 8 are available for $800.   For reservations call Stefani O’Donohoe at 870-862-9890 or e-mail her at by Thursday, October 16, 2014.   Act now to join us on October 23rd for another informative and entertaining evening. 

A native of Alabama, Terry Stewart earned bachelor degrees in engineering and education from Rutgers University.  He also earned a master’s degree in business and a law degree from Cornell University.  Stewart is the former chief executive officer and president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.  He has also served as vice chairman of the Marvel Entertainment Group.  In 1991 Marvel went public and Stewart was named CNBC Marketing Executive of the Year.  He has served as a governor on the Chicago Chapter Board of the Recording Academy (Grammys) and serves as an advisor for the annual Summer Stage Concert Series in Central Park in New York.  Since August 1, 2014 Stewart has been serving as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of El Dorado Festival & Events.  

For more information on the SAHF and its programs please visit our web site at 












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