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South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society & the Newton House Museum

The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society (formerly known as the South Arkansas Historical Foundation) is a 501-c-3 not-for-profit located in El Dorado, Arkansas.  The Historical Preservation Society'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 Historical Preservation Society also hosts the annual Mayhaw Festival, history forums, 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.


SAHPS and End of Year Charitable Giving

EL DORADO - This is the perfect time of the year to consider year end giving to charity.  The South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society (SAHPS) accepts gifts of all kinds including stocks, bonds, cash, and assets that can be used to further the purpose of this great charity.  If your employer matches your gift please make sure to advise us of that when making your donation.  Always check with your CPA to determine what type of gift makes sense for you when considering tax deductions for the donation.  Also, consider remembering the SAHPS in your will so that we can benefit from gifts made through your estate or trust.   If you wish your gift to be designated for a particular initiative such as the museum project please speak with us prior to making the donation. 

The SAHPS has been a force for historic preservation and education for over 35 years.  During this time the organization has focused on the successful restoration of the Newton House Museum, circa 1849, a premier example of antebellum Greek Revival architecture, as well as providing the public with free educational and cultural programs.  Our lectures and the ever-popular Mayhaw Festival with live music continue to provide a vital and edifying service to the people of El Dorado, Union County, and southern Arkansas.   As 2015 draws to a close we look back with satisfaction on a successful year of programs and special events.  In 2016 we look forward to providing a host of interesting educational presentations as well as continuing to develop our museum initiative.                                                          

The SAHPS mission statement: “The purpose of the South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society, Inc. is to share the history of South Arkansas by collecting and preserving stories, genealogies, documents, artifacts from past generations and to promote the history of South Arkansas through events, printed material and new technologies.”  This mission statement was adopted in October of 2007.  

The Historical Preservation Society office is located at 411 East Faulkner in El Dorado.  Membership forms are available at and the East Faulkner office.    Tours of the Newton House Museum are available and may be arranged by calling 870-862-9890.  Make sure to like the Newton House Museum on Facebook.  Visit both our Newton House Museum Facebook page and the web site for information on past events and upcoming programs.

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Local Schools Perform at Christmas Open House
Hugh Goodwin Elementary and Northwest Elementary school choirs performed at the Nov. 21st Christmas Open Hosue at the Newton House Museum.  Our...Read more
Reconstruction Topic of Latest Educational Program
Our thanks to Dr. Carl Moneyhon for being a part of the latest installment in the ongoing Speakers Series co-sponsored with SouthArk.  Dr....Read more
State Archaeologist Discusses Indian Tribes at Newton House
The SAHPS was again honored to host Dr. Anne Early, Arkansas' state archaeologist, for a lecture on the historic Indian Tribes of Arkansas....Read more
Dr. Ken Bridges received the 2015 Keeping History Alive Award and Mickey & Diane Murfee received the John Abbott Award for Historic Preservation...Read more