Greene County Arkansas
Centennial Edition Section 4
Monday, August 29, 1983, Paragould Daily Press Section 4, Centennial Edition -9
"Don't just remember --
write it down."
But in the
beginning, the group started with high
Apologies for late issues
usually cited the sick-ness of some officer or editor. Money
problems resurfaced from issue to issue.
|New historical quarterly rekindles flame of defunct local organization|
| There are lessons to be
learned from the rise and fall of the Greene County Historical
"Everyone wanted the quarterlies and the fringe
benefits but no one wanted to do the work," explained Wanda Johnson, secretary of the society when it disbanded. She was one of three former officers who spearheaded the Centennial Edition of the quarterly that was published in May.
Myrl Mueller, who edited all the previous quarterlies as well as the latest one, and Frances Albright, vice president of the group when it dis-banded were the other two. All three were among the few willing to do the work, now and back during the society's active days.
The trio has planned two other special issues for this year, if sales of the first one can generate enough money to pay the printing bills. And there are hopes that this year's centennial-sesquicen-tennial fever will spur re-organization of the defunct group.
But, with their eyes wide open to both the problems the old group had and those a new group will likely
|encounter, Johnson and Albright, who
live next-door to each other, are determined that this golden
opportunity for revival will not be lost.
Johnson is somewhat optimistic. "I think people have become more interested in history during the last five years," she said, adding that the centennial has spurred even more interest.
Since so many history-oriented people are tied up with other centennial projects, revival plans have been postponed temporarily. "But we plan to reactivate this fall after the celebration," Albright said. Already lists have been circulated to obtain mailing addresses of potential members.
Raymond Frey, the old group's first president, is also optimistic. "I think it could be done now because more people are interested. I think it would go now."
But Frey, like the historian he is, warns that the new group will have to learn from the lessons of the past.
Doorways to the Past
Transcribed by: PR Massey
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