Hunkering Down in Parkinsaw

lower White River, bayou bridge, circa 1900, by Dayton Bowers

lower White River, bayou bridge, circa 1900, by Dayton Bowers

Waking up to a frosty November morning is pure-D pleasure, when the house has heat and there is coffee brewing. I am working on a story about the most important photographic find in Arkansas history. I do not make that claim lightly. The lost archives of Dayton Bowers, who lived and worked in DeWitt (Arkansas County) from the 1880s through the 1920s provide a visual record of the growth of the Delta. Similar to the discovery of Cleburne County’s Depression-era┬áportrait photographer, Mike DisFarmer, this discovery is equally significant for its scope: streetscapes and photographs of daily life in Arkansas County were Dayton Bowers’ forte. Too bad that Central Arkansas Library System mislabeled the archive, donated by my friend and writing partner, historian LC Brown, making it unavailable to us for the past 5 years. Thank God for the internet, as I chanced to see fellow historian Jim Prange’s pic of one of the archive photos and immediately contacted Central Arkansas Library System to set up a viewing. Now, I am writing about this priceless treasure trove, and finally Mr. Brown will get credit for his generosity–no thanks to the Central AR Library System!

Come see me at Tales From the South, Tuesday, Oct. 21

Tales From the South live taping

Tuesday, October 21, Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. 3rd St., Little Rock.

The schedule for the night is:
* Doors open at 5pm
* Dinner is served from 5pm-7pm. Dinner purchased separately from admission; food by Southern Salt Company Food Truck. Complimentary wine by HAM.

* Live music by Brad and Amy Williams from 6pm-7pm

This show is $10.00 admission and open to the public. All guests (except writers) MUST purchase a ticket before the show (and as soon as possible). Seating is very limited, and we tend to sell out 2-3 days before each show, so be sure to invite lots of people and to tell them to go to the website ( to purchase their tickets. The direct link for tickets for this show is: Tickets are non-refundable.

Seating is first-come, first served.