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July 1, 2014
LITTLE ROCK – Sifting through 11,000 digital images, driving hundreds of miles in
pilgrimages to the National Archives at Fort Worth, Texas, and months spent poring
through documents in a darkened room helped author Elizabeth Hill unfold a story of
Arkansas’ unsung heroines.
“Although the documents were old, difficult-to-read carbon copies, I couldn’t believe
what I was seeing,” Hill said. “It was the history of Arkansas’s rural women – and
it was nothing less than amazing.“
Hill, who worked at the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service editing
intern from January 2007-December 2008, has brought that amazing story to life in
her book A Splendid Piece of Work: One Hundred Years of Arkansas’s Home Demonstration and Extension
Hill’s work will be presented twice this month. Once on July 2 at the Central Arkansas
Library Systems’ Main Library at 100 Rock Street, as part of the Legacies & Lunch
event, sponsored by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Copies of her book will be for
sale and Hill will sign books after her talk.
Legacies & Lunch is the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies’ monthly lecture series,
held on the first Wednesday of each month. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch.
Drinks and dessert are provided.
On Friday, July 11 from 5– 8 p.m., excerpts of her book will be exhibited at the Butler
Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave. This is part of the Second Friday Art
Admissions to both events are free to the public. To learn more, visit www.butlercenter.org or call (501) 918-3033.
The Arkansas Extension Homemakers Club is a volunteer organization in partnership
with the Cooperative Extension Service of University of Arkansas System Division of
Agriculture. It works by providing aids to people in need through community service
works, education on health and money management, donations, and leadership development.
Arkansas Home Demonstration Clubs started in 1912. Two years before its centennial,
Hill volunteered to write the legacy that rural Arkansas women have done for the organization.
This was part of her thesis while she was attending a graduate program at the University
of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Hill did a great job on her book due to “the fact that she has documented so much
of the history and she has brought out the true leadership of this organization early
on,” said Betty Oliver, the AEHC volunteer coordinator.
Some of the highlights of the legacies of the AEHC, covered in Hill’s book, include
the aid it provided for residents of Arkansas Children’s Home and Hospital during
the Great Depression and the victims of the flood of 1927.
To learn more about the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council, visit http://www.uaex.uada.edu/life-skills-wellness/extension-homemakers/default.aspx or contact your county extension office.
The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race,
color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status,
or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity
By Kezia NandaFor the Cooperative Extension ServiceUniversity of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org