Local historian and PhD, Jared Phillips, hails from Prairie Grove, Arkansas. He is currently writing Hipbillies: Back to the Landers in the Arkansas Ozarks, under contract with the University of Arkansas Press.
Phillips describes his upcoming program at Hobbs State Park. “This presentation discusses the varied forms of communication utilized by the back-to-the-land community of the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks during the 1970s. These in-migrants inserted themselves into regional and national conversations. Hipbillies were central to national policy shifts regarding pesticide use, cultural preservation, and more. Utilizing publications like the Ozark Access Catalog, Living in the Ozarks Newsletter, Mother Earth News, letters, and memoirs, this presentation shows how hipbillies, while living remotely, were not isolated in the hills. Indeed, they forged regular connections across the Ozarks in Arkansas and Missouri (and beyond) through these publications, all the while discussing high profile issues. Not only did they comment on these major topics, but they utilized the newsletters and magazines as a proto-social media system in order to ask questions about farming, Ozark folk culture and customs, land purchasing, childbirth, and more. This aided the creation of a vibrant community intent on forging a deep revolution aimed, in part, at breaking free from the mainstream, capitalist systems.
Such an interpretation of the back-to-the-land community helps broaden our understanding of this unique social movement while further illustrating that the Ozarks were never truly isolated, nor isolating, for those who chose to move into the hills and hollows in the Arkansas-Missouri border country.”
You will not want to miss this program on a very, very interesting time in our northwest Arkansas history.
When: Sunday May 6, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm
Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center located on Hwy 12 just east of The Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
For more information, call: 479-789-5000