Many of us have thoughts of early settlers coming from Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia making a new life in the Ozarks beginning in the 1820’s. These people, women as well as men, had to be tough and self-sufficient. They brought with them skills to clear land, construct buildings, preserve food, make clothing, and doctor themselves. Life was hard and modest. There is however more to this simple story.
A native of the Arkansas Ozarks, Brooks Blevins is the Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He has authored seven books, including Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State and Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South.
On his upcoming visit to Hobbs State Park, he will discuss the first book in his new trilogy on the history of the Ozarks, “The Old Ozarks”. According to Blevins, “Life in the Ozarks before the Civil War remains a mysterious unknown for most people.” He will shed light on this important and often misunderstood era in the region's history by highlighting a few of the more surprising stories from the early days.
Don’t miss Brooks Blevins’s upcoming program on unexpected happenings in Ozark life before the Civil War.
When: Sunday July 1, 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