Charles R. McGimsey,
Hester A. Davis
The Society is deeply saddened by the recent loss of two founding
members. Charles R. McGimsey and Hester A. Davis came to Arkansas in the
late 1950s and were instrumental in reaching out to interested amateurs to establish the
Arkansas Archeological Society in 1960. McGimsey and Davis, with the help
of Society members, successfully lobbied the state legislature to create the
Arkansas Archeological Survey in 1967. They went on to establish the Arkansas
Training Program, a highly successful field school for amateur archeologists.
Both McGimsey and Davis were champions of public archeology and their
influence in this area will be long lasting. A Celebration of the
life and career of Dr. McGimsey will be held at Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville, from 2 to 4 PM on Feb 6. Memorial contributions can be directed to the Charles R. McGimsey Scholarship Fund at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville.
A memorial service for Hester Davis
is scheduled for February 21st, 2015 from 1-3 p.m. in Giffels auditorium on
the University of Arkansas campus. Donations in honor of Hester can be made
to the Hester A. Davis Internship in Public Archaeology fund at the University
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