Arkansas Archeological Society

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Charles R. McGimsey, III

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 of Arkansas.



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