Behind the Big House w/ Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project (Joint Program of Preserve Arkansas & Lakeport Plantation)

The Behind the Big House program moves beyond the “Big Houses,” or stately historic homes, to explore extant slave dwellings and interpret the experiences of the enslaved people who inhabited them. This workshop will include live historical interpretations and lectures to highlight the important contributions African Americans made to Arkansas’s history and provide a broad understanding of the importance of slave dwellings and their role in heritage tourism.

Preserve Arkansas is proud to present Behind the Big House in partnership with the Arkansas Humanities Council, Arkansas State University Heritage Sites, Black History Commission of Arkansas, and Lakeport Plantation. This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about The Slave Dwelling Project, watch the following TedX talk with Joseph McGill –


Registration is FREE, but space is limited.  Registration does not include lunch.
Optional Box Lunch – $12  Register on Preserve Arkansas’s website:

Register by April 14 to reserve your spot!

Mississippi River National Geographic Geotourism Project Workshop

National Geographic will be in Arkansas conducting free workshops for the Mississippi River National Geographic Geotourism Program July 13 – 17th. This is our time to learn more about the geotourism project and how to upload our information to the
Mississippi River geotourism website at Our travels will take us to every state along the River beginning with Arkansas to teach local folks how to be part of a global tourism effort under the National Geographic banner.

Lake Village – July 17th 5:00 p.m., Lakeport Plantation, 601 AR-142

Mississippi folks are welcome to come as well.

Mississippi River Geotourism Program Project Managers:
Liz Smith, National Park Service, MRCC
Rory Robinson, National Park Service, MRCC
Terry Eastin, Mississippi River Trail Inc.