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Johnny Cash boyhood home
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JONESBORO – Eight regional acts will take the stage Thursday and Friday nights, Oct. 17-18, during “KASU Music Nights” at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess. The performances are all free and will be held at the Dyess Colony Visitors Center.

These talented singers and musicians representing all parts of Arkansas will perform after the conclusion of symposium events in the Visitors Center. Each presentation will last 50 minutes.

Here is the lineup:

Thursday, Oct. 17

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This is A-State Connections!  I'm Johnathan Reaves.  What’s Next?  That is the focus on this final interview segment that I conducted with Dr. Ruth Hawkins. Her retirement from Arkansas State University will take place at the end of the month and I wanted to know what the next step was for her.  Before that, I asked her if any of the Heritage Sites that she helped developed were her favorite.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

Johnny Cash boyhood home
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This is A-State Connections.  I am Johnathan Reaves.  This is the third part of my interview series with Dr. Ruth Hawkins.

Barn exterior at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott
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This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I'm Johnathan Reaves.  As we continue with our second part of our four-part interview series with Dr. Ruth Hawkins from Arkansas State University, she talks about how she started working on the Arkansas State University Heritage Sites as well as the Arkansas Delta Byways.  She says the first project was the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center. Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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Today, we start the first in a four-part interview series with Dr. Ruth Hawkins.  She will retire at the end of this month, after serving more than 40 years at Arkansas State University.  While she started her early years as Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the St.

Heritage Sites Receive Two ANCRC Grants

May 24, 2019
Johnny Cash boyhood home
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Arkansas State University’s Heritage Sites has been awarded two grants totaling $638,050 from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) for preservation projects in the Dyess Colony Circle, part of the Historic Dyess Colony: Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, and at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) in Piggott.

The first grant is $512,050 to renovate the remaining historic property owned by A-State in the Dyess Colony Circle for use as the Dyess Colony Rural Life Research Center.

Barn exterior at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott
Arkansas State University

Earlier this month, the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott hosted a World War One Writing Retreat.  Anthony Childress gives us a brief on that event and what is coming up soon.

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JONESBORO – Grammy award-winning artists Shawn Camp and Bill Miller will open the entertainment lineup for the Saturday, Oct. 20, field concert during the 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival.  Their performances will be in the field adjacent to Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess.

Shawn Camp, onstage from noon until 12:45 p.m., is a native of Perryville, Ark., where he began playing guitar at age five. At 20, he moved to Nashville to become a professional musician.

Johnny Cash boyhood home
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – When the lineup featuring Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss was announced in July for the 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival, John Carter Cash, Grammy-winning son of Johnny and June Carter Cash, promised that this year’s festival would be like none other. 

“There will be some momentous musical surprises, and I believe history will be made once again in the fertile beautiful land of Northeast Arkansas,” said Cash at the time.

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JONESBORO - Acclaimed writer and editor Steve Paul will be the featured speaker at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center's World War I Reading Retreat, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8, in Piggott. Paul authored “Hemingway at Eighteen,” published in late 2017. It delves into how time Hemingway spent in Kansas City as a cub reporter changed the course of his life.

The event is part of the museum’s commemoration of the centennial of World War I.

Alison Krauss
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JONESBORO – The 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival is pleased to announce a special featured presentation with performances by Grammy record-holder Alison Krauss, award-winning singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson, Grammy-winning producer/performer John Carter Cash, and pop/soul/country artist Ana Cristina Cash, with more to come. 

Kays House Preview— (from left) Arkansas State University Chancellor Kelly Damphousse, former Arkansas first lady Ginger Beebe and former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe give a "Wolves Up" sign in the re-created governor's office at the restored Kays House.
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A former Arkansas Governor returned to his alma mater in Jonesboro on Thursday for a stroll down memory lane.  His trip was just as historic as the building he visited.

Barn exterior at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott
Arkansas State University

PIGGOTT — The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center (HPMEC) has announced dates for its upcoming Riviera Reading Retreat, April 13-14, 2018, at 1021 W. Cherry Street, Piggott. 

Upon registration, participants will receive copies of three novels to read at their convenience.  The titles include Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is the Night and Liza Klaussmann’s Villa America

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess takes place Thursday through Saturday, October 19-21.  In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with the Director of the Arkansas State University Heritage Sites Dr. Ruth Hawkins to learn why this year's celebration of Johnny Cash turned from just a music festival to more of a symposium/music festival.  Click on the Listen button to hear more.