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Book Signing with James Kirkendall, Abandoned Arkansas

March 23, 2019
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join the Fort Smith Museum of History for a book signing and discussion with James Kirkendall, co-author of Abandoned Arkansas: An Echo from the Past. If you have ever driven by a building and wondered what has happened within its walls, you know what drives Abandoned Arkansas. Every day neglected structures are on the verge of being demolished or in desperate need of renovation. Authors Michael Schwarz, Eddy Sisson, Ginger Beck and James Kirkendall have photographed the forgotten history of the Natural State, from the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs to Dogpatch USA, an abandoned theme park once loved by thousands. The photographers travel to decayed places around the state and bear witness to the vandalism, weathering and slow death of historic buildings. It is simultaneously heartbreaking and captivating. Through historic documentation, these photographers hope to immortalize the stories of the places they visit beyond the building's finite lifespan, and to preserve an echo from the past. Kirkendall is a Fort Smith resident and joined the Abandoned Arkansas team in 2014. $7 adults; $5 veterans/military; $2 children; under age 6 are free.

Admission: Included with museum admission: $7 adults; $5 veterans/military; $2 children; under age 6 are free

Event Location and Contact Information:
Fort Smith Museum of History
320 Rogers Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas


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