Museum events will spotlight local history
Delta Gateway Museum in downtown Blytheville has two events set for Saturday, March 9, to highlight local history and prehistory. "Heirloom Saturday at the Museum" from 10 a.m. to noon will focus on Blytheville Air Force Base, while "Artifact ID Day" from 1-3 p.m. will concentrate on ancient Native American artifacts.
The public is invited to drop in for either or both events. Bring your own artifacts, memorabilia, or collectibles for identification and informal discussion.
Heirloom Saturday at the Museum is held the second Saturday of each month. A different theme is chosen monthly to highlight objects from eras or events in local, regional, or national history. The theme for March is Blytheville Air Force Base.
Throughout its many incarnations, from Blytheville Army Air Field in the 1940s to Eaker Air Force Base in the early 1990s to the Arkansas International Airport of today, the airbase has been a significant part of our local landscape for seven decades.
Artifact ID Day is an annual event honoring Arkansas Archeology Month and is co-sponsored by the Arkansas Archeological Survey, Blytheville Station. A panel of archeologists will be on hand to identify and provide more information about prehistoric Native American objects and artifacts brought in by the general public.
"Our annual artifact identification day is a popular event because our region -- northeast Arkansas and southeast Missouri -- is rich in archeological treasures," said museum director Leslie Hester. "Area residents are enthusiastic collectors of ancient artifacts, but often want more information about what they have. This free event is a perfect opportunity to discuss those artifacts with the experts."
The museum will showcase informative temporary exhibits for both event topics.