About Us

Governor Asa Hutchinson created the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee by executive order on May 31, 2016, and appointed members to lead the state's remembrance on the 100th anniversary of the Great War.

The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee has the following duties:

1. To plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities appropiate to commemorate the centennial of World War I and to encourage development of programs that ensure that commemoration results in a positive legacy and has long-tems benefits; To encourage interdisciplinary examination of World War I;

2. To facilitate World War I-related activities throughout the state;

3. To encourage civic, historical, educational, economic, and other organizations across the state to organize and participate in activities to expand the understanding and appreciation of the significance of World War I.

4. To coordinate and facilitate the public distribution of scholarly research, publication and interpretation of World War I;

5. To provide technical assistance to local organizations and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration of the centennial of World War I. All events, activities, and projects of the Committee will be completed during the years of 2017 and 2018. The Committee will cease to exist and expire on December 31, 2018.

Committee Members

Stacy Hurst, Director, Department of Arkansas Heritage, ex officio.
Dr. Shawn Fisher, Professor of History, Harding University (Chairman).
Dr. Raymond (Ray) Screws, Director, Arkansas National Guard Museum (Vice-Chairman).
Dr. Lisa Speer, Arkansas State Historian.
Lt. Col. Joel Lynch, Public Affairs Officer, Arkansas National Guard.
Peter MacKeith, Dean, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, University of Arkansas.
Major General Mark Berry, Adjutant General, Arkansas National Guard; Director, Military Dept. of Arkansas.
Lt. Col. Ken Griffin (ret.) , Military and Veterans Affairs Liaison, Office of the Governor.
Mark Christ, Designee, Department of Arkansas Heritage.
Sarah Jones, Designee, Arkansas Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Minutes

January-11-2017

Attendees:

Mark Christ - Designee, Department of Arkansas Heritage
Dr. Raymond (Ray) Screws - Director, Arkansas National Guard Museum
Dr. Shawn Fisher – Professor of History, Harding University
Dr. Lisa Speer – Arkansas State Historian
Lt. Col. Joel Lynch - Public Affairs Officer, Arkansas National Guard
Sarah Jones – Designee, Arkansas Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Angela Kubaiko – Administrative Analyst

Preview:

The meeting was called to order by Dr. Fisher at 9:33 a.m. Dr. Fisher asks all of the guests to introduce themselves. Approval of Minutes Dr. Fisher asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the November 2, 2016, meeting. Lt. Col. Lynch made a motion to approve the minutes. ..