Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee Meeting
Camp Robinson North Little Rock, Arkansas
Mark Christ - Designee, Department of Arkansas Heritage
Dr. Raymond (Ray) Screws - Director, Arkansas National Guard Museum
Dr. Lisa Speer - Arkansas State Historian
Dr. Shawn Fisher - Professor of History, Harding University
Lt. Col. Ken Griffin (Retired) - Military and Veterans Affairs Liaison, Office of the Governor
Sarah Jones - Designee, Arkansas Department of Veteran's Affairs
Angela Kubaiko - Administrative Analyst
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. Clem Papineau- Camp Robinson
The meeting was called to order by Dr. Fisher at 9:39 a.m.
Approval of Minutes
Dr. Fisher asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the April 27, 2016, meeting. Dr. Screws made a motion to approve the minutes. The motion was seconded by Mr. Griffin. A vote was taken, all approved the motion. No one opposed. The motion was passed to approve the minutes of the April 27, 2016, minutes.
Dr. Screws likes all of the potential logos. Mr. Christ just suggests picking one. Mr. Griffin suggests the circular logo placed inside the rectangle logo including the circle around the soldier.
Ms. Jones points out picking a logo that singles out a particular branch of service will cause hurt feelings.
Dr. Screws likes the soldier and gun inside the star of diamonds, but thinks it may be too busy. Dr. Screws asks when the diamond and stars became the current state flag. Mr. Christ believes it was in the 1920s. Ms. Jones points out that if the diamond logo was not a part of the Arkansas state flag during WWI it would be a problem.
Ms. Jones asks if all the branches of service wore the same type of headgear. Mr. Griffin states the flyers would not have worn the same type of headgear.
Dr. Speers prefers the logo that contains the Arkansas Remembers phrase.
Dr. Screws suggests the rectangle logo and replacing the gun with Arkansas Remembers at the bottom. Mr. Christ suggests revisiting the logos once Ms. Wells has changed the logo to be able to see the way the logo looks and revisiting the issue at the next meeting.
Mr. Griffin suggests if no one has a problem with the current rectangle logo with Arkansas Remembers replacing the gun, to vote in order to move forward.
Dr. Screws made a motion to select the logo of the World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee. The motion was seconded by Mr. Griffin. A vote was taken, all approved the motion. No one opposed. The motion was passed.
Approval of Sanctioning Process
Mr. Christ points out the guidelines and the form are sampled from the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Mr. Christ stated the forms worked well for the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.
Mr. Christ informs the committee that the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission used a smaller group to approve or deny the applications. Five members were notified and voted on the applications via email from Ms. Kubaiko who received the applications.
Dr. Screws likes the guidelines.
Mr. Griffin asks for an example of an event charging a fee. Mr. Christs lists an example of a reenactment at Prairie D' Ane that charged for admission. It was approximately five dollars. It was also partially a fundraiser for the Nevada County Depot Museum.
Mr. Christ informs the Committee that the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission had 732 events and the overwhelming majority was free.
Dr. Fisher thinks the forms look fine.
Dr. Screws asks if the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission had any issues with these forms.
Mr. Christ couldn't think of any issues. Dr. Screws points out it has already passed the test of real world use.
Dr. Speer asks if any of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission sanctioned events produced any content such as seminars, symposiums, etc.
Mr. Christ states some art was created. Mr. Christ also points out the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission sanctioned some songs by Charley Sandage that are available on CDs
Dr. Speer points out the Curtis Sykes grant program requires any content must be deposited in the State Archives.
Mr. Christ points out that can be easily added as the ninth guideline.
Dr. Speer points out it's mostly transparent in how to deposit content, but seminars or symposiums can get tricky retrieving all of the speaker releases for recording purposes. In these cases, things may get complicated.
Mr. Christ says he can limit it to publications and paper that must be submitted to the State Archives. Then the person can get in touch with the State Archives for further instruction.
Mr. Griffin made a motion to approve the sanctioning process of the World War I Centennial
Commemoration Committee. The motion was seconded by Dr. Speer. A vote was taken, all approved the motion. No one opposed. The motion was passed.
Dr. Fisher calls on Mr. Christ to report on the Little Rock area Museums meeting.
Report on Little Rock Area Museums meeting
Mr. Christ reports on the meeting on May 19. There's a half dozen museums in the greater Little Rock area. This is an effort to figure out who will curate what during the commemoration.
The Old State House will focus on the Homefront effort.
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will focus on Recruitment and Propaganda because of their collection of posters.
The Arkansas State Archives has a vast collection of artifacts. They will do an exhibit in 2017.
They would make other artifacts available for other museums to use. The Arkansas State Archives has a traveling exhibit available. Dr. Speer added the History Commission could do an exhibit on in the trenches and on the field from all the artifacts picked up on the battlefield.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center has no WWI artifacts. If they do an exhibit, it will be on the African American experience in the war.
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies has a lot of photos and a great website. They will be happy to loan things for exhibits. They also have the Ron Robinson Theater for showing such films as "Wings" and "Sergeant York."
Dr. Screws would like to include Camp Robinson and Camp Pike Museums.
The Jacksonville Museum of Military History will focus on aviation in the war including Eberts Field.
The Inland Maritime Museum did not have a representative. The group discussed they might want to do something on the USS Arkansas and its activities during WWI.
UAMS is interested in doing something, but they could not be at the meeting. They may look at the medical side and the influenza angle. Historic Arkansas Museum or the Butler Center may be able to provide exhibit space for UAMS.
That group will meet again in 4-6 weeks for further discussion.
Dr. Fisher asks about the National WWI Committee. Mr. Christ states he does not have much information about them. Part of their mission will be to fund the National Memorial in
Washington, D.C. Mr. Christ states he will acquire more information about this group for the next meeting. Dr. Fisher states it will be useful to keep in touch with the national committee in order to be in the loop for all vital information and events.
The National WWI Museum in Kansas City is coordinating all the WWI exhibits and Mr. Christ will check on this information.
Discussion of Potential Partnerships
Dr. Fisher knows of at least one partnership with the American Legion. Ms. Jones states the American Legion was formed in WWI so they are preparing for their Centennial as well.
The American Legion Commemoration is sti ll in its conceptual stage. They will probably look to us for guidance.
The Arkansas Historical Association will meet in July 2016 to confirm, but the 2017 will at least have a partial WWI emphasis. The Arkansas Museums Association will probably partner.
Dr. Speer informs the committee about a working group at UALR to commemorate the 1919 Elaine Race Riots, but they are still in the initial stages of planning.
Dr. Screws brings up how history interacts. Dr. Screws remembers reading about the Elaine Race Riots told a story about how the Army worked by the event itself unfolding. The Governor called out the Army from Camp Pike, which Dr. Screws found odd that he did not call out the National Guard. Colonial Cluck let Dr. Screws know that due to the Dick Act of 1903. The government came up with a way to federalize the state guard which was utilized for the First
World War. However, they did not add a way to demobilize and take them back to state. This left only a skeleton of a guard in Arkansas. This left the governor no choice but to call out the army for Elaine. There was a railroad at Camp Pike, which took them directly to the Elaine area.
Dr. Screws thinks this story needs to be told.
Dr. Fisher thinks a larger working group of historians needs to concentrate on telling the story.
Dr. Screws suggests partnering with the history departments of universities for this purpose.
Dr. Fisher suggests the 2019 Arkansas Historical Association should commemorate the Elaine Race Riots. Mr. Christ will bring it up at their next meeting.
Dr. Fisher suggests partnering with the Arkansas Association of College History Teachers.
Dr. Fisher also suggests partnering with the National Guard Centennial Committee.
Mr. Papineau suggests the historian at Camp Pike would have more information about the history of Camp Pike's parent units in WWI.
Dr. Fisher asks Dr. Speer to keep the committee informed about the Elaine Race Riot workinggroup at UALR.
Discussion of Speakers Bureau
Mr. Christ informs the committee how the Speakers Bureau worked for the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Mr. Christ states the committee was aware of certain people known to speak to groups about the Civil War. They were contacted and provided a biographical paragraph and contact information. The Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission would continue to add people as a service to people who wanted a speaker. Some charged and some were free (state employee) It was useful for local organizations who were trying to do something to commemorate.
Dr. Fisher asks how many were on the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission website. Mr. Christ states around 20-30 people. Roundtables and historical societies used the speakers. A lot of the speeches would become sanctioned events.
Dr. Screws states we should aim for 10-15 people for the Speakers Bureau.
Dr. Screws would be available for Camp Pike. Dr. Screws also thinks Colonel Darnen Cluck would be a good choice. Dr. Fisher has a colleague who is a military historian he will ask. Dr. Speer suggests Brian Irby and Lauren Jarvis at the History Commission. Mr. Christ states he will be working on a general WWI PowerPoint presentation to present at the next meeting.
Discussion of agenda items for next meeting
There are not enough agenda items to meet in June. The next meeting will be in July.
Dr. Fisher asked Mr. Christ to get in contact with the Arkansas Association of College History Teachers to form a potential partnership.
Mr. Christ will look into the DAV formed as a result of WWI as well as the VA's plans.
Dr. Screws suggests a field trip to the National WWI Museum.
Dr. Speer lets the committee know the traveling exhibit has been reserved for April 2017 so the committee can choose where it's placed. Mr. Christ would like the exhibit at the AHA conference, which will most likely be in Pocahontas. Dr. Speer lets the committee know the contact info for scheduling the WWI traveling exhibit is Julian Crawford.
Schedule Next Meeting
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the National Guard Museum in Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. It will begin at 9:30 a.m.
Dr. Fisher asks for a motion to adjourn. Dr. Screws makes a motion and Mr. Christ seconded the motion.
The meeting was adjourned at 10:35 a.m.