Mount Magazine State Park, located 19 miles south of Paris, has scheduled a number of activities for Saturday and Sunday.
Here is a rundown of events:
WPA Walk: 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Meet in the Benefield Picnic Area. In 1938 the Works Progress Administration labored to improve Mount Magazine into a recreational resort. Evidence of their efforts can be found on several trails. Take a 1-mile guided walk to find historic sites hidden by time and nature. Admission is free.
Artifact Road Show: 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the Visitor Center classroom. View the park’s collection of historical artifacts not normally on display. Here is an opportunity to donate to the collection items pertaining to Mount Magazine’s history. Of special interest are old photographs showing people and buildings on the mountain. Admission is free of charge.
Eras of Change: 3 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center Classroom. History on Mount Magazine came in phases effected by national and world events. A chronological sequence of images explains historical activities that led to what is now Mount Magazine State Park. Early settlers, the Great Depression, lodging, and tourism played important roles. This presentation will introduce various eras that brought above changes on the mountain that led to the development of Arkansas’s 50th state park. Admission is free.
Book signing: 3:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the Visitor Center Lobby. Meet Park Interpreter Don Simons, the author of Mount Magazine, a brand-new photographic history book of life on Arkansas’s highest mountain from early settlers to development of the park. Get your copy of this book for $21.99 in the visitor center gift shop and have it signed by the author. Admission is free.
Cameron Bluff Walk: 10 a.m. until 11 a.m in the first parking area on Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive. Explore history and nature found along scenic Cameron Bluff Overlook Drive during this easy, guided tour. Search for Townsend’s solitaires, birds seldom seen in Arkansas. Hear about plans for the WPA amphitheater now under construction. Admission is free.
For more information, call 963-8502, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.