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The State Parks of Arkansas - The Natural State: E-Newsletter

Infant Mortality
Our park family was touched by a painful loss recently. As our hearts go out to the parents, let us look back at a time when such loss was common instead of the exception. Here is a site that it explains some of its historic causes -
A quick look at the Washington Telegraph newspaper from the 19th century was revealing.

Died. (September 28, 1842)This is a featured page

DIED - In this place, on the 24th instant, of croup, JOSEPH M.W., infant son of SIMON T. and Zenobia A. Sanders, aged 1 year 11 months...

Obituary (June 28, 1848)This is a featured page

Died, in this place on the 26th instant, CAROLINE, infant daughter of Dr Benj. P. Jett, aged 16 months and six days.
Also, at Columbus, in this county on the 26th instant CYNTHIA ELIZABETH, infant daughter of Capt. Simon T. Sanders, aged 4 months and 3 days.


Obituary (May 22, 1850)This is a featured page

Departed this life, on the 12th inst., WILLIAM EDWARD, infant son of George W. and Deborah J. Green, of this place, aged 9 months and one day....


Obituary (June 19, 1850)This is a featured page

Died on the 31st ult., Sarah Elizabeth, infant daughter of Georgia W. and Deborah J. Green of this place, born 11th Aug., 1849, -- span of life, 9 months and 20 days....


Special Letter to Home Educators from Historic Washington
Good Morning Families and Educators,

Just wanted to drop a reminder that our 2013 Home School Day for February is right around the corner. We are starting to get calls and certainly look forward to all of your visits.  We hope to offer some of the past programs as well as introduce some new ones to the mix, so please mark Friday February 15th on your calendars and give us a call at 870-983-2684 to let us know that you’re going to be joining us.  Programming begins at 9:00 AM and goes until around 4:00PM, Williams' Tavern restaurant will be open from 11AM until 3PM so your welcome to bring sack lunches or enjoy Williams' Tavern. You may also choose to order burger meals in advance for your larger groups at a cost of only $5.50 each including tax. (burger, chips, cookie and drink)

Also those of you that have already purchased a Family Museum Pass will be able to use that for admission for you and your children. This pass allows unlimited visits for one year from date of purchase for a  cost of $30.00.  Besides Historic Washington State Park, it also applies to Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park, Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Parkin Archeological  State Park, Powhatan Historic State Park and Toltec Mounds State Park.  You may purchase a Family Museum Pass at our Visitor Information Center or renew your out- of- date pass as well. Pass must be presented at time of arrival.   (The Family Museum Pass only applies to Parents and Children through the age of 18, immediate family only)
Historic Washington State Park
On this special day our interpretive staff will provide a special experience for home school groups. Students will experience Frontier Days as the 19th century pioneers would have experienced it. Programming will be designed to correlate with state curriculum requirements. Sign up early for this hands-on adventure! Contact the park for further details and reservations. See 2012 Album on Google+.

Admission: $5.50 plus tax  ($6.04)

CONTACT: Ph: 870-983-2684,
Snow Days Pictures
Who likes to see snow pictures? Anybody out there like to have help some saving money at the store? A talented frugalist (okay, so I made that word up), who loves the park, has a blog that combines helping others save money and her love of photography. We hope you stop by her blog to enjoy both.


Free ebook on the American frontier available for Kindle or Kindle on the computer. The frontier is a mobile term which applied to different areas as the nation expanded west. While Arkansas is in the middle of the United States now, at one time it was a frontier. Learn about common experiences to those who settled the American Frontier in this book.

History Links
You can look at all of the great information on events for history buffs at

Receipt and Recipe

Sometimes we all feel a need for comfort food. Our family has personally been feeling this way and our park family has too, so we will share some of our favorite recipes that remind us of home and loving comfort.

Hamburger Hash
1 lb ground beef (80/20)
6 Red potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks
1 onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of water

Brown the ground beef and onions together, when onions are translucent, add the potatoes. Add the water. Stir and add salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender.
[Source: Oma Aldridge Breshears personal recipe]

White Chili

Do not drain any of the canned goods

2 cans great northern beans

2 cans cannellini beans (white kidneys) 1 can rotel

1 can petite diced tomatoes with garlic, or chili ready or regular ones if you prefer

1 can of chunked chicken

2 cans chicken broth or about 5 bullion cubes and a couple of cups of water

Season with cumin, garlic powder, onion powder or minced onions, and a little chili powder.

Optional seasonings – Cavender's and Creole seasoning

Combine all ingredients and cook over medium low heat until heated through.
[Source: Martha Siler, HIstorytellers Interpretive Services]

Hands-On Historic Happenings

Dutch Oven Cooking 2                           February 2,         10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Valentine's Dinner                                 February 8,           6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Valentine's Dinner                                 February 9,           6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Frontier Days for Home Schools              February 15, 2013         

Frontier Days at the Hill of Five Trails       February 16 - 17,                

Introduction to Forging Workshop          February 16 - 17,  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Basic Dutch Oven Cooking Workshop      February 23,       10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Call 870-983-2684 for details  or check the online Calendar of Events

Ways to Be Involved
Volunteer! Call Vicky at 870-983-2558 or email.
Special Rates
Coupon - $1.00 off Horse drawn surrey ride.
Group Rates
- Book a reservation for your group of 20 or more and everyone gets $1.00 off.
Annual Passes - Unlimited visits and special events-Individual -$20.00 or Family- $30.00
For more information - 870-983-2684


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  Historic Washington State Park
P.O. Box 98
Washington, AR 71862

Phone: (870) 983-2684
Fax: (870) 983-2736

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