2016 Lakeport Legacies Schedule
Lakeport Legacies is a monthly history talk held on one of the last Thursdays in the spring and summer months. The event is free and open to the public.
Refreshments and conversation at 5:30 pm · Program at 6:00 pm
March 24 · Meandering Rivers in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley: Influence on Human Civilization and Forest Resource Management · Dr. Brian Lockhart
April 28 · The Life and Wives of James Worthington Mason · Dr. Blake Wintory (Lakeport Plantation)
May 26 · The Adventures of the Bastianelli and Pianalto Sisters: History from the Tontitown Museum · Dr. Rebecca Howard (University of Arkansas)
June 23 · Clean Lines and Open Fields: A Look at Mid-Century Modern Architecture in the Arkansas Delta · Mason Toms (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program/Main Street Arkansas)
July 28 · Revising the Mississippi Capitol · Jennifer Baughn and Brenda Davis (Mississippi Department of Archives and History)
August 26 · The Other Lycurgus Johnson: U.S. Colored Troops and Civil War Pension Files in Chicot County · Dr. Blake Wintory (Lakeport Plantation)
Lakeport Plantation’s first Lakeport Legacies of 2016 will feature Dr. Brian Lockhart, a forest researcher. Dr. Lockhart will discuss the meanderings of the Mississippi, Arkansas and Ohio rivers in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) over the past 6,000 years. These meanderings have affected human settlement and trade, as well as, the species composition of bottomland hardwood forests. The natural meandering of these rivers have shaped the landscape of the MAV for millennia. Maps titled, Ancient Courses, Mississippi River Meander Belt, created in 1944 for the Army Corps of Engineers by Harold Fisk beautifully illustrate the ancient paths. Dr. Lockhart, who has degrees from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Yale University, and Mississippi State University, will also discuss how humans have recently affected the flow of rivers in the MAV and how scientists study and manage bottomland hardwood forests.