September 23, 2003 -- Posted at 7:42 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. --A group of historians, archivists, folklorists, writers, and folks fascinated by Arkansas history and culture want to put together an encyclopedia on the state.
The volume would tell the stories of the state's Delta blues and Ozark Mountains, Wal-Mart stores and rice fields, Bill Clinton and Orval Faubus, Scott Joplin and Johnny Cash. The effort is expected to cost 1.8 million dollars and take eight years. The volume is projected at 13-hundred pages.
The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is heading the project to produce the state's first Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.
Center director Tom Dillard there is no single book that covers such a broad range of Arkansas topics. The group wants to put that tool in the hands of students, teachers and the general public.