Governor's Mansion Subject of History Project

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Governor's Mansion will get its own special place in a history drawing upon the accounts of those who lived there.  The mansion has been home to the state's first families since 1950, when Sid McMath and his family moved into the residence.

John P. Gill, a Little Rock lawyer and author of "The Crossroads of Arkansas," began the project last spring and doesn't expect to complete it any earlier than the end of next year.

Graduate students in the public history program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock helped Gill gather material.  They interviewed some 30 former governors or their family members, including brothers Phillip and Bruce McMath, Bill Bumpers, and John Mark Huckabee.

The tentative title for the book is "Open House."

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