Sentinels of History
A collection of essays and photographs, historic and modern, that sketches Arkansas history through its preserved buildings and areas.
Sentinels of History was conceived of as a way to mark the turn of the millennium by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. This generously illustrated book contains thirty-nine essays, each of which showcases an important Arkansas site and is written by a noted authority. Also included is a location map for these sites and a full appendix providing location information, county by county, for the more than two thousand surviving properties in Arkansas (as of June 1999) that appear on the National Register. The essays are as wide-ranging as Roger Kennedy's placement of the Toltec Mounds at the time of Charlemagne, Donald Harington's sensitive look at the "bigeminal" architecture of the Wolf dogtrot cabin, and Neil Compton's egalitarian tribute to the Boxley Valley Historic District on the Buffalo National River.
At least one current color photo of the site and one historic image are included with each essay. In addition, illustrations of the locations or structures listed in the appendix are scattered throughout sections. In all, Sentinels of History serves as a lavish inventory of historic properties in Arkansas at the end of the twentieth century.
"When I look at 117 Harvey Street, most remarkable for its simplicity, I am proud to say I hail from a place where a boy could grow up to be president."
"Mack" McLarty on Clinton's birthplace, Hope
"During a tour in 1987 we walked slowly down the halls while students were inside their classrooms. Students stamping their feet on the concrete floor of the auditorium while applauding no longer make me wonder when they will break out in a frenzy. Being in a hallway crush of students is not scary anymore."
Elizabeth Eckford on Central High School, Little Rock
Mark K. Christ is Community Outreach Director at the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and has edited Rugged and Sublime: The Civil War in Arkansas.
Cathryn H. Slater is deputy director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.