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Winslow Museum Receiving Grant for Play Production

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April 10, 2012 by Beverly Simpson

The Winslow Museum in Washington County will receive $2,000 in grant money to help produce “Maud Dunlap Duncan (1873-1958): Winslow’s Pharmacist, Mayor and Newspaperwoman.”  The project consists of two plays and an exhibit about the life of Maud Dunlap Duncan, one of Winslow’s most famous citizens. The month-long exhibit showcasing Duncan’s newspaper career will be open to the public through May as part of Arkansas Heritage Month.

Every year the month of May is set aside by the Department of Arkansas Heritage to explore Arkansas history and tradition. This year’s theme is Dreams and Determination: Arkansans at Work. Events held in association with Arkansas Heritage Month will highlight industries and individuals whose dedication has made an impact in Arkansas, all the way from the frontier pioneers of Arkansas Territory to present-day explorers of new frontiers in a high-tech world. A total of $50,000 will be awarded to 17 organizations hosting Arkansas Heritage Month projects.

Two plays featuring different phases of Duncan’s life will be presented to the public at the Farmer’s Market. A drama focusing on Duncan’s early life will be performed at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5. A lighthearted play depicting her time as Mayor of Winslow will be presented at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. The two plays, produced entirely by a group of local citizens, will be performed at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Ozark Folkways, located on Highway 71, four miles south of Winslow.

Maud Dunlap Duncan started her career in her late teens as a school teacher before becoming one of Arkansas’ first female pharmacists in 1906. Speaking out for women’s rights, she was elected mayor of Winslow’s “Petticoat Government,” an all-women city government. She took over her husband’s newspaper after his death in 1918 and was editor, publisher, printer and distributor until entering a nursing home in 1956.

“Arkansans work hard, especially when pursuing our dreams,” said Cathie Matthews, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.  “Arkansas’s homesteaders and pioneers persevered to create what we know today. For Arkansas Heritage Month 2012, we take a look at that hard work and what it means for our future. Heritage Month events such as this one give communities the opportunity to share lessons from the past with the citizens of today.”

The 16 other organizations that will receive Heritage Month grants are:  Walton Arts Center, Jackson County Historical Society, Faulkner County Museum, DeltaARTS, Eureka Springs Downtown Network Inc., Clark County Historical Association, Leslie Arts and Heritage Committee, Quapaw Quarter Association, Valley View Intermediate School, Friends of KLRE/KUAR, Booneville Historic Preservation Society, Bradley County Chamber of Commerce,  Arkansas River Valley Arts Center, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Friends of the Rogers Historical Museum and Benton County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee.

The Department of Arkansas Heritage and its agencies seek to recognize the state’s heritage and to enhance Arkansas’s quality of life through the discovery, preservation and presentation of the state’s cultural, natural and historic resources. For more information about Arkansas Heritage Month, visit ArkansasHeritage.com, connect on Facebook.com/ArkansasHeritage, or contact Melissa Whitfield at 501-324-9611 or melissaw@arkansasheritage.org.

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