“American Civil War, Then and Now” by Kevin Bodenhamer will be the topic at the Tuesday, June 25 meeting of the Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society to be held in the Knox Room at the Donald W. Reynolds Library, 300 Library Hill, Mountain Home.
Kevin’s talk will examine the war from both Union and Confederate views, impacts on local citizens during the war. He will discuss post war issues and notable leaders from 20th century influenced by the Civil War and conclude with how do we honor those men who fought so long ago.
Kevin states, “My Bodenhamer ancestors made their way down from the Marshfield, MO area to Mtn. Home, Baxter County, Arkansas after the Civil War. (1871) Our Family has helped build Baxter County since it was created in 1873. I have tried to the best of my ability to continue our family commitment to building a great community in which to live.
“I graduated from Mtn. Home High School in 1989. I graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelors in Secondary Education in 1993. I have been a history teacher at Norfork High School from 1996 to present. I am a member and past president of the Baxter County Historical Society and helped establish the Mtn. Home Downtown Commercial Historic District. I served 8 years on the Baxter County Quorum Court. I am currently serving on the Baxter County Library Board of Trustees and treasurer of the Mtn. Home Rural Fire District. I was also a team member in helping restore the Historic Wolf House in Norfork which is now a part of the Arkansas Department of Heritage. I’m also a past commander of the 27th Arkansas Inf. Camp 1519, Sons of Confederate Veterans and present Commander of Wiggins Battery, Civil War Reenactment group.
I love to teach my students and folks about the importance of learning our history and all aspects and viewpoints about American History.”
The Baxter County Historical Society meets the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00. Most meetings are held at the Donald W. Reynolds Library. Meetings are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Society at 870-425-2551, or visit the Baxter County Heritage Center at 808 S. Baker on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-4:00. Website: www.baxtercountyhistory.org Facebook: Baxter County Historical & Genealogical Society, Inc.