Dr. Brooks Blevins

Dr. Brooks Blevins, professor of Ozark studies at Missouri State University, will present “Bee Gums and Flax Skeins: Farming in the Pioneer Ozarks,” Wednesday, May 18 at noon. Dr. Blevins is author of Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State, and Hillfolks: A History of Arkansas Ozarkers and Their Image. He's also a homegrown Ozarker, who still lives on his family farm in the east Arkansas Ozark community of Violet Hill. Susan Young would know him and have contact info.


Joe Bott

Joe Bott an avid vintage photograph collector  began collecting photos in the mid 60’s and has to date almost 28,000 photos in his private collection .  Around the year 2000 DeadFred.com started with 2,000 images online and a desire to reunite  as many  folks as possible with their  Ancestors  photos . Today , after 10 years Dead Fred  Genealogy Photo Archive has achieved more than 1800 reunions  and has now more than 100,000 photo records uploaded by people around the globe with over 10,000 unique visitors a week looking for their ancestors or helping to unite other people with theirs .  Dead Fred’s Genealogy Photo Archive has appeared on NPR Radio KUAF  , MSNBC The Today Show , and has been voted in the top 25 genealogy websites by Family Tree Magazine  

Principle Scientist at Tyson Foods with 40+ years of Research and Development experience married to Laurie Bott , has  4 children and 11 grandchildren  . Raised in Souther Nj and moved to Springdale in 1993 from Lancaster Co Pa  .



Dan Byler

Dan Byler was born and raised as an Amish boy.  At 23 he joind the Mennonite Church.  He and his wife of  27 years have 4 children.  He was ordained to the ministry on August 27, 1993 at Woodlawn Mennonite Church in Goshen Indiana.  On Octoeber 12, 2001 his family moved to Huntsville Arkansas in a church planting effort.  Today, Lighthouse Mennonite Church has an attendance of 95.  Mr. Byler is co-pastor of the church along with two other ordained ministers.
Tracing your lineage sometimes presents unique challenges.  Come get ideas on how to search for your Mennonite ancestors.


Mary Deere

Mary Deere did the Code Talker Program while serving as State Chairman of American Indian Committee.  I saw an article in the newspaper about the death of one of the originals and I  thought how interesting this was so I did some research and before I knew it I was "hooked" and put my program together to present to my chapter.

I have lived in Benton, AR all of my life and joined the DAR in 1987.

Mary Deere has been a member of the DAR since 1987.  A native of Benton AR, she has lived there all her life.  While serving as chairman for the American Indian Committee in the DAR she read an article about the death of a Code Talker and was so intrigued that she began studying Code Talkers.  She has been fascinated ever since and gives programs on them to various groups


Carole Falkner

Carole Falkner has had a passion for genealogy her entire life, and has done extensive research on her Ohio and Connecticut roots.  She is a member of the Mayflower Society and the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and enjoys her hobby of helping others research their ancestors. She and her husband raised their daughters in Central Arkansas where she taught school for many years. Her degrees in History and Foreign Language have often led her to travel and to live abroad. Now her home is in Fayetteville, where she enjoys her grandchildren and her other passion: bass fishing.  


Karen Ferris

Karen Andersen Farris was born and raised the eldest of nine children in a town her great grandparents helped settle in Utah.  She enjoys reading and would someday like to write the "Great American Novel" about regular people doing extraordinary things.



Bonnie Hutchins

Bonnie Hutchins is originally from Rexburg, Idaho.  She holds degrees from Ricks College (BYU Idaho) and Idaho State University.  She is a member and Treasurer of the Indian Territory Genealogical & Historical Society.  Member of The Mayflower Society, New England Genealogical Society, The Pilgrim Society and Idaho Historical Society.  Says Bonnie: "I have been doing genealogy/family history since my first genealogy class at Ricks College.  Just after my husband and I got married we got my Mother-in-Law interested in family history - she went on to become the main Cherokee researcher for the Indian Territory genealogical & Historical Society located at Northeastern State University.  I inherited her extensive Cherokee research library and have come to love Cherokee research.  I wonder if the part of my family who came on the Mayflower and subsequent ships bought land from my husband's family of Native Americans.    All of my Great or GreatGrand parents came across the plains to Utah with my Great Grandmother's family being members of the infamous Willey Handcart Company.  I have been lucky to have many members of my family diligently doing family history for many years."  Bonnie is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and attends the Talequah Ward.   


Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson is a veteran of the Korean War (1952) and the Viet-nam War (1969).  In Korea he was a rifleman in "G" Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. During the Viet-nam War he was an Infantry Advisor to the 4th and 5th Infantry Battalions, Vietnamese Marine Corps. In addition to the standard Marine Corps Junior Officer assignments, Jim was the Senior Marine on the White House/Department of Defense POW/MIA Task Force, responsible for the return of the U.S. Prisoners from North Viet-nam, Laos and China during "OPERATION HOMECOMING",  during  early spring 1973. 


Upon his return from Viet-nam, he was assigned as Head, US Marine Corps Casualty Section, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC and was the Marine Officer responsible for management of the Marine killed-in-action (KIA), Marine wounded-in-action (WIA) and Marine prisoners-of-war (POW) and Marines mission-in-action (MIA) programs.    Major Johnson, was also a writer for Dr. Henry Kissinger (POW/MIA matters, only) and an Aide the the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He  served as the Senior Marine on the US Navy Neuropsychiatric Research Team.  Major Johnson made more than  one-hundred notifications of death or serious wounding to Marine families.


Since departing the Marine Corps in 1977; he has,  and continues to lead capital campaigns, planning studies  and  Institutional Advance and Development for major not-for-profits in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, and the Solomon Islands.  Listed among his former clients are: U.S. Naval Academy, Detroit Children's Hospital, Texas A&M International University, University of the Ozarks, London School of Economics, and the PGA.  Jim's present client is the U. S. Marshals Museum, a $50.0M Capital Campaign.


Residing in Springdale, AR, Linda and Jim Johnson are the parents of six children. Jim is  a Rotary  Paul Harris Fellow and active in the Springdale Rotary Club. He is the holder of three world flight records, a collector of WW II and Korean War memorabilia (no weapons), to include books, paper, uniforms, posters, plaques and other assorted items to numerous to mention. He is a graduate of the University of the Ozarks and attended graduate school at Arkansas, Texas Tech,  and the University of Missouri (School of Mines) Rolla.


Kris Katrosh

Kris Katrosh joined the staff of the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Visual and Oral History at the University of Arkansas in Fayettevill in January 2007.  Previously, he was an award winning film and video producer/director at Dempsey Film Group in Little Rock, where he also served for several years as general manager.


Jim Miller

Jim Miller  -  Jim Miller is the Associate Dean of Law at the University of AR - Fayetteville.
He will teach legal terminology of genealogical importance.


Tim Nutt

Tim is a native of Bigelow, Perry County, Arkansas. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Oklahoma.


Carol Reel

Bio: Born in IL, raised in TX and a resident of AR for 20 years, Carol Reel is a member of the DAR and the organizing president of the Washington County Genealogical Society.  She has been doing genealogy most of her life influenced by visiting her family at her great-great-grandmother’s 1893 home.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in History and retired from the insurance business after 30 years.


Rachel Silva

Rachel Silva is a native of Fayetteville, AR and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History.  She is the Preservation Outreach Coordinator for the AR Historic Preservation Program.  She develops and delivers various programs on Historic preservation, writes articles for publication and nominations for the National Register of Historic Places.
Journaling is a special way to look back to the memories and history of your life from your perspective..  When you look back in your journal to everyday events that you wrote about and have forgotten , it will uplift your life and remind you of things that you have forgotten.  It is a peak into your life that others will appreciate. 


Gary Taylor

Retired University professor 

taught English Education at the U of A for 38 years

Father of 8 children who are now adults!

Grandfather of 19

Has Journaled the scriptures for over 20 years


Michele Taylor

Registered Dietitian, certified in Adult Weight Maintenance
owned a private practice in dietetics in Utah for 14 years. 
Mother of 3 children who are now adults. 
Has kept a journal consistently for 35 years.
Assistant director of the Jones Family History Center


Christina Twardowski

Christina Twardowski is especially knowledgeable in the areas of newspaper research and ancestry trees.  She has been doing genealogy for over 20 years.  A member of the DAR she is a volunteer genealogist in the DAR and an avid researcher. 


Susan Young 

Bio: Susan Young is the outreach coordinator at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, a position she has held since 1994.  Susan is a lifelong resident of Fayetteville, and a fifth-generation Ozarker.  She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas.  Susan's duties at the museum include presenting programs to community and civic groups, planning events, putting together the quarterly newsletter, maintaining the museum website and social  media, coordinating the volunteer program, and managing the museum store.  Susan is the author of So Big, This Little Place: The Founding of Tontitown, Arkansas, 1898-1917, published by the Tontitown Historical Museum.  Susan’s Ozark history interests focus on traditional folkways, religion, and cemeteries.  In her spare time, Susan enjoys traveling, gardening, genealogy, and birding.
Susan Young
Outreach Coordinator
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
118 W. Johnson Avenue
Springdale, AR  72764


Joshua Youngblood

Joshua Youngblood joined the University of Arkansas Libraries Special Collections in July 2011 as the Research and Outreach Services Librarian. Before that, he was Archives Historian for the Florida Memory Program of the State Library and Archives of Florida. 

Born in Monroe, LA, he has long roots in north Louisiana and western Mississippi. He attended high school at the Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in downtown Augusta,  GA before following a music scholarship back to Monroe where he attended the University of Louisiana Monroe. Belonging to the university symphony, jazz ensemble, symphonic band, and marching band.,In 1999, he received a B.A. in history with a minor in music performance and completed the University’s Honors Program. 

He received a Master’s of Arts in history from the FL State University in 2004. The father of two boys, he now lives in Fayetteville. In addition to history and historical research, Joshua still plays trumpet and pursues a variety of other interest such as historic preservation, outdoor recreation, conservation, and organic and local foods.