Hardaway presents at historical conference in Arkansas

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Hardaway presents at historical conference in Arkansas

Dr. Roger Hardaway

Dr. Roger Hardaway, professor of history at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently presented a research paper at the annual Arkansas Historical Association conference in Helena, Ark.

Hardaway’s paper was titled “Arkansas and the Confederate Constitution.” He has been researching the constitution of the Confederate States of America for several years, and has published two scholarly articles on the constitution and the people who wrote it.

The conference brought together scholars and history buffs from all over Arkansas, as well as a few from other states.

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to be able to share some of my research with a large and interested audience in a historic setting,” Hardaway said.

Hardaway noted that at one time Helena had a significant and active Jewish community, and the session in which he delivered his presentation was held in a former synagogue that has been restored and maintained by the local historical society.

Helena was the site of a Civil War battle on July 4, 1863, won by Union forces. Conference participants were taken on a tour of the battlefield, as well as to several other historic sites in the town.

“Attending the conference was a wonderful scholarly and cultural experience,” Hardaway said.