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Crimes, scandals subject of CC Chronicles Aug. 4

Only about 25 seats are left for the Aug. 4 talk in the “Crawford County Chronicles” series at the Drennen-Scott Historic Site.

Tom Wing, DSHS site director and assistant professor at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, said the series has become so popular he’s having to turn people away each month.

“We’ve titled the August program ‘Crawford County Confidential,’” Wing said, and there will be three speakers talking about crimes and scandals.”

Wing said he will relate information about Parley Pratt and his murder in 1857 near Rudy and Fine Springs. Maryl Koeth, executive director of the Van Buren Advertising and Promotions Commission, will speak on a turn-of-the-century murder of an actor at the King Opera House.

“Some even think he haunts the opera house,” Wing said.

The third speaker will be Warren Blaylock, who was a previous speaker in the series. Blaylock is a Crawford County businessman, teacher, veteran and livestock farmer.

“He has such good stories to relate and is in such demand,” Wing said. “His topic is the Kimes brothers of Chester and what they did in the 1920s.”

The 2 p.m. talk will be held at the classroom of the historic home at the Drennen-Scott Historic Site, 221 N. 3rd St. in Van Buren. Limited parking will be available at the site’s Visitor Center. Those attending may also park at the Crawford County Courthouse, which is two blocks from the DSHS.

This is the fourth talk in the “Crawford County Chronicles” series. The talks are held on the first Sunday of each month through November.

UAFS acquired the Drennen home and acreage in 2005 and received several grants to restore the property and house, which dates back to the 1800s. The Drennen-Scott Historic Site, which opened to the public in May 2011, serves as a museum and educational facility for UAFS. John Drennen was a founder of Van Buren, politician, Indian agent, landowner and businessman.

Seating for the talks is limited and must be reserved. For reservations and more information, contact Wing at (479) 262-2750 or tom.wing@uafs.edu.

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