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Buckley T. Foster: “John Wesley Woodward: Founder of the First School for the Deaf in Arkansas”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Buckley T. Foster

Foster will profile John Wesley Woodward, founder of the first school for the deaf in Arkansas.  Born in 1820 in Virginia, Woodward contracted a case of scarlet fever that took his hearing as a child. Schooled in France, he arrived in Arkansas in 1850. Before his death at age forty-five, Woodward did many things in addition to founding the first deaf/mute school in the state in Clarksville in 1851. He was an assistant clerk of Johnson County, enrolling clerk for the Arkansas House of Representatives, associate editor of the True Democrat, and convention scribe for the Arkansas State Constitutional Convention in 1861. He also published poems, drew, and played chess with the skills of a master.

Buckley T. Foster is a lecturer at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, teaching classes in American military history, the Old South, the American Civil War, the Vietnam War, Arkansas history, and the history of hunting and fishing. He is the coordinator of the Southern and Arkansas Studies minor at UCA and is currently researching the end of market hunting and the rise of the sportsman in Arkansas. Foster, a resident of Clarksville, has presented and published about such subjects as William T. Sherman’s Mississippi campaign, Fort Smith citizens during the Civil War, Arkansas hunting, the first Arkansas school for the deaf, and war and the environment.

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About Legacies & Lunch

Legacies & Lunch is a free monthly program of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies about Arkansas-related topics.

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May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm