Rice to speak at Civil War club meeting in Bella Vista

BELLA VISTA — Maylon Rice will present a program titled “The Postwar Political and Economic Consequences of the Civil War in Arkansas State Government” at the Bella Vista Museum on April 7, according to an announcement from the Bella Vista Civil War Roundtable.

Rice, of Fayetteville, is originally from Arkansas. Raised in Warren, he gained a background in journalism and history at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. He was involved in newspapers and interested in the history of Arkansas over the past half century. He is a life member of the Arkansas Historical Association, past board member of the AHA, past president of the Washington County Historical Society, life member of the Pulaski County Historical Society, and occasional book reviewer for the Fort. Smith Historical Journal.

Rice has been in northwest Arkansas since 1980, in Benton and Washington counties. He writes a weekly political column for newspapers in Bella Vista, Prairie Grove, Farmington, Lincoln and Siloam Springs.

Rice will discuss nine essential governors of Arkansas, from Henry Massie Rector, 1860, to Simon P. Hughes, 1885, and how this 25-year period during and after the Civil War affected the economy, politics and landscape from Arkansas.

The program will be presented at 7 p.m. The meeting is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted to help with speaker expenses.

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