Police & Fire

Historic Hot Springs topic of upcoming talk

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For The Arkadelphian


Ralph S. Wilcox of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will present “Hot Springs Properties on the National Register of Historic Places” at the next meeting of the Ouachita Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society. This talk will be held on Tuesday, July 5, at 7 p.m. in the board room at Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, 200 Whittington Ave., Hot Springs. The event is free and open to the public.

Since Hot Springs’ first properties were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, over 75 National Register nominations for properties in Hot Springs have been approved by the National Park Service. This talk will give some background information on the National Register of Historic Places and also explore some of the varied resources in Hot Springs that have been listed on the National Register. 

Wilcox, National Register and Survey Coordinator for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, is a native of Meadville, Pennsylvania. After graduation from Altoona Area High School, he obtained his BA in History from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and obtained his MS in Historic Preservation from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

After completing his Master’s in 1997, he began work with the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology in Indianapolis reviewing federally-assisted projects for their effects on historic resources. In 2001, Ralph became the Principal Investigator of Architectural History at Sagamore Environmental Services, Inc., also in Indianapolis, where he was involved in cultural resource compliance for telecommunications towers, and architectural surveys.

Wilcox has been with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program as the National Register and Survey Coordinator since April 2002. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Commercial Archeology since 2007. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, traveling, and music as a pianist and organist. 

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