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May 07

Spirit Award Q2 Student Winner: Henry Freeman

Posted to Newsletter on May 7, 2018 at 3:35 PM by Melissa Reeves

Henry Freeman

Note: This article is part of the Spring/Summer 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Spirit Award Q2 Student Winner: Henry Freeman

Henry Freeman is an 8-year-old resident who is passionate about volunteering. He is also the youngest student recipient of the Springdale Spirit Award.

He was chosen by Mayor Sprouse after receiving a glowing recommendation from Judy Costello, Education Manager with the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.

You may recognize Henry from the museum, or you may see Henry, his mother, and his brother, Oliver, around town in historical clothing. Abigail is a costume designer and they are sometimes extras in historical shows and movies.

Henry has been volunteering with the museum for two years.

"Two years ago, Henry volunteered at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History's (SMOH) Annual Cabin Fever Reliever/Collectors Day event by displaying one of his many collections," wrote Costello. "This event can be tiring for adults setting up and then sharing their display with a couple of hundred visitors. Henry enthusiastically shared with visitors, had energy to spare after packing up his own collection at the end of the day, and insisted on helping museum staff to stack chairs, move tables, and clean up. With this, a volunteer was born!"

He began volunteering for educational programs at the museum in September 2017. He lends a hand with a variety of educational activities, such as helping student learn how to use the spinning wheel.

 "Since beginning to volunteer, Henry has logged over 70 [volunteer] hours, has a calendar to keep track of dates he commits to volunteering, and is always asking 'Is there anything else I can do to help?'," wrote Costello.

Henry has made quite a name for himself. This past Christmas, he helped with the Log Cabin Christmas program and memorized "The Night Before Christmas" story by Clement C. Moore. A local television station recorded his reading of the classic poem in the museum's log cabin for the purpose of promoting local history and activities. 

He was also recently interviewed by a local kid's magazine and he had a chance to talk about why he loves coming to the museum.

Henry has such a great time at the museum, that when asked what his favorite part of volunteering was, he said "I like all of it!"

"He loves to help, he's a really good helper," said his mother, Abigail Freeman. "He's a really good problem-solver. If I ever have something I can't figure out, he's really good at figuring those things out. Mostly, he usually has a really good attitude about everything. He loves showing people things. That's why he likes to volunteer; he gets to demonstrate things for other kids."

Henry is a hard worker, and we appreciate him taking his time to help other young people in the community, and lending his talents to the Shiloh Museum.

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If you would like to nominate a student or an adult to win the Springdale Spirit Award, please visit us online at for more information and to access the application.
May 07

Shout out to Shiloh Museum volunteers

Posted to Newsletter on May 7, 2018 at 3:35 PM by Melissa Reeves

Note: This article is part of the Spring/Summer 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Shout out to Shiloh Museum volunteers

henryShiloh Museum volunteer and Springdale resident Henry Freeman (age 8) recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award "in recognition and appreciation for his commitment to strengthen our nation and communities through volunteer service."

Henry received the Silver Award for volunteering 57.5 hours of his personal time in 2017. He helps museum educators with school tours. Depending on the tour theme, you might find Henry helping students learn to use a spinning wheel as part of a "Pioneer Chores" activity, offering tips for an exhibit hall scavenger hunt, or reciting "The Night Before Christmas" during a "Log Cabin Christmas" program. 

He always arrives early to help set up for the tours and he always stays after the tours are over to help with clean-up. 

Henry is also one of our Springdale Spirit Award winners! You can read more about his great work here.

Congratulations and thank you, Henry! We're so glad you're a member of the Shiloh Museum family. 


janWhen Shiloh Museum volunteer and Springdale High School (SHS) graduate Jan Partain came in for her usual Friday morning stint in the research library a few weeks ago and brought in some really special items to donate to the museum. 

When Jan was crowned Miss SHS in 1975, she wore the lovely gown you see on the right in this photo. The following year, Jan wore the blue gown on the left when she transferred her crown to Miss SHS of 1976. 

Jan says that she and her mother drove to Tulsa to purchase the gowns at a dress shop called Paulette's.

Thank you, Jan, for allowing the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History to preserve these pieces of your past. You'll always be royalty in our book!

Oct 18

Check out Shiloh Museum’s new permanent exhibit, Modern Times

Posted to Newsletter on October 18, 2017 at 9:49 AM by Melissa Reeves

1950-Present Center

Note: This article is part of the Fall 2017 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.

Check out Shiloh Museum’s new permanent exhibit, Modern Times

The Shiloh Museum recently opened Modern Times, a new permanent exhibit focusing on Northwest Arkansas from 1950 to the present.

“The modern era in Northwest Arkansas can be summed up in two words: ‘growth’ and ‘change,’” said Susan Young, museum outreach coordinator and curator of the exhibit. “The exhibit takes a look at the driving forces behind that growth and change: Beaver Lake, the rise of the poultry, retail, transportation, and tourism industries, and the University of Arkansas.”

The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and admission is free. For more information, call 750-8165 or email You can also visit us online at

Current Exhibits at Shiloh Museum
  • Through Dec. 9: The Changing Face of Emma, photographs of Springdale’s first commercial district, from heyday to decline to present-day rejuvenation. 
  • Through Jan. 13, 2018: Strange Scenes in the Ozarks: M. E. Oliver’s Silk-Screened Art, an exhibit featuring pages from Madison County native M. E. Oliver’s 1955 book depicting the rural Ozarks he knew as a child. 
  • Through Feb. 17, 2018: Marketing Magic, an exhibit featuring historic advertising memorabilia in the museum’s collections.