The Ordinary Life of Extraordinary Minnie

Brooks Blevins, professor of Ozarks studies at Missouri State University, discusses the life of Minnie Atteberry, a Searcy County, Arkansas, farm woman who kept a daily diary from the 1930s into the 1960s. The Atteberry diaries were donated to the Special Collections Department of Mullins Library at the University of Arkansas by Searcy County historian James Johnston in 1993. Recorded October 21, 2015.

Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State

Brooks Blevins, professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University, explores Arkansas’s image and stereotypes through the years. Recorded in 2009.

“Been A Busy Day”: The Milton Cooper Diaries

In 1984, at the age of 70, Madison County farmer Milton Cooper began keeping a daily diary. His entries describe a way of life common to many Ozark rural families, but rarely chronicled. Shiloh Museum outreach coordinator Susan Young shares some of his entries. Recorded August 18, 2010.

Gone to the Grave: Ozark Funeral Customs, 1850–1950

Independent researcher Abby Burnett discusses the ways Ozark folks helped one another when there was a death. Burnett was recently featured in “Silent Storytellers,” a documentary produced by the AETN about the history and culture of Arkansas cemeteries. Recorded May 19, 2010.