The Fort Smith Historical Society met on Oct. 18, 2006, in the small meeting room at the main library. The meeting was called to order by the president, Billy Higgins. Members attending were Carole and Floyd Barger, Billy Higgins, Jerry Akins, Jerry Hendricks, Jo Tillery, Becky and J.P. Chancey, Jimmy Ciulla, Joanne Swafford, Chloe Lamon, Rena Westbrook, Joe Wasson, Ben Boulden and Gene McVay. Also attending were guests Al Whitson and Angie Ellis. Board member Pryor Cruce has health problems and his absence was excused.

Copies of the minutes of the last meeting by Chloe Lamon were distributed. There were two corrections: "Joanne Swafford and Jimmy Ciulla plan to go to Ft. Chaffee," and "James R. Moulton is the son of Dr. Everett Moulton." A motion to accept the minutes as corrected was made, seconded and passed unanimously.

Jo Tillery distributed copies of the membership report. She said that membership is based on renewals, new members and life memberships. It was suggested that we try to bring in faculty and students from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith. Application forms are on the Web site.

Billy Higgins had to leave early and turned the meeting over to the vice president, Ben Boulden.

Carole Barger gave the Journal report. The next journal will be out on April 1, so they need all material in by Feb. 1. Melanie Speer Wiggins is working on World War II stories now. Jerry Akins is working on "Hanging Times." The have room for more mateial. She asked if anyone would like to submit articles.

Carole also spoke of the major grant application proposal that we sent. The content of the programs will be World War II in Europe and Japan. The interviews will be published in a special issue of the Journal in November 2007. Jimmy Ciulla and Jerry Hendricks want to have a package to present to secondary schools. This grant will help to get speakers, too.

Old Business: The Boreham Library is cooperating with other state libraries on a digitalization of resources project. They want to include our Journals. There were questions about copy write laws and how it would affect sales of back issues. It was suggested that it might enhance sales of single books or whole sets after someone looks it up on the Internet. A motion was made, seconded and passed unanimously to give permission to include the Journals.

New Business: Carole distributed a report on the Fort Smith Oral History Studio Proposal. Suzy Hestand Laird has offered space and furnishings at the Fort Smith Museum of History. Melanie Speer Wiggins offered $1,000 to help in construction of a 12-by-14-foot sound proof room. Libby Ordendorff has donated kleg lights. Waldo Fisher, who does construction, had agreed to look at the space and give an estimate of necessary work and cost. A motion to build the room was made, seconded and passed unanimously.

Carole reported on a letter she had received from Arcadia Publishing — Images of America. They want to publish a book from our oral interviews with World War II veterans. It won't cost us anything and the authors would get royalties. There was a question about duplication of other books. Rena suggested a title of "Arkansans at War — A Military History of Arkansas Veterans."

Joe Wasson talked about the interviews they have done. They try to give a whole biography of the person. He told of interviewing a 96 year-old man and how interesting his military service and his life had been. Al Whitson asked about having UAFS students transcribe the tapes as part of their internship.

Joanne reminded us that several board members have not paid their dues. Their being no further business. The meeting was adjourned by vice president, Ben Boulden.

The date for the next quarterly meeting is January 17, 2007, at 5 p.m. at the Fort Smith Public Library.

Chloe Lamon, Recording Secretary