FedEx donates $100,000 to Pryor Center

Posted: February 8, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.

— FedEx has donated $100,000 to the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, the University of Arkansas has said.

University Chancellor G. David Gearhart said in a Thursday statement that the donation will help grow the center's collection. Since the Pryor Center was established in 1999, it has recorded and collected hundreds of stories told by those involved in Arkansas history.

"The Pryor Center has recorded thousands of hours of interviews and yet is still just scratching the surface in terms of the amount of state history it will save and share," he said.

The university said the center is investing in a story bus that will allow the center to connect with schools, communities and local historical organizations across the state.

Former U.S. Sen. David Pryor and his wife, Barbara, helped establish the center in 1999 to preserve and share Arkansas history.

"There's no shortage in the amount of diverse and compelling stories about Arkansas history that deserve to be saved and shared," Pryor said in a statement. "This gift will allow the center to continue to document history that's simply not available anywhere else."