'Fifty From Fifty'

Shiloh Museum showcases pieces of past

Posted: February 4, 2018 at 4 a.m.

Courtesy Photo 1981 Block-gear pattern made by the Becker Machine Shop, Springdale, about 1935. J.W.G. Becker had a machine shop on Monitor Road where he offered ornamental iron work, pattern making and repair service for all kinds of engines, pumps and mills. -- Margaret Lester and Mary King collection

Carolyn Reno has had a uniquely fortunate position with the Shiloh Museum for 34 years of its 50-year history. She is the one who knows its collections most intimately.


Shiloh Museum

Selected Moments


On Sept. 7 the Shiloh Museum opens to the public in the upstairs of the old library building at the corner of Main and Johnson.


The museum obtains the entire old city library building.


Bob Besom is hired as the museum’s first full-time director.


In January the old museum building is closed.


The new museum building opens on Sept. 15.


New Era Lodge No. 36 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows donates their two-story, 1871 lodge building to the museum.

Bob Besom retires after 25 years as director; Allyn Lord succeeds him.


A complete exhibit hall renovation, to be finished by the museum’s 50th anniversary in 2018, is marked by the opening of the new “Settling the Ozarks” (1820-1860) exhibit, including bilingual (English and Spanish) interpretation.


The second renovated core exhibit, covering the Civil War through the World War I period, opens.

The historic 1871 Shiloh Meeting Hall becomes the focus of a $1 million renovation campaign.


The third renovated exhibit, covering the 1920-1950 period, opens.

The museum is recognized as one of the “Top Ten Things to Do in Arkansas” by Southern Living magazine.


Shiloh Meeting Hall’s interior renovation is completed and property improvement designs finalized, partly with help from a Walton Family Foundation grant of $255,673.

The fourth renovated exhibit, covering the 1950-to-the-present period, opens.

The museum is recognized as one of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s “Top Ten Stories of 2017” in arts and culture.


The museum begins its 50th year.


‘Fifty From Fifty’

WHEN — Through Jan. 12, 2019; hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday

WHERE — Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale

COST — Free

INFO — 750-8165

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