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El Dorado Days 2014

It is time to plan your arrival back home. For those at home, prepare to welcome back our family and friends! The events are scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6.

As usual, we will be at the American Legion. The memorial service will be at First Baptist Church on Sunday, July 6, at 4:00 p.m. Robert Riley, class of 1954, will produce the program. Apologies to the faithful picnic attendees because this event will be bypassed
this year.

On Thursday night, we are encouraging attendees to wear your class T-shirt at the Meet and Greet. Juanita Adams Brown will prepare the finger food. Friday night, Rance Oilson and Elisha Modica, will host a give back to the community. This is a thank you to the El Dorado Days staff and to those who support the function. They will serve
dinner at 8:00 p.m.

The class of 1954 will celebrate its’ 60th reunion. This class was the pioneer for celebrating 50th reunions, and now they are setting the mark for 60 years! The classes of 1964 and 1969 will also have reunions.

Listed below are the local motel phone numbers and the prices quoted:

Country Suites 870-881-0455

single king bed or two queen beds: $103; suites $133
senior rates: $92 and $119

Comfort Suites 870-863-4300

$95 for all rooms

Econo Lodge 870-862-5191

king bed $59.99; queen bed $49.44

Hampton Inn 870-881-1800

rooms with one or two queen beds: $109
king bed with pull out sofa: $115

Holiday Inn Express 870-881-8900

king bed $85; king suite $95 w/minimum 3 nights stay–or– king bed $105; king suite $120 per night

LaQuinta 870-863-6677

single queen bed $70; two queen beds $75

Super 8 870-862-1000

king bed: $64; two queen beds: $69; suite $89

On another note: As you are aware, Mrs. Marzelle Smith passed away on December 31, 2013. Two of her legacies are the South Arkansas African American Historical Society and the African American History Museum.

Under her direction, the organization pressed the City of El Dorado and the School Board until the former Carver Elementary School was given back to our community to house the museum.

The building is in need of a new heating and cooling system. The intent of this correspondence, is to make you aware the museum needs to raise money in order to purchase a system and to fund the operating expenses.

A goal of $100,000 has been established. With so many prosperous and successful people from El Dorado, we feel this is obtainable. However, we need to give substantially. Let us all open our checkbooks to support keeping Mrs. Smith’s legacies alive. El Dorado Days supports this endeavor.

It has been suggested to make this fund raising a competition among the classes to see which class has the biggest heart. We just need to reach this goal. The South Arkansas African American Historical Society will send updates to be posted on this web site. Check back often to see the progress.

Contact Ms. Linda Williams via email at williamslinda50@yahoo.com or 870-875-2611.

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