Benton County Historical Society
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In the fall of 1954, a handful of concerned citizens vowed to ensure that the history of Benton County be recorded and passed on to succeeding generations. They formed the Benton County Historical Society, which now has members distributed over 40 states.
Members who have roots in Benton County are helping to keep its history alive and in front of the public during the current period of tremendous growth.
The Society has also assumed responsibility for maintaining historical markers and monuments which BCHS helped to erect throughout Benton County. These markers and monuments permanently identify the location of Civil War battles and other historic incidents.
Membership is open to everyone interested in the history and heritage of Benton County.
BCHS Mission: "A Society Preserving Yesterday for Tomorrow"
The Benton County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, recounting, publishing, and otherwise preserving and disseminating the history of Benton County, Arkansas.
The society exists to promote
understanding and appreciation of the written and oral history of
County, Arkansas and contiguous areas. To attain this goal BCHS seeks
position itself as the pre-eminent source of Benton County historical
Four General Meetings are held each year, on the second Sunday of February, April, and September. In addition, a Holiday Social is held each December to enable the membership to become acquainted and informally recount items from the past.
General Meetings feature programs with
presented 'live' by invited speakers. These meetings are held at
the Peel Mansion - or at other locations in the County - from 2:30 to
PM on Sunday afternoons.
All General Meetings are open to members and the public and admission is free. News releases in the media will remind everyone of forthcoming meetings and announce programs and speakers for a specific date.
BCHS Location - With MapsThe Historical Society is located in the historic Center at Compton Gardens, 312 N. Main St., Bentonville, Arkansas. (The headquarters have recently moved there from the Peel Mansion.)
Historic Compton Gardens
A winter view - click image for full photo.
The mailing address is:
Benton County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1034
Bentonville, AR 72712
The Historical Society's headquarters at Compton Gardens is open Tuesday through Saturday (10 AM to 4 PM) from March through November and 11 AM to 3 PM in December through February (except during holidays and bad weather) by volunteers from the Benton County Historical Society or the Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society.
BCHS members and the public are welcome to do research in the historical and genealogical archives. They can also obtain back issues of The Pioneer and other historical publications for sale there. During holiday seasons it is a good idea for intended visitors to phone ahead to make sure the archives will be open at the expected time.
To obtain a membership form, just click
here to view a copy, then enter Ctrl-p to print it.
The Benton County
Online Pioneer Resources:
Please click here for a complete name index of Volume 47 (2002) of the Pioneer. Information for later issues will be added to the website as made available. Also see complete name index in the Fourth Quarter issue of each recent volume.
Back issues of The Benton County Pioneer, are available for $5.00 each, postage paid, Contact us to order back copies or article reprints.
The special, double-size, "Civil War Centennial Issue" (Volume 7, No. 3 of 1962) is $12.00, postpaid. Click here to review the annotated table of contents.
(Books are Softbound; prices are postage paid, except as noted.)
Click for 1903 Atlas CD and other New Items
1889 Goodspeeds (Benton County History) Newly reprinted by BCHS, accompanied by a complete index. $25.00
Mail in Benton County, Post offices (1836-1976) and their history,
of Benton County: Arranged by Townships - as the census- takers
wrote it. Published by the BCHS.
Obituaries of Benton County, Arkansas, Compiled by Barbara P. Easley & Verla McAnelly. Provide insight on the medical and social history. All volumes are indexed.
Supplies are limited. But since copies
of "out of
*** Additional books will be advertised when available. ***
Benton County History Capsule
Benton County, Arkansas is located in the northwest corner of the state. Founded in 1836, the county is located on the Ozark plateau and adjoins Oklahoma to the west and Missouri to the north. Large scale agriculture, notably apples and pears production, was the main economic engine from the 1890's
Benton County has enjoyed tremendous growth
late 1980's. Between 1990 and 1997 the population increased by more
34% to 130,000. The population growth has included significant numbers
of Hispanics and other ethnic groups attracted by employment
Major changes affecting Benton County include the opening of XNA, the
Arkansas Regional Airport (November 1998); an improved connection to
Interstate highway system (January 1999); and inauguration of a major
supply link to boost development in the western part of the
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