Hill Recognized for Preservation of Arkansas History
Little Rock, Arkansas – Congressman French Hill (AR-02) issued the following statement after being awarded 2018 Tom Dillard Advocacy Award by the Arkansas Historical Association.
Hill said, “I’m thankful for this recognition, and I appreciate the Arkansas Historical Association’s continuous advocacy and support for the preservation of our state’s history. As a ninth-generation Arkansan, I value the study of our history because the lessons learned from the past better prepare us for the future. While representing Arkansas in Congress, I will continue to support the humanities and the study of history.”
The Tom Dillard Advocacy Award is given annually by the Arkansas Historical Association to a person or organization who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to promoting the study, appreciation, preservation, and dissemination of Arkansas history.
The award honors Tom W. Dillard’s work as an archivist, historian, writer, collector, and promoter of the teaching of Arkansas history in the state’s schools. In 1985, he became the University of Central Arkansas’s first archivist and later he founded the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System, which is located in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The mission of the Arkansas Historical Association is to promote the preservation, writing, publishing, teaching, and understanding of Arkansas state history through the publication of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly as well as other activities.