UA Little Rock’s contribution is led by Senior Instructor David Weekley. One of his students, Carly Garner, first produced 13 podcasts during the fall 2016 semester. The initial podcasts covered topics as diverse as the role of Arkansas women during the war, a picric acid plant in Little Rock, the influence of World War I on the Elaine Massacre, and the story of one Arkansas soldier during the war.
This semester, Eric Holsomback, a senior mass communication major from Alexander, produced the seven podcasts. The project is expected to continue through fall 2018, with new podcasts being produced every semester.
“This new group of podcasts explores such topics as resistance to the draft, creation of training facilities, WWI pilots and Arkansas forestry professionals who served in the war, including a personal story from State Forester Joe Fox, whose grandfather had an interesting historical link to the men with whom he fought,”saidMark Christ, community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program.
The seven new podcasts include:
Dr. Blake Perkins of Williams Baptist College detailing resistance to the draft in Arkansas during World War I
David Sesser of Henderson State University recalling efforts to build an Arkansas infrastructure to train soldiers during World War I