The Festival of Two Rivers was a community festival in Arkadelphia, originated by Dr. Jim Berryman and the Civitan Club in 1976. The festival was held annually, in the summer, in Arkadelphia on Main Street and the surrounding area. The purpose of the festival was to bring the community together to “celebrate the good life in Arkadelphia.”
Mary Jo Mann, donor of the records, became involved with the festival when she was President of the Chamber of Commerce in 1984. In the early 1980s, Mann served as Vice-President and President of the festival committee. She continued to work at the festival for many years after holding office. Mary Jo Mann, a member of a long-time prominent family of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, is the daughter of Eloise and Alvin Stone. Mr. Stone was a president of Elk Horn Bank. Mann’s parents and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Phillips, owned the Captain Henderson House before it became the property of Henderson State University.
This collection includes newsclippings from a variety of local and state newspapers, festival committee documents, and public relations items, such as flyers, press releases, and schedules of events. Also included in the collection are photographs and miscellaneous items.
Festival of Two Rivers Records, Riley-Hickingbotham Library Archives and Special Collections, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.