Charles Alison, author of the just released A BRIEF HISTORY OF FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS, will be with us the afternoon of Saturday April 29th. There will be a short reading at 1:30, preceded and followed by time to talk with Charlie and have books signed.
Originally a small town called Washington Courthouse, Fayetteville bloomed into one of Arkansas's largest cities. The town prospered during its first two decades, until it suffered decimation during the Civil War as troops moved throughout the region. In 1871, Fayetteville successfully bid to be home to the University of Arkansas, the state's first public university. Today, the city represents a cultural convergence, with remnants of historic trails such as the Military Road between St. Louis and Fort Smith and the Trail of Tears. Author and historian Charlie Alison details pivotal events that shaped the city.