Guests at Monday evening’s Monday at the Museum will learn about the custom and history of the “Confederate Memorial Day” across the south. The free event will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Boone County Heritage Museum
The speech by W. Stuart Towns, PhD. speaker, author, and consultant from Forrest City, will continue the observance of Arkansas Confederate History and Heritage Month, which is April. His current book, “Enduring Legacy: Rhetoric and Ritual of the Lost Cause,” contains information about the Confederate Memorial Day, and his speech will focus on that event across the South.
Towns is recently retired from professor and chairman of the Department of Communication Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. Before that, he was Professor and Chair of Department of Communication at Appalachian State University and the University of West Florida.
Stuart also coached the men’s cross country team at the University of West Florida for 15 years where, they qualified for the NAIA National Championship Meet nine out of 10 years. After transferring to NCAA Division II, the team won the Gulf South Conference Championship three out of the five years before he retired from coaching.
He had competed in track and cross country in high school and college, winning the Arkansas state high school mile his senior year in 1957, and lettering in track and cross country at the University of Arkansas from 1957-1961.
Later, he was a member of the U.S. Modern Pentathlon Team and competed in the 1964 Olympic Trials in modern pentathlon, marathon, and fencing.
After spending over 30 years in the Active Army Reserves, Stuart retired as a colonel. While in the Reserves, he served with the 361st Civil Affairs Brigade, and was a member of the Consulting Faculty Program at the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Admission is free Monday night, and refreshments will be provided by Edwards Grocery.