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Historic Dyess Colony: Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash

Penny Toombs, director of Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess and Southern Tenant Farmers Museum in Tyronza.
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Toombs Named Director of Johnny Cash, Tenant Farmers Properties (Movers & Shakers)

Penny Toombs has been appointed as the new director of two of Arkansas State University’s heritage sites: the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and the Southern Tenant Farmers Museum. read more >
The Air Force base's front sign was featured on a 1960's postcard distributed by the U.S. Air Force.

The Cold War Hot Again, Blytheville Moves Ahead with Museum Plan

Cold War nostalgia is in full swing, leading some to forecast success for Blytheville's efforts to transform the former Eaker Air Force Base into a Cold War museum. read more >
The Air Force base's front sign was featured on a 1960's postcard distributed by the U.S. Air Force.

Backers Aim for Tourism Takeoff at Blytheville Air Base

Backers of a proposed Cold War museum at the former Eaker Air Force Base in Blytheville see the project as a centerpiece of historic attractions that dot northeast Arkansas. read more >
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is one Arkansas attraction advertised by Brand USA overseas. President Trump’s 2018 budget proposal would divert $100 million away from the program.
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Budget Plan Endangers Ads Luring Foreign Tourists to Arkansas

President Donald Trump’s best-known promise is to build a wall, but some Arkansas travel professionals fear that a side-effect of his zeal for border security could keep out the kind of foreigners America wants: free-spending tourists. read more >
Joanne Cash, at the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, recalled singing with her brother at their mother’s beloved piano. 
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Johnny Cash’s Footsteps Lead Tourists Back in Time to Dyess

The legacy of American musician Johnny Cash attracts history buffs and music fans from dozens of countries and every state to his boyhood home in the Historic Dyess Colony, the largest agricultural resettlement of the Depression-era New Deal. read more >
Kane Webb
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Webb: State Needs ‘More Swagger’ in Approach to Tourism

Tourism is changing as millennials' interests and spending habits affect the industry, according to Kane Webb, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism. read more >
Arkansas State University recently received a $750,000 grant to rebuild the Dyess Theatre for its use as a visitor orientation and welcome center at the Cash Boyhood Home. Work on the theatre has already started.
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Arkansas State Gets Grants for Dyess Colony, V.C. Kays Home

Arkansas State University received two grants nearing a total of $1 million from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council to be used as part of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home project in Dyess and the renovation of the V.C. Kays House on the Jonesboro campus. read more >
An old Singer sewing machine and an AM radio sit in the living room at House #266.
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Historic Dyess Colony Project Expects to Bring Tourists, Revenue

The restoration of the Dyess Administration Building and the Johnny Cash boyhood home are part of a broader Historic Dyess Colony project, led by the Arkansas Heritage Sites. Project leaders hope the restoration, and inclusion into the Arkansas Heritage Sites, will incite investment and increase revenue in the area. read more >