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V.C. Kays House, Arkansas State University

V.C. Kays House, Arkansas State University

Arkansas State University has received two grants totaling nearly a million dollars from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) to be used for theatre reconstruction in Dyess, Ark., as part of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home project and renovation of the historic V.C. Kays house on the A-State campus.

“Preserving our heritage is part of Arkansas State’s role for our region. These grants allow us to further our mission of enhancing our communities,” Chancellor Tim Hudson said. “On our campus, salvaging the Kays House was a project I became involved in when I arrived at A-State. Along with our system president, Dr. Chuck Welch, and listening to faculty leaders, we worked together to turn the planned demolition of the home into a lasting part of our legacy. In Dyess, Ark., the grant not only restores an important historic building, but it also economic impact through the future tourism associated with the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home site.”

Dyess Theatre

Dyess Theatre

The council awarded a grant of $200,000 for work on the Kays House and a separate grant of $750,000 to rebuild the notable Dyess Theatre for use as a visitor orientation/welcome center. These are competitive grants that are awarded annually to state agencies for the preservation and conservation of state-owned cultural and natural resources. The grants are made possible through proceeds from the Arkansas real estate transfer tax. For the complete article, click here.

Dyess Colony opened for VIP Inspection Tour event


The VIP Inspection Tour event held April 25, to celebrate the completed restoration of portions of the Historic Dyess Colony, is discussed in the Northeast Arkansas Town Crier article, “Dyess Colony Opened for VIP Inspection Tour Event.” The event provided an opportunity for the Cash family to view the completed restoration of the boyhood home of Johnny Cash. Sponsors and Donors who supported the project, and media, were also invited to attend. To learn more, please view the article here.

Cash family, select audience views major Historic Dyess Colony renovation

25346227_BG1 People from Region 8 and beyond welcomed home the Cash family Friday. The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and Administration Building in Dyess were open for the first time to a select audience.
Johnny’s siblings, Joanne and Tommy Cash, said they could not be more honored that so many people worked hours, weeks and months to bring their home back to life. “I’m speechless,” Joanne Cash said. “There’s no words to put together to express how we feel. It’s like going back in time. They say you can’t go back, but Tommy and I have been able to go back today.”
Tommy and Joanne are not the only ones who can take a trip down memory lane. People from around the world will be able to read, listen and look at this Dyess history when the buildings open to the public Aug. 16. For the complete KAIT8 article, click here.

Dyess Prepares For Growth By Embracing Past

StoryThe Mid-South is a place loaded with history. We could go on and on about Memphis and it’s influence on music and culture but this time we’re going west of the Mississippi River. Dyess, Arkansas has a connection to the Great Depression and music. Friday afternoon Local 24 got a special look at the restoration of a town that is expected to draw thousands of people and generate millions of dollars. In the 1930s America was in a tough spot. Many were recovering from the Great Depression and looking for work. The government gave parcels of land in Dyess, Arkansas to farmers for that second chance. If they succeeded they’d have to pay the government back. Long after everyone recovered and the town went quiet minds met in 2009 to start a restoration project. According to the 2012 census, 402 people lived in Dyess. Friday afternoon it seemed like most of them were in the town square under the sunshine remembering good times. For the rest of the Local article, click here.


The Dyess VIP Inspection Tour took place on April 25, 2014. The event was held at the newly restored Dyess Administration Building filled with exhibits about the Dyess Colony and a press conference with Johnny’s brother Tommy Cash, sister Joanne Cash Yates, and his daughter Tara Cash Schwoebel. The Dyess project will have its official grand opening August 16, 2014, the day following the music festival. For the complete Arkansas State University news release, which includes comments from Joanne Cash Yates, Tommy Cash, and Tara Cash Schwoebel, click here.

Fourth Annual Johnny Cash Music Festival Date and Lineup Announced

Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, and Bobby Bare will perform at this year’s Johnny Cash Music Festival, according to concert producer and festival founder Bill Carter. Legendary singer and comedian Mark Lowry will host the fourth annual event. The concert is set for August 15 at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center in Jonesboro. Tickets are available at A-State’s Central Box Office and online at Tickets also can be purchased by logging on to the official website of the Johnny Cash Music Festival, Call to purchase tickets toll-free at 1-888-278-3267. For the complete article about the upcoming festival, click here.

THV11 Extra Provides an ‘In-Depth Look at Johnny Cash Boyhood Home’

z1News reporter Dustin Wilson and photojournalist John Young of THV11 in Little Rock tour the progress on the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home, including an interview with A. J. Henson, a childhood friend of Johnny “J. R.” Cash. Henson tells stories of  J. R. as a boy. Along with being able to view the original broadcast and a transcript, this link also takes you to a series of still photos taken by Young in Dyess and a bonus interview conducted by Wilson with Dyess Mayor Larry Sims.

Arkansas’ Mississippi River Delta

arkansas-mississippi-river-delta-Johnny-Cash-boyhood-homeIn the travel article, “Arkansas’ Mississippi River Delta,” the Truck Trend staff write about their Mississippi River Delta tourism excursion, taken via a Chevy Silverado, which included stops at the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum, the boyhood home of Johnny Cash, the Rohwer Relocation Center, and the Lakeport Plantation, among others. The travel article is accompanied by an extensive Travel Photo Gallery which contains photos of all the sites they visited. To view the article, please click here.

Rosanne Cash on the Katie Couric Show

Rosanne Cash has racked up 15 albums, 21 top 40 singles, 12 Grammy nominations and one Grammy win. She’s country royalty and now she’s out with a new album. Rosanne opens up about her career, famous family and new album. See the segment on the Katie Couric Show.

Rosanne Cash Finds the Thread that Sews Her History Together

Rolling Stone magazine interviews Rosanne about her new album, The River and the Thread, in which she talks about her work with Arkansas State University to restore her father’s home in Dyess. The article includes a video of an interview with Cash, and video of Cash performing “Modern Blue,” “The Sunken Lands,” and “Etta’s Tune.” Read the story and view the video by clicking here. Arkansas State University and the boyhood home are mentioned throughout the article.