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JOHNNY CASH BOYHOOD HOME STEERING COMMITTEE MEETS TO ASSESS PROJECT PROGRESSION

The Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Steering Committee recently met to assess the progress of the project. Prior to the meeting the Committee members toured the Administration Building and the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home. The restoration is projected to increase tourism in Mississippi County, and Dyess has made significant progress toward preparing for the increased number of tourists. For the complete news article, please click here.



ASU RECEIVES NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES CHALLENGE GRANT FOR HISTORIC DYESS COLONY RECONSTRUCTION

Arkansas State University has received a challenge grant of $500,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities for reconstruction and restoration of some of the buildings in the Historic Dyess Colony. Dr. Ruth Hawkins, director of Arkansas Heritage Sites, says, “The NEH grant gives us tremendous momentum for developing the Historic Dyess Colony as a major heritage site for the state and the region.” The details of the Historic Dyess Colony project and the NEH grant are discussed in the A-State news article, ASU Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant for Historic Dyess Colony Reconstruction. For the original article, please click here.



Another Maysie Dimond Mural Mystery: What Happened to the Dyess Colony Mural Given to Eleanor Roosevelt?

Dyess Colony MuralAsk Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine.  This Ask Vance blog raises questions regarding a Dyess Colony mural painted in the early 1930s by Memphis artist Maysie Dimond.  A photograph of the mural is in Special Collections at the University of Memphis Libraries.  Click here for article.

 



A Second Chance for Johnny Cash’s Childhood Home

1106CAJohnnyCashHouse_full_600The Christian Science Monitor interviews Joanne Cash Yates, Dyess Mayor Larry Sims, and others regarding progress on the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home and the impact that it will have on the community and the Northeast Arkansas region. Read the full story here.



For the Man in Black

DeSoto: Exploring the South magazine includes this special article on Johnny Cash, the work at Dyess, and the success of the first two Johnny Cash Music Festivals in its November 2012 issue. Click here for the full article.



JOHNNY CASH’S SISTER, BROTHER RECALL DYESS HOME PLACE

Nashville writer Ken Beck interviews Joanne Cash Yates and Tommy Cash, the surviving siblings of the late country music giant Johnny Cash, about their formative years on an East Arkansas cotton farm in Dyess, Arkansas. “I lived there first 17 years of my life. I know where every table was, every lamp, the piano, the pictures,” says Yates about the house where her parents Ray and Carrie Cash raised their seven children: Roy, Margaret Louise, Jack, J.R. (Johnny), Reba, Joanne and Tommy. In the article, the second Johnny Cash Music Festival is discussed along with Arkansas State University’s fundraising efforts for the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home Project, which will preserve the heritage of the Dyess Colony. For the complete article, click here.



ASU’S ARKANSAS HERITAGE SITES PROGRAM RECEIVES $350,000 GRANT FOR NEXT PHASE OF DYESS COLONY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING RESTORATION

The Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) has awarded the Arkansas State University Heritage Sites program  a $350,000 grant for the next phase of reconstruction of the Historic Dyess Colony Administration Building. This grant will allow the interior work on the Administration Building to continue. Further information about the project is contained in this A-State news article.  Click here to read the full article.



HUNDREDS PAY TRIBUTE TO JOHNNY CASH AT 80TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

In this news article Nan Snider describes the gathering of hundreds of fans, friends and family members of the late Johnny Cash who came together in his hometown of Dyess on Sunday, February 26, to pay tribute to him on what would have been his 80th birthday. The birthday tribute also launched a national fund-raising campaign for the Dyess project, with events held around the United States. For the full article, click here.



Work Underway to Restore Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home in Eastern Arkansas

Cash FamilyThis KUAR report, which includes audio and a printed transcript, covers the 80th Birthday Tribute to Johnny Cash in Dyess, including remarks from various family members. The story also provides a look at the beginning of efforts to restore the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home. Family members unveiled the cornerstone for the project (one of the original concrete piers) inscribed with “Established 1935; Re-Established 2012.” Click here to listen to the story.



Essay: A New Deal

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The Oxford American magazine article, “Essay: A New Deal,” captures the return of Johnny Cash’s sister, Joanne Cash Yates, to the home where she and her siblings grew up in Dyess, Arkansas, to tour the home alongside the Arkansas State University restoration team and provide information for use in the restoration of the home. To view this article, click here.