Swannee Bennett Named Director of Historic Arkansas Museum

Historic Arkansas Museum - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, in July named Swannee Bennett director of Historic Arkansas Museum (HAM). Bennett had been serving as interim director since December, when long-time director Bill Worthen retired. Bennett had been deputy director and chief curator at HAM since 1982. Prior to that, he was an assistant curator of collections for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Va.

Bennett holds a BA from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock and was a graduate assistant in the MA program in the history department at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. In addition, he has done coursework in the Humanities/American Civilization Program at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Bennett is co-author with Bill Worthen of “Arkansas Made: A Survey of the Decorative, Mechanical and Fine Art Produced in Arkansas: 1819-1970” and author of “The Likeness Trade: Arkansas Portrait Painters.” He directs the Arkansas Made field research project and served on the advisory board of Historic Lexington Foundation/Stonewall Jackson House in Virginia from 1982-2005.

“I am very pleased that Swannee is officially stepping up to lead HAM as director,” said Hurst. “His professional experience and his passion for the preservation of Arkansas’s frontier past and his knowledge of the state’s creative legacy will ensure that Historic Arkansas Museum remains an example of how to interpret and present a historic site and make that cultural heritage important to Arkansans today.”