Chuck Girard
Interim Director

Mr. Girard, a recent retiree of First National Bank of Fort Smith, is a life-long Fort Smith resident and supporter of various civic and non-profit organizations in the area.  He has served on many boards, including the Bonneville House Association, Chaffee Crossing Historic District, Fort Smith Historical Society, Fort Smith Trolley Museum, and the Oak Cemetery Association. He is also a member of the Fort Smith Mustang Club, much to the chagrin of his lovely wife, Elaine.

Calvin Evans
Museum Assistant

Mr. Evans assists with greeting visitors, answering the telephone and special events. A life long resident of Fort Smith, he is very knowledgable of the area's history.

Ivy Kirby
Museum Assistant

Ms. Kirby assists with greeting visitors, answering the telephone and special events.  She also keeps up with museum memberships.

Caroline Speir
Historical Interpreter/
Exhibit Designer

Ms. Speir began work at the museum in 2008, upon completion of the Historical Interpretation program at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.  A native of Roland, Oklahoma, she has a Fort Smith family history and vast knowledge of the area.  Ms. Speir provides educational programs for students and tour groups, as well as using her knowledge of public history to create rotating exhibitions utilizing the museum's artifact collection.

Julie Hamilton

Ms. Hamilton joined the museum staff in 2014 and performs all financial duties.  A Fort Smith native, she learned to operate her family's business at a young age. 

Grace Devero
Museum Assistant

Ms. Devero assists with greeting visitors to the museum and soda fountain.  She also assists with curatorial duties.  A graduate of the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Ms. Devero holds a B. A. in History.

Board of Trustees


Jerry Dean


Deborah Clark


Drew Linder

Past Presidents

Amy Grimes

Anthony Sims

Ken Blaschke

Terry Bracken

Bobby Clark

Deborah Clark

Pennie Clark

Gala Forsgren

Russell Gibson

Amanda Hager

Darlin Hall

Stephanie Hamilton

Deana Hankins

Sarah Meek Howe

Maggie Jones

Ashley Lewis

Madeline Martinez

Connie Manning

Monica Naucke

Janey Rappeport

David Roberts

Melissa Shaw Sikes

Cindi Stewart

Sam Terry

Gwen Walker

Helen Ann Whorton

Advisory Board

Robert Davis


Phone (479) 783-7841



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Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901

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