What our Society


   Our Mission & Our Meetings

     The regular monthly meetings of the Society take place on the 4th Tuesday of each month, at 6:00 p.m. in the Knox Room of the Donald W. Reynolds Library Serving Baxter County. Exceptions to that schedule are during the months of April and December.

     Since its beginning, The Society has funded its services through donations from the public and sales of our carefully researched historical publications. As a non-profit organization, we always need financial assistance.

     The Society promotes public interest in the history and genealogy of Baxter County, Arkansas, and acquires, restores, preserves and maintain documents, photographs, digital files and databases, as well as physical objects pertaining to the history of the people and places of Baxter County, the surrounding Ozark region and the State of Arkansas, for the benefit, education and research of the general public.


   A Benefit of Membership

    Whether you live in Baxter County or elsewhere, one of the great membership benefits is receiving our Quarterly, Baxter County History in your mailbox four times each year. Thirty-plus pages of historical articles, photos and news about the Society.

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   Our History as a Society

     Baxter County came into existence on March 24, 1873, and it was in 1973, the Centennial year, that a group of citizens came together to form the Baxter County Historical Society. After meeting and planning, the Society was officially chartered in 1974. In 1999, we officially inserted the words “and Genealogical” into our name to more accurately show our purposes.

     The Baxter County Historical and Genealogical Society is a group of people who come from all over the county, as well as from many parts of the country, who share a common interest in preserving the history of Baxter County, Arkansas and the surrounding region, as well as a passion for history in general.


    We maintain the Casey House next to the county fairgrounds, the oldest house in Mountain Home still standing (built in 1858). Tours are offered during the Fair and on other occasions.

     In June 2017, we acquired the historic Buford Schoolhouse 4439 Highway 126 South. (map) This two-room schoolhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. We are developing the structure as The Buford Schoolhouse Museum, and also rent it to groups for family and community events. For information please call the Heritage Center at 870-425-2551 and leave a message.

  Along with the Mountain Home Parks & Recreation Department we work to maintain the Rapp’s Barren Historic Settlement in Cooper Park, a restoration of four historic buildings from various parts of the county, for the enjoyment of the public.

     We invite you to help us preserve the history of Baxter County by becoming a Member of the Historical Society.


Membership Form


     The Society  volunteers are dedicated to preserving Baxter County history and historical sites, to helping people find information about their own family history and to providing educational programs for our members and the public. The Society has been serving the citizens of the county and surrounding area since the early 1970’s.

Our Heritage Center is located at 808 South Baker Street, in the downtown historic district of Mountain Home. The Center is open to the public from noon until 4:00 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, and other times by appointment.


  Membership Registration

     We invite you to become a member of the Baxter County Historical & Genealogical Society and help support our efforts toward preserving the heritage of Baxter County. You are welcome to join us whether you live in the Baxter County area or somewhere else. A number of our members live in other states, but join because their family members were or are in Baxter County, and they like to research with us.

   Whether local or distant, membership has its benefits. Local members can benefit from guest speakers at our meetings, and can volunteer to help with events, projects and in the Archives and Museum.

     All members receive the Baxter County History (our quarterly journal) and receive a 10% discount on all books and other items sold by the Society.

                  Membership dues are:
                  Annual Membership - $40.00
                  Individual Sponsorship - $100.00.
                  Business/Commercial Sponsorship - $150.00

Sponsorship includes membership, and three (3) copies of the Quarterly, along with your business or personal advertisement both on our website and in the Quarterly.


Please pay your dues through PayPal  by submitting the form at left. 

OR simply mail a check for your dues to:

Baxter County Historical
& Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2125
Mountain Home, AR 72654-2125