Carl Moneyhon examines emergence of legend of David O. Dodd at tonight’s Evenings With History

Carl_Moneyhon_smThis year marks the 24th year for the History Institutes’ Evenings with History.  This nationally recognized series has featured a variety of subjects.  The sessions take place at the Ottenheimer Auditorium of Historic Arkansas Museum. Refreshments are served at 7 with the program beginning at 7:30 pm. The cost is $50 for admission to all six programs.

Tonight’s program features Carl Moneyhon speaking on “David O. Dodd: A Legend Emerges.

One hundred and fifty years ago this year, David O. Dodd, convicted of spying for the Confederacy, was executed outside his old school in Little Rock. In the years that followed, the story of this seventeen-year-old’s death steadily changed, with new and usually undocumented additions. Today it is difficult to separate facts from the legend that has emerged. This talk examines the development of the legend, showing the facts of the story, then the additions. A major focus of the talk is an examination of when and who added to the legend and the purposes that lay behind these alterations.

Friday, Eldredge, & Clark and the Union Pacific Railroad help make these lectures possible. Other sponsors are the Ottenheimer Library, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Historic Arkansas Museum, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage; UALR Public Radio—KUAR-KLRE; UALR public television; and Grapevine Spirits.