On March 13th, the Town of Wilson, AR and the Lawrence Group took home the 2018 Arkansas Heritage Award, an honor bestowed by the Arkansas Governor's Conference on Tourism. This award recognized the Wilson community and its’ "significant contribution toward the preservation of the Arkansas natural, cultural or aesthetic legacy."
John Faulkner (center) accepts the Arkansas Heritage Award at the 2018 Henry Awards
Former recipients of the Arkansas Heritage Award include the King Biscuit Blues Festival and the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in neighboring Dyess.
“I think the honor is reflective of the Lawrence family’s passion for the town of Wilson,” said John Faulkner, Town Manager of Wilson, who accepted the award on behalf of the town and the Lawrence Group.
“That passion leads to extraordinary projects, such as the new Hampson Archeological Museum opening in Wilson due to the public/private partnership between the Lawrence Group and Arkansa Parks and Tourism,” Faulkner continued. “It’s something that has never been done before and will benefit not only Wilson, but the state as a whole.
Started in 1981, the Henry Awards are names in honor of Henri de Tonti, an Italian adventurer who was instrumental in setting up the first center of Arkansas hospitality called “Poste de Arkansea,” or Arkansas Post. Every year, the ceremony honors 10 outstanding projects, communities, or people from across the state.