Tontitown Historical Museum

Tontitown Historical Museum Educational tours are available. Researchers and teachers are encouraged to call Pam Herron, Museum Assistant at 479-361-9800 to make an appointment.
(11)

Happy National Nurses Day!  Although today starts a week of celebration, we want to thank all nurses for the dedication ...
05/06/2020

Happy National Nurses Day! Although today starts a week of celebration, we want to thank all nurses for the dedication to the health and wellbeing of others you give year-round. ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โš•๏ธโš•๐Ÿ’œ

Tontitown, Arkansas has a history of people in service to others and this country. One example is Mary Maestri ~ pictured below in her nursing uniform, ca 1910. Mary was a woman of many talents. She had a nursing degree and would go with doctors who served Tontitown when they saw patients. Mary also delivered babies as a midwife. Her ability to speak Italian and translate for the doctors made her even more important in her role as a nurse. She later started the beloved Mary Maestri's restaurant with her husband, Aldo. #NationalNursesDay #NationalNursesWeek2020 #ThankYouNurses #CommunityofTontitown #VivaTontitown. Photo courtesy Dolores Maestri Stolfi Dicks.

It is with great disappointment that the Tontitown Historical Museum board has made the safe decision for all to cancel ...
05/03/2020

It is with great disappointment that the Tontitown Historical Museum board has made the safe decision for all to cancel having our Annual Heritage Day event for 2020. We look forward to making 2021's Heritage Day an even more special event. Here are some photos by Brenda Pianalto from the 2019 event. We miss everyone but want you to stay safe and healthy!๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ‡ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿช#CommunityofTontitown #VivaTontitown

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
05/01/2020

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

The last few weeks our Friday Flowers have showcased native plants in the gardens, yards, and neighborhoods of ANHC staff. What a diversity of blooms we have seen! Today's featured flowers are wild hyacinth (Camassia scilloides), Indian paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea), bird's-foot violet (Viola pedata), and purple trillium (Trillium recurvatum). #AuthenticArkansas #FridayFlower

05/01/2020

Due to the continued concern for the health and safety of our visitors and staff, the Tontitown Historical Museum will remain closed until reopening guidance is provided by our Governor and Mayor. At that time, the museum board will plan our reopening goals. We will post an update as soon as possible. Thank you for your continued support! ๐Ÿ’œ #CommunityofTontitown #VivaTontitown

04/29/2020
Helen Allen Interview Highlights for Tontitown Oral History Video Project of 2018

Tontitown Oral History Video Project of 2018 featuring Helen Allen.
Helen shares about moving her family to Tontitown in 1977, farming, raising her children and becoming part of the Tontitown community.๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿšœ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ›ถ๐Ÿ›ฉ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽผ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ #CommunityofTontitown #VivaTontitown.

This video includes highlights of an interview with Helen Allen for the Tontitown Oral History Project of 2018. The interview was conducted by Scott F. Davis...

Community of Tontitown
04/29/2020

Community of Tontitown

Mayor Colvin has decided that due to concerns regarding COVID-19 health and safety the City of Tontitown will be RESCHEDULING the Community Yard Sale event for the weekend of July 24th, 25th and 26th. Which means we will be extending the deadline for registration for the event to July 17th!! Additionally, the City has decided to CANCEL the 2020 City Spring Clean Up event that was originally scheduled for May 9th. The City would like to apologize for this inconvenience and would like to continue to encourage our residents to practice social distancing during these difficult times. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions (479) 361-2700.

Lakeport Plantation
04/18/2020

Lakeport Plantation

Lake Chicot Ca. 1918. #FlashbackFriday

We are proud to share that the award for Excellence in Heritage Preservation   was presented to the Tontitown Historical...
04/17/2020

We are proud to share that the award for Excellence in Heritage Preservation was presented to the Tontitown Historical Museum, City of Tontitown, and Davis Videos for the Tontitown Oral History Video Project. ๐Ÿ˜€

On January 17, 2020, Preserve Arkansas hosted its annual Arkansas Preservation Awards dinner and program to honor individuals and organizations for projects focused on historic preservation, education, and advocacy throughout the state. Honorees and guests celebrated with a reception and banquet at the Arkansas Governorโ€™s Mansion in Little Rock, followed by a program recognizing the award-winning projects.

Pictured are L-R: Mason Ellis, Preserve Arkansas Board President; Bev Cortiana-McEuen, Tontitown Historical Museum; Scott Davis, Davis Videos; and Rachel Patton, Preserve Arkansas Executive Director Photos by Stephanie Dunn King Photography.

04/11/2020
Community of Tontitown

Community of Tontitown

In response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, the City of Tontitown has issued a Declaration of Emergency for the City. This Declaration can be found on the City of Tontitown website at 2020-4-7 Declaration of Emergency for the City of Tontitown, Arkansas. Additionally, the City wishes to encourage our residents to please be safe and continue social distancing during these difficult times. While the City is undergoing some changes we will continue to work towards assisting all our residents to the best of our abilities and please feel free to call us at (479)361-2700 if you have any questions or concerns. On that note have a happy quarantine Friday everyone!

Arkansas Natural Heritage ~ #AuthenticArkansas #FridayFlower๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒž
04/10/2020

Arkansas Natural Heritage ~ #AuthenticArkansas #FridayFlower๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒท๐ŸŒž

Over the next few weeks, our Friday Flower will feature photos of native plants currently blooming in the gardens, yards, or neighborhoods of ANHC staff. Enjoy these favorite flower photos, and look for whatโ€™s blooming near your home! #AuthenticArkansas #FridayFlower

The Tontitown Historical Museum wishes everyone a blessed and Buona Pasqua ~ Happy Easter during this trying time. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นโœ
04/10/2020

The Tontitown Historical Museum wishes everyone a blessed and Buona Pasqua ~ Happy Easter during this trying time. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นโœ

03/18/2020
Kara Jo Engle Interview Highlights for Tontitown Oral History Project of 2018

Kara Jo Engle shares how she admires her mamaw Loyce Ardemagni & friends, some of the hard-working women of Tontitown, and how they set the standard for what a community should be like and how to keep it going.๐Ÿฆธโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ #Tontitownmemories

This video includes highlights of an interview with Kara Jo McKinley Engles for the Tontitown Oral History Project of 2018. The interview was conducted by Sc...

03/14/2020

After careful thought and consideration, the Board has decided to close the Tontiown Historical Museum in order to help protect the health and safety of our visitors and staff. Currently we expect to reopen on Friday, May 1st but we will make announcements on this page should that change. We thank you for your continued support and patience during this time.

03/11/2020
Paul Colvin, Jr Interview Highlights for Tontitown Oral History Video Project

Mayor Paul Colvin, Jr shares memories of coming to Tontitown from Springdale as a child for the Grape Festival, yummy grape icecream and how Tontitown had the feel of small town "Mayberry & everyone knew your name" to eventually living in Tontitown and becoming Mayor. ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿจ๐ŸŽก๐Ÿš’๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿข

This video includes highlights of an interview with Paul Colvin, Jr. for the Tontitown Oral History Project of 2018. The interview was conducted by Scott F. ...

Circa early 1900's this chair belonged to Father Bandini and then Mr. Mollar who passed it on to Leo Pianalto. After a c...
02/29/2020

Circa early 1900's this chair belonged to Father Bandini and then Mr. Mollar who passed it on to Leo Pianalto. After a couple more generations in the Pianalto family, it was generously donated to the museum in 2019 and is currently on display. ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿช‘

02/26/2020
Chris Ranalli Interview Highlights for Tontitown Oral History Video Project of 2018

"We were your average farm family" is how Chris Ranalli describes his life growing up in Tontitown as he shares memories of his happy childhood. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿšœ๐Ÿ˜€
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCCFn9L9M1g&list=PLogaZ_qyi-XFJVsTnyniJzXxDVz7zm2pT&index=26

This video includes highlights of an interview with Chris Ranalli for the Tontitown Oral History Project of 2018. The interview was conducted by Scott F. Dav...

02/21/2020
Kathleen Pianalto Miller Interview Highlights for Tontitown Oral History Video Project of 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGaclxd9YZA&list=PLogaZ_qyi-XFJVsTnyniJzXxDVz7zm2pT&index=18
Kathleen Pianalto Miller Tontitown history interview.๐Ÿ˜€
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿš›๐Ÿ”๐Ÿด #Tontitownfleamarket ๐Ÿ‡

This video includes highlights of an interview with Kathleen Pianalto Miller for the Tontitown Oral History Project of 2018. The interview was conducted by S...

"Albina Darling and angel of my life" is what the sweet note Germano "Mano" Gasparotto wrote to his bride Albina Mantega...
02/14/2020

"Albina Darling and angel of my life" is what the sweet note Germano "Mano" Gasparotto wrote to his bride Albina Mantegani given to her with this beautifully crafted terrazzo chest he made for her as a wedding present in 1933. Love and romance surround this special artifact. Happy Valentine's Day!๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’œ

Past and present THM Board Members accompanied Susan Young at Butterfield Trail Village for a talk about Tontitown last ...
02/10/2020

Past and present THM Board Members accompanied Susan Young at Butterfield Trail Village for a talk about Tontitown last week. We enjoyed delicious polenta and umedo, and made lots of new friends!

Pictured L to R: Susan Young from Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, new friend Viola, Mary Maestri-Vaughan, Riley Tessaro, Heather Ranalli-Peachee, Ruth Ann Roso-Ritchie

02/09/2020
Arthur Penzo Interview Highlights for Tontitown Oral History Video Project of 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnC3sO8BJjs&list=PLogaZ_qyi-XFJVsTnyniJzXxDVz7zm2pT&index=21
Arthur Penzo grew up living in the Bariola house, was a Tontitown Volunteer Fireman and much more!
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿš’๐Ÿš’

This video includes highlights of an interview with Arthur Penzo for the Tontitown Oral History Project of 2018. The interview was conducted by Scott F. Davi...

Original door from Memo & Rose Bastianelli Morsani's home that was located near the current Tontitown Fire Department. T...
02/01/2020

Original door from Memo & Rose Bastianelli Morsani's home that was located near the current Tontitown Fire Department. Tontitown Historical Museum's door is open Fri, Sat & Sun 1-4. Free admission! ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿก๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

Cast-iron hay harpoon from the early 1900's, donated by Liz Gaiche Ceola, was used on the farm to hoist hay from the car...
01/29/2020

Cast-iron hay harpoon from the early 1900's, donated by Liz Gaiche Ceola, was used on the farm to hoist hay from the cart up to the barn hay loft.

01/15/2020
J.C. Mantegani Interview Highlights for Tontitown Oral History Video Project of 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHX3sCNNF28&list=PLogaZ_qyi-XFJVsTnyniJzXxDVz7zm2pT&index=18&t=2403s
Look for the picture of the beautiful terrazzo table used by J.C.'s mother to make pasta. J.C. shares stories about the Mantegani Winery and much more!

This video includes highlights of an interview with J.C. Mantegani for the Tontitown Oral History Project of 2018. The interview was conducted by Scott F. Da...

Due to the freezing rain, the Tontitown Historical Museum will be closed today. We hope that everyone stays safe and war...
01/11/2020

Due to the freezing rain, the Tontitown Historical Museum will be closed today. We hope that everyone stays safe and warm! We plan to open as scheduled tomorrow from 1-4 pm.

Torchio Della Pasta.  Brought to Tontitown from Italy in 1909 by Joseph and Josephine Lazzari.  The family used the mach...
01/10/2020

Torchio Della Pasta. Brought to Tontitown from Italy in 1909 by Joseph and Josephine Lazzari. The family used the machine until about 1940. We have many more unique items on display and hope you can visit us soon!๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นโ˜”๏ธ

Buon Anno!Happy New Year!
12/31/2019

Buon Anno!
Happy New Year!

Buon NataleMerry Christmas!
12/25/2019

Buon Natale
Merry Christmas!

Recent visitors to the museum in from Texas to visit Olivia Pianalto Cigainero,  Arthur & Dolores Cigainero Pennartz wit...
12/21/2019

Recent visitors to the museum in from Texas to visit Olivia Pianalto Cigainero, Arthur & Dolores Cigainero Pennartz with their children Cy & Emilie along with niece Sheril Cigainero. What a lovely family!

Address

251 E Henri De Tonti Blvd
Springdale, AR
72762

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Tontitown Historical Museum posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Tontitown Historical Museum:

Videos

Nearby museums


Other Springdale museums

Show All

Comments

Thank you so much for letting my family and I come to the Polenta smear this weekend! We had so much fun and wish we had more polenta today! We also loved the videos!
We have known Jack's story from your pages. We live in Recoaro where Jack was born. Now we know his story. Thanks to you we can also honor him at Recoaro
Please join us for Robin Pickering Iazzi's lecture on the Mafia and Antimafia in Italy. All details are on the flyer.
Please send me the dates of the Grape Festival and the Polenta Smear?
Mark your calendar for Dr. Pugliese's lecture on Italian American Migration and Stereotyping next Monday, Nov. 13th.
Has a date been decided Polenta Smear?