Residents of Hot Springs Village have seen it – “The Sentinel on the Hill,” a huge building in downtown Hot Springs currently housing the Arkansas Career Training Institute.
The structure began life as the Army and Navy Hospital, and its rich history was shared with 55 Villagers during a tour of the facility, sponsored by the Lifelong Learning Institute.
Gary Jackson, a historian who sits on the board of directors of the historical society and volunteers at its archives with the help of Liz Robbins, director of the Garland County Historical Society, presented the program.
Photographs of the campus and two other main Army and Navy hospital buildings, along with firsthand stories and archives, told the role the buildings played in the lively past of Hot Springs.
LLI members enjoyed a lunch, and Lance Albaugh, administrative specialist with the Arkansas Career and Technical Institute, led participants on a tour of the facility.
“The history series is proving to be quite popular,” Dr. Susan Aldridge told the Hot Springs Village Voice. “Our plans for additional presentations in 2017 include gangsters, bathhouses, the histories of Hot Springs National Park and Oaklawn Park. This series can become a permanent offering on the LLI schedule.”
The next community course offered by LLI is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 and is sponsored by Dennis Berry and Susan Siegel of Morgan Stanley. The program explores the role Hot Springs played throughout the World War II era, with Robbins returning to present the program.
The Arlington Hotel Conference Center will be the location for this session. LLI members can attend free of charge and may bring a prospective member as a guest free of charge. Tickets for non-members are $20.
For more information, contact Dr. Susan Aldridge at 501-813-5742.