Research station receives grants for Indian artifacts interpretation

Native American artifacts on display at Henderson State University will soon be enhanced by innovative interpretive materials made possible by two grants.

The Arkansas Archeological Survey’s Henderson State University Research Station received two small grants to develop interpretation for the Caddo Center, which houses the Joint Educational Consortium’s Hodges Collection of Native American Artifacts. The collection was moved to open curation in the renovated Caddo Center on campus in 2019.

A media mini-grant awarded by the Arkansas Humanities Council this spring and a small grant from the Arkansas Archeological Society’s Bill Jordan Public Education Fund will be used to create innovative interpretive materials in several different media, from printed brochures to digital imaging and web pages, and to consult with representatives from the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma.

Henderson’s Caddo Center provides an educational resource featuring Caddo Indian history in the Arkadelphia area for university students, faculty, staff, and the community.

The center is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Admission is free.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary Beth Trubitt at or 870-230-5510.