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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) File on the Centers for Youth and Families, 2002
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Scope and Content Note
This collection contains a project report from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History 2002 project, "For the Love of Children: The History of Centers for Youth and Families from an Orphanage to a Family Service Agency," directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of the Centers for Youth and Families.
Project staff: Robert Black, Julienne Crawford, Heather Register, and Rhonda Stewart.
The Centers for Youth and Families formed in 1884 as the Children's Aid Society by a group of Little Rock citizens. The organization began by providing abandoned and neglected children with clothing and gifts, but soon evolved into an orphanage. This orphanage was established in 1887 and the Children's Aid Society became the Children's Home of Little Rock. It changed its name again in 1907 to the Little Rock Orphan's Home. The Pulaski County Community Chest was a financial supporter of the orphanage from 1923 until the 1970s.
After World War II, many of the children residing in the home were not orphans, but children whose parents were unable to care for them. The name of the organization was thus changed to the Elizabeth Mitchell Memorial Home in 1947. Elizabeth Mitchell was the former president of the Board for the home and the founder of the organization. In 1955, the name changed again to the Elizabeth Mitchell Children's Home. During the 1950s and 1960s, changing views of social work and mental health care resulted in the home hiring trained professionals in these areas and professional training was given to the staff.
In 1970, the Elizabeth Mitchell Children's Home merged with the Pulaski County Guidance Center which formed the Elizabeth Mitchell Children's Center. This merger allowed further outreach in mental health services. A new facility was built in 1982 at 6601 West Twelfth Street. In 1982, the Elizabeth Mitchell Adolescent Center opened in Central Baptist Hospital, which moved in 1987 to the West Twelfth Street site.
The Elizabeth Mitchell Children's Center merged again in 1987 with the Parent Center, Stepping Stone, Inc., which formed Centers for Youth and Families. From 1987 to 2002, the facility expanded and additional programs were created internally and as outreach to the community. Additional mergers also occurred during this time period: Woodlawn Therapeutic Children's Center in 1991, the Scottish Rite Dyslexia Training Center in 1993, and the Shepherd's Ranch in 1998. In 2012, the center was celebrated as the oldest continually-operating non-profit in the state of Arkansas.
Historical Note on UALR Seminar in Pubic History
The Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) is a required course restricted to graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Public History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Through directed readings and extensive research on specialized topics in public history, graduate students concentrate on basic skills needed for all specialized areas in public history. The objective of this course is for graduate students to experience team-research in the application of learned skills in report preparation, oral history, exhibition preparation, cultural resource management, and conservation techniques under a simulated contractual arrangement with a company or non-profit agency.
Centers for Youth and Families (Little Rock, Ark.).
Elizabeth Mitchell Children's Center (Little Rock, Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.)--History--19th century
Little Rock (Ark.)--History--20th century
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)
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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) File on the Centers for Youth and Families, 2002, UALR.MS.0146. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
Footnote or Endnote info:
Description of item, file number, UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) File on the Centers for Youth and Families, 2002, UALR.MS.0146.
Allison Hiblong, Graduate Assistant, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Fall 2012.
Adrienne McGill, Graduate Assistant, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Spring 2013.