Ouachita's Richter named new state historian

    May 7, 2018

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    LITTLE ROCK – Wendy Richter Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) professor and archivist since 2013 has been named state historian and director of the Arkansas State Archives (ASA).

    Stacy Hurst director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH) announced Richter’s hiring. Richter replaces Lisa Speer in the position. The ASA is a division of DAH.

    Richter previously served as director of the state archives when it was known as the Arkansas History Commission from 2005-12. She has more than 35 years of experience in archival records and research specifically in Arkansas history. She will begin her new duties on May 14.

    “The work of the Arkansas State Archives is very important and I look forward to Dr. Richter’s leadership of the organization and its mission of maintaining the historical records of our state” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “Her understanding of and scholarship in Arkansas history are an extraordinary gift to our state.”

    Richter has a master’s degree in public history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and she has both a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in heritage studies from Arkansas State University. Richter and her staff at OBU recently earned national honors with the Baptist History and Heritage Society’s 2017 Davis C. Wooley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Assessing and Preserving Baptist History. Richter is an expert in the history of the upper Ouachita River Valley and Clark Hot Spring and Garland counties.