June 3, 2003 - Hope Online Star: Malaysia RPCV Peggy Lloyd is curator at Arkansas' Nevada County Depot and Museum

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Malaysia RPCV Peggy Lloyd is curator at Arkansas' Nevada County Depot and Museum

Read and comment on this story from the Hope Online Star on Malaysia RPCV Peggy Lloyd who is the curator of Nevada County Depot and Museum. The depot has undergone a complete renovation during the last two years. Ms. Lloyd began her tenure at the Museum in February and has worked tirelessly to prepare exhibits on the history of Prescott and Nevada County. Lloyd joined the Peace Corps and served in Malaysia training teachers. Read the story at:

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Hope native named curator of Nevada County Depot Museum

By FRANK ROTH, Hope Star Writer

The Nevada County Depot and Museum reopened its doors to the public on Saturday, May 31, under the care of a new curator, Hope native Peggy Lloyd.

The depot has undergone a complete renovation during the last two years. Ms. Lloyd began her tenure at the Museum in February and has worked tirelessly to prepare exhibits on the history of Prescott and Nevada County.

Lloyd grew up in Hope, but has lived all over the world. She recently has returned to her home town where she and her husband, John, now live.

"I left Hope after high school and have lived all over the world," Lloyd said.

After graduating from high school, Lloyd was off to Southern State College in Magnolia where she earned a bachelor's degree, and then Southern Illinois University where she earned a master's degree.

Caption: Lloyd joined the Peace Corps and served in Malaysia training teachers.

Then Lloyd joined the Peace Corps and served in Malaysia training teachers. She taught English in Germany, France and England and at the U.S. Army Language School. Also, she taught English as a Second Language at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Recently, Ms. Lloyd earned her second master's degree in history from the University of Arkansas, where she taught Western Civilization and U.S. History. She has worked on several archeological digs and does historical consulting with the Arkansas Archeological Survey.

The museum is located in the old Missouri Pacific Depot at 400 West 1st St. in Prescott. The Exhibit Hall is located on the north end of the building and is entered through a door on the street side of the building.

Upon entering the Exhibit Hall, the first exhibit you see is the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Here visitors can read the details of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty signed by the United States and France.

"This is a very interesting document," Lloyd said. "There are a lot of complicated details to it. For instance, it gave French ships the right to enter ports in the purchased territory for 12 years."

The rest of the room is dedicated to early Arkansas history, including prehistoric Indian artifacts. In one corner stands a desk you might expect to see in a land office. On the desk will be a listing of land patents in Nevada County arranged in chronological order.

"If someone wants to look up the history of the family property, they can look for the original land patent here," Lloyd said.

The next room is devoted to the history of the railroads. According to Lloyd, "The railroads had such a large influence on the history of Prescott and Nevada County."

The exhibit begins with the Cairo and Fulton Railroad which came into southwestern Arkansas in 1872. It was later succeeded by the St. Louis and Iron Mountain Railroad. Later the Missouri Pacific Railroad bought out the Iron Mountain, and more recently the Union Pacific bought out the Missouri Pacific. The current Union Pacific line still follows the route laid out by the Cairo and Fulton more than 130 years ago. You can learn about the progress of the railroads and the men who built them.

The third room covers the history of Nevada County from the 1870s through World War II. There are a number of interesting photographs and artifacts. One is a very large cotton scale, a reminder that growing cotton once was important to the local economy.

"We have a collection of old electric meters," Lloyd stated. "You know Prescott got electricity in 1899 which was very progressive. They charged by the light. If you had one light you paid a certain price, and if you had two light you paid more."

The Exhibit Hall is open from 9:00 a.m. until noon and 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, and from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Museum is closed on Wednesday. Appointments for groups or special circumstances are possible by contacting Lloyd at 870-887-5821.

On the south end of the building is the Research and Meeting Room which is not open yet. This room is the former freight storage room. When it opens, it will have tables and chairs, along with the "John Teeter Special Collection" of documents, photographs, and newspapers.

The 1912 Missouri Pacific Railroad Depot served rail passengers until the mid-1960s when passenger service stopped. The railroad sold the Depot to the City of Prescott in 1970 for one dollar. In 1976 the Depot began to serve as a museum with John Teeter as curator, and he continued to serve as curator until the museum closed in 2002 for renovation.

In February 2000, the City of Prescott received a large grant through the Arkansas State Highway Commission as part of its Arkansas Transportation Enhancement Program. The grant provided for a large-scale renovation and restoration of the entire building. The museum was closed in late January 2002, while the work was done. Total cost of the renovation and restoration was $233,771, with $164,888 from the grant and $66,883 from the City of Prescott.

A Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the museum is tentatively planned for August 14. "I hope by then we'll have everything in place," Lloyd said. "There is so much that needs to be done."

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By Luke Teoh ( on Friday, November 07, 2003 - 9:21 pm: Edit Post

Does anyone know the whereabouts of the following ex-Peace Corps volunteers who served in Malaysia in the mid or late sixties?

James (aka Jim) Fournier ( served in Penang & Kuala Lumpur)
Betsy Northman (MTC Penang)
Ken Nirenberg ( Dungun, Terengganu)
Kelly De Boer ( Dungun, Terengganu)
Luke Teoh

By Aloysius Fernandez (tm.net.my - on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 6:46 am: Edit Post

Hi Luke,

If I am not mistaken, Betsy Northman was a peace corp lecturer at MTC Johore Bahru in 1966. I graduated from there at end of 1966. No contact with her since.

Aloysius Fernandez

p.s Are you the Luke Teoh - ex Jln Pulau, Melaka and ex-teacher Dungun

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