Buffalo National River Partners and Boone County Library will present Suzie Lyles, Rretired BNR Lower District Ranger and Historian, "Living in a Ghost Town," Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at the library, 221 West Stephenson Ave., Harrison.
Lyles was the historian for Buffalo National River for 25 years and researched and wrote many of the park’s first cultural reports. From 1978 to 1982, Suzie and her family lived in the ghost town of Rush, Arkansas. Record flooding of the Buffalo River in December, 1982, forced their evacuation from Rush by boat. Suzie returned to Rush in 1984 to research and write the National Register nomination for the historic Rush mining community.
Suzie has a B.A. in History from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, and a M.A. in Museum Studies from the State University of New York at Oneonta. She began her career in 1972 as the Museum Curator for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa, and in 1977 moved to the newly established Buffalo National River. Since her retirement from Buffalo National River in 2009, Suzie and her husband Jim have divided their time between homes in Arkansas and Colorado, but remain active in the preservation and enjoyment of Buffalo National River for future generations.
In her presentation, “Living at Rush,” Suzie will share her memories of her life at Rush and some of her research about Rush history and its residents. Please join Suzie for her tales of Rush and bring your own memories of Rush to share.