Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas will be honoring former Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum director, Sue Trulock, along with nine other women from around the state at its Reflections: 100 Years of Honoring Women dinner to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturdayat the Embassy Suites in Little Rock.
Few people realize the Jefferson County Museum Archival Collection sprouted from one woman’s initiative and a $250 grant. Troubled that much of the city and county’s historical documents were leaving Jefferson County for preservation in Little Rock, Trulock stepped in and in 1985 the Jefferson County Museum Archival Collection was born. With her recently awarded $250 grant, Trulock bought a table, a chair, and archival supplies and established a workspace at the Bram’s Building on Main Street in Pine Bluff. It is there she began sorting through storage boxes and cataloging items.
Thanks to efforts of the county judge, board of directors and the Museum Guild, in 1991 the museum moved from its few rooms in the Jefferson County Courthouse to a fully dedicated space at the former Union Pacific Depot. Not only did this allow more exhibit space, but aided in Trulock’s mission to make history accessible to more people within the community. She served as director of the Jefferson County Historical Museum for more than 25 years.