Sunday, 16-Mar-2014 11:26:39 MDT
The Melting Pot Genealogical Society was organized in September 1976 by Ms. Inez Cline and others. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to the assimilation and preservation of historical and genealogical documents. It boasts a reference library of over 6,300 volumes, as well as historical journals, microfilm, and microfiche (see library inventory).
Dues are $25.00 per year (plus $4.00 for shipping if you cannot pick up your copy of The Kettle), and that includes membership for husband and wife. These dues entitle a member to receive the annual periodical as well as checking out four books for a two-week period per member family. Unfortunately, we are unable to mail books to be checked out. They must be checked out at the library in person and brought back in person.
The Melting Pot is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. This means that any donation, both large and small, is tax deductible. This could include books, needed items or cash donations.
The Melting Pot library is connected to the internet!! You may use the library computer or bring your wireless computer to the library and log on.
The inventory is constantly being updated with newly donated and purchased items. Please stop by the library and check them out as they may help your "brick wall."
Your 2014 membership was due January 2014. Please click here for the 2014 membership application. You may print it from your computer, complete it, and mail to the post office box address.
Calendar of Events
Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events page. If you have a family, school, church, community reunion and would like us to add it, please let the webmaster know. We can also post cemetery cleanup days. (This would include Garland County or any county that borders it.)
Members who are Authors
Several members of the Melting Pot are authors of non-historical novels as well as chroniclers of genealogical material. To honor these members, a special feature of the first meeting of the fall this year was a display of some of their works.
Since the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy also meet at the MPGS Library, the display will remain up for a month to allow all to see it.
Those Genealogical Society members being honored are: Nancy Gibson, Paula Jones, Judy Nickles, and Loretta Walker.
The public is welcomed to view this display during library hours.
We have included several cemetery transcriptions on our site. We have just begun, however, to add personal photographs to these pages as well. If you have a personal photograph of someone who is listed in one of the cemeteries we have transcribed, please email it to us with complete information so that we may include it in the website. You should show in the subject line: personal photograph for --- (giving the cemetery name shown on the website) Cemetery. The message should include the full name of the person whose photograph you are sending and dates shown in the transcription so that we will place it with the correct person. Please send only one photograph per person and only one photograph per email.
If you have surveyed a cemetery (or think you would like to) that is not listed on our site, please email us so that we can put it online.
We wish to give a huge thanks to our corporate members whose membership helps us in many ways including publishing The Kettle.
2008: Simmons First Bank of Hot Springs
2009: Seiz Sign Company
2011: Hot Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
City Plumbing Heating & Electric, Inc.
2012: National Park Community College Foundation
We also wish to thank our benefactors whose membership helps us in many ways.
2010: Hot Springs Area Community Foundation
Hot Springs High School Class of '49
The Melting Pot Genealogical Society has two separate email addresses, and these are noted at the top of the page. There is an email address for the library and one for the webmaster. The webmaster's address should be used to send in photographs or to correct an entry. The library's address should be used to request any information or ask questions from the society.
We would like to include your family histories in our library: either in book form, descendant's reports, pedigree charts.
We need your feedback on what things you would like included in this website. Please email us with your suggestions.
How to Contact Us
We welcome comments and/or corrections via e-mail. If you live in the Hot Springs area (or are visiting), we invite you to visit our library and to, hopefully, decide to join our fast-growing association. Our periodicals are full of interesting and helpful information. If you wish to contact us via mail, please be sure to use our post office box!
The Melting Pot Library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each Monday and Friday and the second Saturday of each month. Monthly meetings are every fourth Tuesday at the MPGS library at 1:30 p.m. from September through May. A "Calendar of Events" is posted showing the scheduled times and program for the monthly meetings. The public is invited to all meetings. If you are having trouble finding us, here is a link to a map and directions.
Melting Pot Logo
The Melting Pot logo was designed by Douglas Eddie Rice of Rock House Design Studio in Royal, Arkansas.
We are beginning to add pages for the Melting Pot Officers to let us know about new and exciting new "happenings" in MPGS.
Be sure to check our "What's New" page to see what is going on. You may even wish to sign up on our website monitoring to get an email when something changes.
Garland County, Arkansas: Our History and Heritage. This 700 page volume is ready for pick up at the Garland County Historical Society or the Melting Pot Genealogical Society library or to order via mail. Please go here to learn more about the book and a printable order blank for your orders. There are not many of the books left so be sure to order yours right away.