Photographer James Throgmorton was presented Five Rivers
Historic Preservation, Inc.'s 2013 More Than Home Award at
the Chamber of Commerce Banquet held the evening of October
The award is presented to a local individual who has
performed outstanding work in the preservation and promotion
of our local history.
Mr. Throgmorton has been chronicling our history for over 50
years from his Camera Corner Studio in the downtown
Pocahontas National Historic District. The archive of photos
he's made of people, places, and events locally covers over
half a century, longer as he maintains photos made by his
predecessors as well.
He has also been a constant supporter of the 17 block
National Historic District. This year, he has draped the
exterior walls of a property he owns on Pyburn Street with
vintage photos of local sites and events, enlarged and
transferred to vinyl. This greatly enhances the appearance
and beauty of the old structure.
He and his wife Cindy were closely involved with developing
this process for outdoor art displays, the same technique
used for the Randolph County Quilt Trail in downtown
Pocahontas, Arkansas's only quilt trail and the only one on
Earth using this technique.
Additionally, he was closely involved with his daughter,
Mandy, and son-in-law, James Tinker in rehabilitating the
old Pocahontas City Hall and Jail downtown and converting it
into Black River Beads and Pottery, an outstanding art
gallery with upstairs living quarters. This initiated a boom
in restoration of structures in the National Historic
District for businesses and living spaces.
Past recipients of the More Than Home Award have included
Steve Shults, Linda Bowlin, Mike Dunn, Shirley Chester, Ann
B. Carroll, and Frank Bigger.