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James Throgmorton wins 2013
"More Than Home" Award

Local 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 21.

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.