Things to Do in Northwest Arkansas
The Entrepreneurial Spirit
Excursions have been designed to meet interests in different disciplines. Most of the businesses and organizations in the tour were dreams brought to reality through the hard work of entrepreneurial men and women.
The GPHC 2016 conference registration form will give you the opportunity to choose a specific excursion. Busing to and from excursions sites will be provided; therefore we ask that you choose your excursion carefully. No changes can be made after submitting your registration.
Crystal Bridges of American Art - Bentonville, AR
Each excursion will tour Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. Crystal Bridges houses a permanent collection of American art masterworks from the colonial era to modern day, and touring collections from national art institutions. Acclaimed collection includes such masterpieces as Charles Wilson Peale’s and Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of George Washington; Asher Brown Durand’s Kindred Spirits; and Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter. Other major works by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Hart Benton, and Andy Warhol, are also featured.
Architecture and Engineering Excursion - NO LONGER AVAILABLE - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Frank Lloyd Wright Design Home (Bachman Wilson home) - Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art acquired a rare Frank Lloyd Wright house, known as the Bachman Wilson House, in 2013. Originally built in 1954 along the Millstone River in New Jersey, the house, which was disassembled and moved to Crystal Bridges, represents Wright's classic Usonian architecture.
Mildred B Cooper Memorial Chapel - Bella Vista, AR
The Chapel, built in 1988, was designed by renowned Arkansas architect Euine Fay Jones, who was awarded the American Institute of Architecture's highest award, the AIA Gold Medal in 1991. Jones was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, who introduced him to the principle of Organic Architecture.
James and James - Rogers, AR
In 2011 John Brown University graduate James Smith noticed there was a large void in the furniture industry for affordable, quality, and real-wood furniture. So he bought a $40 skill saw, some stain, and wood and built a coffee table in his garage. He listed the coffee table online and although that first table didn't sell for a month, orders started flowing in for dining tables, benches, night stands, and more. Smith quickly partnered with college friend James Eldridge to help meet the growing demand and James+James was born. Today, James+James is one of the fastest growing furniture companies in the country, with James+James products found in nearly every state from coast to coast.
Other Business Excursion to be announced later.
Civil War Excursion - NO LONGER AVAILABLE - FILLED CAPACITY
Pea Ridge is the site where 26,000 soldiers fought to decide the fate of Missouri and the West. Pea Ridge was a pivotal Civil War battle and is the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States.
Graphic Design Excursion
DaySpring a Division of Hallmark Cards - Siloam Springs, AR
DaySpring began in a small commercial print shop in Covina, California, in 1971 and moved to Siloam Springs in 1979. In 1999 DaySpring was acquired by Hallmark Cards, Inc. Currently, DaySpring is a leading marketer and distributor of Christian products and gifts. DaySpring products are sold in Christian retail stores, mass market and internet retailers, card and gift stores, and other outlets in the United States and 60 countries worldwide. Based in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, DaySpring employs over 280, offers more than 6,000 products, and touches more than one billion people annually.
Moxy Ox – Tontitown, AR
Moxy Ox is a digital commercial printer founded by designers. It is home to the only publicly available HP Indigo 5500 digital press in Northwest Arkansas. They are labeled as “the boutique printer for upscale retailers, designers, and agencies.” As a printer, they handle types of files from designers and agencies all over the country.
Hiking Excursion - NO LONGER AVAILABLE - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Natural Falls State Park - West Siloam Springs, OK
Located just a few miles west of the Arkansas state line city of Siloam Spring, the stunning 77 foot waterfall is the center piece of an outstanding Oklahoma State Park. The falls can be seen from overlooks, trails and boardwalks. The natural setting and scenic beauty of the waterfall is known to millions of movie lovers. The popular 1974 film Where the Red Fern Grows was filmed in part at Natural Falls (then called Dripping Springs).
History Excursion - NO LONGER AVAILABLE - FILLED TO CAPACITY
Museum of Native American History - Bentonville, AR
The Museum of Native American History invites you to "Walk Through American's Past," where you will get a glimpse into what life was like for American's first inhabitants. The museum is divided into five different time periods that will guide you through the constant changing lives of Native Americans, as seen through their artifacts. Displays feature relics that date from over 14,000 years old to historic times.
Wal-Mart Visitors Center Museum - Bentonville, AR
The creation of the Walmart Museum (or Visitor Center, as it was called back then) was, as Sam Walton put it, “a labor of love” for many associates. Come learn more about the history of the largest company in the United States.