When did we decide as a people that it was okay for our brothers and sisters to go hungry, to be uninformed, to be demoralized and degraded, to be deprived of a safe environment—to even be denied a voice in their government? I ask not in a voice of passion, but with a calm resolve to act.
About the Candidate
Life-long resident of Hot Springs area
- Agriculture Women in Arkansas
- Garland County Historical Society
- First Baptist Church, Hot Springs, AR
- B.A. in History – Ouachita Baptist University
- Master’s in Public History – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
- Instructor – National Park Community College
- League of Women Voters
- Arkansas Cattleman’s Association
- American Red Cross Disaster Team
- Garland County Beautification Commission
Hot Springs native Janis K. Percefull is a historian, published author, teacher, and business woman. She earned her B.A. in History at Ouachita Baptist University, and a Master’s in Public History from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. As a graduate student Ms. Percefull was awarded the UAMS History of Medicine Research Award (2002), and a UALR Gender Studies Research Paper Contest (2003), and also worked on the L.C. and Daisy Bates Historic Museum project.
While seeking her graduate degree, Ms. Percefull completed four tours of duty at Hot Springs National Park, and one tour of duty at the Buffalo National River. Also, she worked with the United States National Resource Inventory and Monitoring Project (Heartland Cluster) in a cooperative program with the United States National Park Service. In addition, Ms. Percefull worked on a historical narrative for the Life Interrupted – The Japanese American Experience in WW II project in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, with major funding provided by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Her work on the project was specific to the history of the WWII all-American Japanese 442/100 Combat Team.
During the 1990s, Ms. Percefull was self-employed in structural restoration, completing cosmetic upgrade to a 2,100 sq. ft. modern single dwelling in Hot Springs, AR. Supervised complete renovation of a 600 sq. ft. hunting cottage in Montgomery County, AR , circa, 1930′s, and a 1,500 sq. ft. farm house in west Garland County, AR, circa, pre-World War II.
Also, Ms. Percefull worked in the Billing Room of the Arkansas House during the 1999 and 2001 Arkansas State Legislative Session. And in 2001 she began teaching at the National Park Community College. In 2006 she began work on a writing career. At present Ms. Percefull teaches at National Park Community College, is Director of the Ouachita Springs Region Historical Research Center, and is working on a third book in her 1895 historical fiction series.read more