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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.

 

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About the Candidate

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Life-long resident of Hot Springs area

Historian- Author-Educator

Member

  • Agriculture Women in Arkansas
  • Garland County Historical Society
  • First Baptist Church, Hot Springs, AR
Historian & Educator

  • B.A. in History – Ouachita Baptist University
  • Master’s in Public History – University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Instructor – National Park Community College

Author

Past Affiliations

  • League of Women Voters
  • Arkansas Cattleman’s Association
  • American Red Cross Disaster Team
  • Garland County Beautification Commission
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Personal History

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.

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Statements

While we pound away on each other vested interest groups decimate our environment, degrade our mothers and daughters – aunts and sisters, demoralize our wage earners, squash our small businesses, shred our social safety net, and shackle our children, and our children’s children to an indebtedness that will leave them little better off than indentured servants. -June 2013
The nature of society, the lack of will on the federal level to adequately fund medical treatment and long term care…all bear responsibility for the ill treatment afforded these women. Society viewed them as “wayward” or “hard-boiled sisters,” held in contempt and ridiculed more than pitied. They lost their lives in the undercurrent of social reforms, advancements in medical technology, and dominance of courts in social and medical issues. Sadly, because society devalued them as human beings, many valuable young women of this era were simply lost. – Wayward Girls/Hard Boiled Sisters: Public Health and Welfare Treatment of Young Women in Early Twentieth Century Arkansas. UALR Gender Studies Research Paper Award (2003)
The environment, hunger, and education are really one issue. If we care about the fate of those around us, our family, our neighbors, and the stranger down the street, the earth and every living thing upon it, if we still believe that we are our brother’s keeper we must arm ourselves with knowledge and speak out. It is our right, our privilege, and our duty to do so. – April 2013
Every day there is a new headline that tells us that the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the ground we live on is adulterated, and that every life-giving force on this planet is under attack. – April 2013

Poverty takes up a lot of a person’s time…not that money buys a person time, you just have a choice how to spend it. For someone in poverty the small picture is always the most urgent need – food/clothing/shelter/medical care. There is no time left in the day to speak out on matters like a fair day’s wages for an honest day’s work. It stands to reason therefore that if you want to subjugate a people, what better way than to push them into poverty.
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