This collection contains material related to the Arkansas Centennial and Sesquicentennial collected by Virginia Miller during her time as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission from 1984 to 1985. It includes posters, photographs, and publications related to the statehood celebrations.
Virginia Miller was born in Camden, Arkansas, on September 12, 1946 to Norma Virginia Bishop and Thomas Judson Patterson, Jr. She grew up in El Dorado, Arkansas, and graduated from El Dorado High School in 1964. Miller attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia where she graduated in 1968 with a B.A. in Business Education and a teaching certification in English. She followed this with post graduate hours in English at the University of Arkansas between 1969 and 1973. She spent the next 16 years teaching school and serving on the El Dorado School Board. She was also the Executive Director of Information Services in the office of the Secretary of State, Paul Revere from 1982 until 1984 and the Executive Director of the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission from 1984 to 1985. She later worked in real estate, earning her Real Estate Broker's license. She also taught real estate. Miller later continued her education at Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe where she completed her M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling in 1989. She was licensed in Arkansas as a Professional Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist. She was also a counselor at the Jessieville School District for nine years. She was in private practice at Counseling Connections in Hot Springs at the time of her death. Miller was an active member of many organizations including the Arkansas School Counselor's Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Arkansas Counseling Association, Arkansas School Counselors Association (president from 2007-2009), Arkansas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and a charter member of the Hot Springs Civitan Club. Virginia Miller was married to C.W. Miller of Hot Springs Village and had one son, Jon Fouse, and a stepson Adrian Garcia. She died on August 30, 2013.
Document, 8.5" x 11"
Virginia Miller Sesquicentennial Commission collection, MS.000910
Arkansas State Archives
Arkansas State Archives
Virginia Miller Sesquicentennial Commission collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.
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