Bethany Henry, a graduate student at the University of Arkansas, will present a program at the Peel Mansion Carriage House in Bentonville, Ark.
Using the Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas and the battles of Newtonia, Mo., as case studies, Bethany's talk will be "The Role of the Five Civilized Tribes During the Civil War."
Even at a young age, Bethany is a noted speaker, having presented a program at the National Historic Trails Conference in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2012. She was also a presenter at the Trail of Tears Association's annual conference in 2012, in Norman, Okla.
A native of Neosho, Bethany graduated from Neosho High School in 2008. She is a history major at the University of Arkansas. Upon graduation, she intends to make history her career. Most summers while she has been a college student, she worked for the National Park Service, serving at the George Washington Carver National Monument, the Fort Scott National Historic Site, among others.
She represented Neosho High School and was a winner in the state and national History Day competition. She is dedicated to educating the public about Native American history and its relevancy today. She has given several talks in Neosho and Newtonia.
The Peel Mansion was built in 1875 by Colonel Samuel Peel, an Indian agent to the Five Civilized Tribes and served as a legal counsel to the tribes.
Bethany invites her friends in Southwest Missouri to attend the program, which will be at 4 p.m. on Friday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children, with children under six free. After the program the mansion and grounds will be open for tours.