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Donation of the Month

Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Donor: Vivien Hobart

In the waning years of the Monte Ne resort, Iris Armstrong of Little Rock leased about 100 acres of land at Big Springs Lake, near the resort. She opened an all girls summer camp. Summer camps for girls were common in the East, but not in Arkansas. Named Camp Joyzelle after the poet/playwright Maurice Maeterlinck’s heroine in his play of the same name, the camp lasted into the 1960s.

One booklet noted the aim of Joyzelle “to spend a summer with wholesome campers, in a group, with worthwhile traditions and associated with councilors of culture and idealism…”. From 1923, when the camp began operation, to 1936 Coin Harvey participated in the raising of the tents at the beginning of the summer and arranged social outings for the campers. In addition to outings the girls days were filled with activities such as swimming, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, games and tennis. There were tutors also available for study help in just about any subject. Campers often used the amphitheater and hotel grounds for programs and activities. Many of the first activities centered on drama and dance, instructed by Ms. Armstrong’s sister Helen.

Every week was ended with a torch lighting ceremony. Starting at the top of the hill an Indian call (“Wa-tah-ho-tah-ho!”) would be sung and then echoed by others. The girls slowly made their way to a natural theater area, where they gathered to sing, talk of friendship and happiness, and honor those who had received special recognition throughout the week. Each girl whose name was called was handed the torch and they held it high. At the end of the gathering, as the girls left they threw a twig into the fire to honor each girl she wished to remember.

The Armstrong sisters retired from Joyzelle and handed the reigns to Mary Powell in 1956. By this time, the camp had grown to two summer session of over 200 campers from 33 different states, and a large staff including a nurse, cooks, and bookkeeper. Well qualified instructors were recruited such as Dr. John Lascovitch, champion Olympic swimmer and Mrs. Anna Hamilton March Rhinehart a circus rider with the Ringling Brothers. New activities such as archery, badminton, ping pong, basketball, volleyball, and a once-a-week movie, were added.

The camp continued to draw girls to Northwest Arkansas for a summer of fun, friendship and outdoor activities until the 1960s. As the Army Corps of Engineers began construction on Beaver Dam the Land Acquisition Office bought up land that would eventually be flooded by Beaver Lake. This included several acres of the camp, unable to continue the remaining camp grounds were sold. Today, like most of Monte Ne, much of Camp Joyzelle lies under Beaver Lake.


More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Help One Another Club Quilt
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons


1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket






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