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About the ESD/DWS Legacy Project

The Department of Workforce Services Legacy Project is a DWS Special Project, authorized by the Director's office. The start date of the project was September 1, 2009 with a scheduled completion date of September 30, 2010.

The overall goal of the Legacy Project is to create a living history of the people and good work of the former Employment Security Division, now the Department of Workforce Services. The history will be produced in both print and web-based format. Resources used to create a final project will include: historical documents, newspaper articles, ESD/DWS program brochures, photos, past newsletters, and oral history interviews.

Oral history interviews will be the centerpiece of this project. The interviewees include former and current Arkansas leaders, ESD and DWS Directors, managers, supervisors, staff members and Agency beneficiaries - from both central and field offices.

Current DWS staff and retirees are encouraged to participate in this exciting history project, either as interviewees, or as providers of historical Agency photos, memorabilia or documents.

The Legacy Project Team

A 15-member DWS Legacy Project Advisory Committee serves as an advocacy arm of the Project. The committee will review the progress of the project, offer advice on any parts of the project, and offer recommendations on the final product. (Members are invited to share their "memories" of their time with ESD, and DWS, as well.)

The DWS Legacy Project's "working group," includes DWS staff from various offices within the Agency who bring diverse talents to the project. Members of this group volunteer their time and expertise to help create an effective and educational history project.

Our hope is that September 30, 2010 will serve only as the beginning of an ongoing project, that evolves into a permanent oral history, and documents collection archive in the ensuing years. We view this as an important venue for memorializing the people and the good work of this Agency.