The Bonneville House Association

The Bonneville House Association

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Happy to be able to deliver school supplies to Morrison Elementary School with Amy Grimes on behalf of the Bonneville House. Bonneville House is honored to partner with Morrison. Thank you Britney Watson for allowing us this opportunity to help the students at Morrison. We thank all teachers and educators and send our best wishes for a safe and healthy school year. Also, special thanks to Barrett Milam, Deborah Braboy, Mary Claire Zuerker and Amy Grimes for your generous donations!
I had an amazing wedding experience here. ❤
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen due to "Act of God" circumstances beyond our control the The Bonneville House Association Benefit "Razz'n the Grove" set for June 7th is to be rescheduled. After lengthy deliberations it was decided that even if the "Event" itself was not directly effected by flooding it would be in extremely poor taste to hold a street dance a few blocks away from those that may be less fortunate in our community. As always I thank each of you for standing by BridgeWater Band what it stands for and as a community we will persevere and prevail through this situation. Please join us in silent thoughts and prayers that our fair community is spared any major damages from this situation... With love BridgeWater... Dustin Rogers Roland Stevens Johnie Whitsett
#PorterWedding2019

The Bonneville House is "Fort Smith's Favorite Place for Elegant Gatherings." This magnificent icon from the 19th century provides a dramatic backdrop for weddings, receptions, anniversaries, birthdays, showers, business meetings, dinner parties and other private events.

The Bonneville House offers a variety of event rental options appropriate for small and large gatherings. All rental packages include professional waitstaff for your event. Additional amenities can include: complete serving pieces for formal dining, tables, chairs, linens, center pieces, silver platters, silver cake stand, toasting flutes, dining-ware, beverage glasses, tea, water, coffee, ice, commercial kitchen facilities, and so much more.

Mission: The mission of the Bonneville House Association is to preserve and maintain the historic structure, the Bonneville House at 318 N. 7th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas, by providing committed members and volunteers who protect, market, and financially support the house.

Operating as usual

Amy Click Grimes
Mark Shaffer
Wendy Sharum
Joan Kaasa Rincon
Emily Davis Ziegler

What a great day with #leadershipfortsmith!
The Bonneville House was pleased to host a great group of future Fort Smith leaders. We are always so pleased to share our history, house and venue with the public. Congrats leadership class of 2020-2021! 😀👍
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Wonderful office/commercial space on quiet street in Fort Smith’s Historic District.

This property is a must see! Located at 316 No. 7th Street, property is a 7-office building with tons of character. Property includes kitchen/breakroom, phone system, ample storage, built in bookcases, new paint, flooring and blinds. Bathroom has also been newly updated and painted.
Several offices are large enough to use for client waiting area, receptionist, or conference room. Surrounding area includes The Bonneville House, several law offices, The Fort Smith Little Theater as well as renovated and restored residential homes.

Property grounds include, sprinkler system, landscape lighting, off street parking as well as parking on 7th Street. Terms of lease are 2 years, $1700 per month, first and last month’s rent due at signing. Lease includes pest control and lawn care. Also included in lease is a 20% discount for one event rental per year at The Bonneville House. Shown by appointment only. Please call 479-221-4781 for showing and more information.

What a great day with #leadershipfortsmith!
The Bonneville House was pleased to host a great group of future Fort Smith leaders. We are always so pleased to share our history, house and venue with the public. Congrats leadership class of 2020-2021! 😀👍
#fortsmithchamberofcommerce

Happy to be able to deliver school supplies to Morrison Elementary School with Amy Grimes on behalf of the Bonneville House. Bonneville House is honored to partner with Morrison. Thank you Britney Watson for allowing us this opportunity to help the students at Morrison. We thank all teachers and educators and send our best wishes for a safe and healthy school year.

Also, special thanks to Barrett Milam, Deborah Braboy, Mary Claire Zuerker and Amy Grimes for your generous donations! — with Mary Claire Zuerker and 4 others at Harry C. MorrisonElementarySchool.

Wonderful office/commercial space on quiet street in Fort Smith’s Historic District.

This property is a must see! Located at 316 No. 7th Street, property is a 7-office building with tons of character. Property includes kitchen/breakroom, phone system, ample storage, built in bookcases, new paint, flooring and blinds. Bathroom has also been newly updated and painted.
Several offices are large enough to use for client waiting area, receptionist, or conference room. Surrounding area includes The Bonneville House, several law offices, The Fort Smith Little Theater as well as renovated and restored residential homes.

Property grounds include, sprinkler system, landscape lighting, off street parking as well as parking on 7th Street. Terms of lease are 2 years, $1700 per month, first and last month’s rent due at signing. Lease includes pest control and lawn care. Also included in lease is a 20% discount for one event rental per year at The Bonneville House. Shown by appointment only. Please call 479-221-4781 for showing and more information.

The Bonneville House Association is pleased to make a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!

Three cheers for Debbie Kraus as she begins her time with The Bonneville House as Director. We are so excited to have her join us and look forward to more events, community outreach and new and unique fundraising as well as continuing our partnerships with other great Fort Smith businesses and non-profits!
Debbie will coming on board full-time in August but until that time the Board cannot thank our interim Director Diane Sturgill enough for her hours of hard work and dedication to The Bonneville House and the Bonneville House Board.
We have successfully navigated some upkeep issues, rental property renovation and a pandemic with her help! And to top it all of she’s going to stick around and continue to work with us too!!!

We sincerely welcome Debbie and thank Diane for helping us make The Bonneville House the place for Fort Smith to celebrate milestones, educate our children, remember our past and celebrate our bright future. Here’s to you ladies 👍👏👍.

Debbie Andrews Kraus
Diane Sturgill
Wendy Sharum
Mark Shaffer
Joan Kaasa Rincon
Emily Davis Ziegler
Ed Devero
Barrett Nixon Milam
Kenneth Robison
Maggie Jones
Deborah Wyatt Brayboy
Max Avery
Hobe Runion
Karen White
Clifton Culpepper
Mary Claire Zuerker

Wendy Sharum
Mark Shaffer
Joan Kaasa Rincon
Emily Davis Ziegler
Max Avery

The Board of the Bonneville House Association wishes to thank some amazing folks who have done some amazing work on our rental property.
BIG SHOUT OUT to Doug Copple and his fabulous painter Bruce for a great job painting the inside of this wonderful property. AND—-another huge thank you to Alford’s House of Carpets for some updated and fabulous flooring. Last but not least we wish to think our GREAT interim director Diane Sturgill for all of her work on the cleaning and updating to this property she has been so kind to help with. Thanks to you all!!!
More photos soon but we just could not pass up the opportunity to take a minute to make sure these folks know how much we appreciate all the work they have done for us!!

You are all appreciated!!

The Board of the Bonneville House Association wishes to thank some amazing folks who have done some amazing work on our rental property.
BIG SHOUT OUT to Doug Copple and his fabulous painter Bruce for a great job painting the inside of this wonderful property. AND—-another huge thank you to Alford’s House of Carpets for some updated and fabulous flooring. Last but not least we wish to think our GREAT interim director Diane Sturgill for all of her work on the cleaning and updating to this property she has been so kind to help with. Thanks to you all!!!
More photos soon but we just could not pass up the opportunity to take a minute to make sure these folks know how much we appreciate all the work they have done for us!!

You are all appreciated!!

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The Bonneville House (Fort Smith, AR): Address, Phone Number - Tripadvisor

We're now listed on TripAdvisor as a historical location / venue - our page can be found here:

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While General Bonneville never lived with his wife at the Bonneville House, he history is certainly interesting.

June 12, 1878-General Benjamin Bonneville died in Fort Smith. Bonneville is buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis near his first wife, Ann Callender Lewis Bonneville, daughter Mary Bonneville, infant son Nicholas Bonneville and mother Marguerite Bonneville. #fsmuseumhistory #FortSmithHistory #FortSmithArkansas #Bonneville

Just a little Wednesday history for all our folks. If you have not liked the National Historic site’s page go do so!! Always some great history tidbits.

#OnThisDay in History, Heck Thomas was sworn in as a Deputy U.S. Marshal. Pictured here is the Oath of Office for Heck Thomas. This Deputy Marshal had a very long career and brought in the most outlaws at one time (over 40 prisoners).

Henry Andrew Thomas was born near Atlanta, Georgia in 1850. Heck, as he became known, served at age twelve as a courier in the Civil War. Afterward, he joined the Atlanta police force. In 1875, he and his wife moved to Texas where he worked for the Texas Express Company. He was promoted to detective within a year after preventing a train robbery by hiding the money in an unlit stove.

Heck left the express company to open his own detective agency at Fort Worth, where he continued his success. While pursuing two murderers in the notorious Lee Gang, Heck gave them the chance to surrender as was his custom. Instead, the brothers fired and died in the gunfire.

In 1886, Heck again changed jobs, this time heading to Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was appointed a Deputy U.S. Marshal and would work for this court until 1892. Heck often single-handedly brought in outlaws, as was the case in his first excursion where he apprehended eight murderers, a bootlegger, a horse thief, and seven other outlaws.

Upon leaving the Fort Smith court, Heck worked as a Deputy Marshal in Oklahoma Territory between 1893 and 1900, meeting Tilghman and Madsen along the way. They became known as the "Three Guardsmen." In three years they arrested more than three hundred wanted men. It is said that Heck picked the most dangerous desperadoes to go after because the largest rewards were paid for them. He paid a price in being wounded half a dozen times in gunfights.

Heck Thomas moved to Lawton, Oklahoma Territory in 1902 where he served as chief of police for seven years. He retired in 1909 after a heart attack, and died on August 15, 1912 of Bright's disease, the same disease that killed Judge Parker.

#FortSmithHistory #DeputyMarshalHistory

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The best US cities for a staycation amid coronavirus, according to WalletHub

Yeah Fort Smith. We hope all those exploring Fort Smith will make the Bonneville House a stop too.

usatoday.com WalletHub put together the best and worst cities for staycations in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Bonneville Elementary School in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1962

Just a little Tuesday tidbit from the Fort Smith Museum of History about Bonneville Elementary.

Sixth grader Gene McCluney took his movie camera loaded with black & white film to the brand new Bonneville Elementary School in Fort Smith, Arkansas to capt...

Fort Smith National Historic Site

Soldiers You May Not Have Known Were at Fort Smith: Benjamin Bonneville
Benjamin Bonneville was born in Paris, France in 1796. His family friends included General Lafeyette and Thomas Paine, who was his godfather, and subsequently paid for his way to America. Bonneville graduated from West Point in 1815 and saw service at the first Fort Smith and later at Fort Gibson. In 1832 he traveled to the Oregon Territory posing as a fur trader to scout Native American tribes and the Hudson Bay Company. From there he explored much of the West and became famous when Washington Irving wrote his story entitled ‘The Adventures of Captain Bonneville’, published in 1837. After serving in the Mexican American War and Civil War he retired as a Brigadier General in Fort Smith and died at age 82 in 1878.

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What a wonderful day for a tea party!!

Bonneville House is honored to partner with the Community School for the Arts
to host themed tea parties throughout the year. The Booneville House Board wants these community events to make this historic gem relevant to all ages. Stay tuned for more events for all ages!

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10AM - Neverland Tea Party Adventure

We are excited about the upcoming Neverland Tea Party Adventure!! Tickets available below.

ticketstripe.com The Bonneville House & The Community School of the Arts have partnered to offer "Neverland Tea Party Adventure" on Saturday, April 18th. This event will feature tea with Peter Pan and the rest of the Neverland crew. It will also include live entertainment from CSA's Peter Pan JR cast along with danc...

What a wonderful day for a tea party!!

Bonneville House is honored to partner with the Community School for the Arts
to host themed tea parties throughout the year. The Booneville House Board wants these community events to make this historic gem relevant to all ages. Stay tuned for more events for all ages!

The Bonneville House Association

With a new year comes wonderful new board members! Thank you David Craig for sharing such a wonderful wealth of your knowledge about the Bonneville House and the Belle Grove Historic District with our incoming 2020 board members! An additional gratitude for your many years of service on the board of directors and for being a long time member.

Max Avery, Karen Moore White, Maggie Janes Jones, Barrett Nixon Milam and Deborah Brayboy...... Welcome to the Bonneville House Association board of directors! We’re so happy to have you.

Yes, the rumors are true. We had a murder take place tonight 😳 We never should have let those mobsters meet here. But don’t worry, Fort Smith is safe because we solved the mystery and have the guilty dame behind bars!

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#MurderMysteryDinner
#BonnevilleHouseDinnerParties

Thank you MEL Prep ‘The art of Cooking’ for catering our board meeting today! It was amazing as usual.

For those who don’t know, Melody Smith is a member of the Bonneville House and she recently started a clean cooking business and preps all of her client meals right here in the Bonneville House kitchen. She has a wonderful variety on her menu & she’s now catering parties. We are overjoyed to see her business grow and thankful that she chooses to support the Bonneville House by renting our kitchen space.

#SupportLocalBusinesses

The Bonneville House is the perfect venue for a meeting space, and we are so glad to have one of our local PEO chapters here today! Don’t these desserts provided by our preferred vendor Krazy Creations look delicious?!

As we reflect back on 2019 we think about all of our loyal members who continue to support The Bonneville House and our mission AND our community partners who have played an active role in the growth of our programs and events.

One of the 2019 highlights we'd like to share is our partnership with Community School of the Arts. Together, we have co-hosted 3 Tea Parties in which proceeds went to both of our non-profit organizations!!! CSA was also the featured entertainment for all 4 nights of our Murder & Mayhem Progressive Dinner tours that we co-hosted with Fort Smith Museum of History and The Clayton House (two other great non-profits that we partner with). They even helped us finish off the year strong by bringing their student choir to our Holiday Open House to sing Christmas Carols!

We just can't say enough great things about Community School of the Arts. They have such wonderful programs for all ages and we are so glad to have them here in Fort Smith to propel our next generation forward! Thank you CSA for your partnership with the Bonneville House! We look forward to diving into 2020 with you for our upcoming events!

Another great year and a wonderful time at our 51st Annual Holiday Open House! Thank you to everyone who joined us, especially our preferred vendor Krazy Creations and our community partner Community School of the Arts who sang Christmas Carols for all of our guests.

Photo's taken by Amy Adams

[12/23/19]   Our office will be closed on December 23rd for a private event and December 24th-December 26th in observation of Christmas.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones!

[11/29/19]   Camille and Co is one of our preferred vendor members here at the Bonneville House and her store is located at 4803 Rogers Ave. she has so many unique gifts and her sale room will be open all weekend!

While you’re out and about shopping for the holidays, we hope you’ll keep all of the Fort Smith small businesses in mind!

Tickets for our Murder Mystery Dinner will be released at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!!!

Click here for more info👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
https://facebook.com/events/991055414579412/?ti=icl

We are all set & ready for the Holiday Home Tour Fort Smith this Sunday! Thank you to our Junior League of Fort Smith friends for helping us decorate and set up today!

[11/25/19]   In observation of the Thanksgiving holiday, our office will be closed November 27-29th.

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

[11/15/19]   We will be closed to the public today from 9am-2pm for a private rental.

[11/14/19]   We will be closed to the public today from 9am-12pm for a private meeting rental.

Have you picked up your Do South Magazine yet this month? Check out their guide to local non-profits! You’ll see the Bonneville House and several other great non-profit organizations who would love it if you kept them in mind for #GivingTuesday

Check out the local nonprofit guide here👇🏻👇🏻
https://issuu.com/urbanmag/docs/guide_to_local_non-profits_-_november_2019

Or Read the entire November issue here👇🏻👇🏻
https://issuu.com/urbanmag/docs/dosouthnovember2019_issue

[11/05/19]   We certainly enjoyed partnering with Fort Smith Museum of History and The Clayton House to offer our Murder & Mayhem Haunted Trolley & Progressive Dinner Tours. Even though the event has passed we still keep hearing chatter on social media about what a great time everyone had. We are so very thankful for our sponsors, our guests, and our wonderful trolley guide. Thank you to everyone who had a part in making this fundraiser event possible! Especially Community School of the Arts.

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318 N 7th St
Fort Smith, AR
72901

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HISTORY: The house was built in 1868 and occupied by the David McKibben family. Susan Neis Bonneville, widow of General Benjamin Louis Eulalie de Bonneville, purchased the house in 1878, and throughout her life preserved the memories, traditions and records of her gallant and distinguished husband, for whom the Bonneville Dam, Bonneville Salt Flats, and our local Bonneville Elementary School were named. In 1962, Melanie Holt Speer, recognizing its historic value and potential for restoration, purchased the old house and began renovations to restore the house to its former grace. In 1967, the Bonneville House was placed in a foundation and a group of Fort Smith women formed the Bonneville House Association. In 1997, the Melanie Holt Speer Foundation gave the Bonneville House to the Association and her husband, Ralph Speer, Jr., established an endowment trust to be used to maintain the house. In 1974, the City of Fort Smith established a local ordinance to protect and preserve the architectural integrity of the Belle Grove Historic District. The District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, reflects a variety of architectural styles and is the city’s oldest neighborhood. The Bonneville House is located in the Historic District, which covers a 22-block area adjacent to the downtown area in Fort Smith.

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Monday 09:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 15:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
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