Bessie Grace Boehm Moore, former board member of the Arkansas State Library, has been inducted into the Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame. Bessie is listed as a ‘historic inductee’, who piloted a program for economic education in public schools and created the Ozark Folk Center State Park. We remember her for her efforts on behalf of libraries. Her interest in libraries began early in her career and she was instrumental in the organization of the first county library in Arkansas in 1926 in Pine Bluff. Moore was appointed to the board of the Arkansas Library Commission in 1941 and served until 1979. Moore joined the American Library Association in 1929 and began working on the promotion of libraries at the national level. She was active in the trustee division and served as President of ALTA (1957-1959). In 1966 she was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to the National Advisory Commission on Libraries (which later became the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science). Moore served until 1988 due to successive appointments by US Presidents Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. The American Library Association awarded Honorary Membership to Moore in 1980, the association’s highest honor.
The fourth annual induction ceremony for the Women’s Hall of Fame will be August 30 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. You can learn more about the inductees and see listings of women previously honored at www.arwomenshalloffame.com.
To learn more about Bessie Moore, go to www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=4450.