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High Profile: Tim Nutt

History is his Holy Grail

By Ron Wolfe

This article was published December 4, 2016 at 2:24 a.m.

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“I’m sure I was the only kid in school who cared anything about the Arkansas Sesquicentennial. But I was always interested in history — collecting papers and information.The sesquicentennial validated all that.” -Timothy Gene Nutt

Tim Nutt keeps miniature flags of Arkansas, his home state, and Liechtenstein, his ancestral home, on the antique desk in his home library. He collect...

Tim Nutt (left) and David Prater re-enact a knife fight that occurred in the Arkansas Legislature in 1837 during a previous Washington County Historic...

SELF PORTRAIT

Tim Nutt

• DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: May 25, 1970, Jonesboro

• Growing up, I wanted to be: An archivist. My parents wanted me to be an accountant.

• My first interest in history came from: The sesquicentennial of Arkansas [the state’s 150th anniversary] in 1986. I realized this was something I could study.

• If I could live any time in the past, it would be: The 1880s in Arkansas — especially if I could have been among the German immigrants, so I could experience what immigrants from Europe were seeing for the first time.

• A book I would like to write would be called: The German-Catholic Experience in Arkansas. I’ve been gathering research for a number of years.

• Another subject that I could fill a book with: Why I Love Arkansas, and Why You Should, Too

• The last book I read was: A Brief History of the Dead by [Little Rock novelist] Kevin Brockmeier.

• My favorite doctor in TV history is: Quincy, M.E., [who was a] medical examiner.

• I think my doctor would describe me as: Unusual.

• I would like to go down in history as: A saver of Arkansas history.

• One word to sum me up is: Curmudgeon.

Tim Nutt welcomes visitors to his trove of medical history. His cache includes such curiosities as a vintage hyfrecator (electric wart remover) and a Civil War surgeon's scrapbook of -- how to say it? -- scraps.

Tim Nutt keeps miniature flags of Arkansas, his home state, and Liechtenstein, his ancestral home, on the antique desk in his home library. He collect...

Tim Nutt (left) and David Prater re-enact a knife fight that occurred in the Arkansas Legislature in 1837 during a previous Washington County Historic...

SELF PORTRAIT

Tim Nutt

• DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: May 25, 1970, Jonesboro

• Growing up, I wanted to be: An archivist. My parents wanted me to be an accountant.

• My first interest in history came from: The sesquicentennial of Arkansas [the state’s 150th anniversary] in 1986. I realized this was something I could study.

• If I could live any time in the past, it would be: The 1880s in Arkansas — especially if I could have been among the German immigrants, so I could experience what immigrants from Europe were seeing for the first time.

• A book I would like to write would be called: The German-Catholic Experience in Arkansas. I’ve been gathering research for a number of years.

• Another subject that I could fill a book with: Why I Love Arkansas, and Why You Should, Too

• The last book I read was: A Brief History of the Dead by [Little Rock novelist] Kevin Brockmeier.

• My favorite doctor in TV history is: Quincy, M.E., [who was a] medical examiner.

• I think my doctor would describe me as: Unusual.

• I would like to go down in history as: A saver of Arkansas history.

• One word to sum me up is: Curmudgeon.

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