Through his music, Arkansas native and country legend Johnny Cash, who died in 2003, made his mark in the world. Now his fans, fellow Arkansans, and others can make their mark on his childhood home in Dyess – by donating period household items to restore it to the way it looked when Cash, then known as J.R., lived there as a boy with his family from the late 1930s through the late 1940s.
People who contribute will, in effect, have a hand in once again setting up house for the Cash family, more than 70 years after they first moved in. Those interested in donating or simply curious about what filled Johnny Cash’s home can browse the list at JohnnyCashMusicFest.com. Donors will be recognized on a permanent plaque at the home.
…There are 94 items on the Johnny Cash Household Registry, with more than one of some of the items needed. To date, nearly 100 items have been donated. …The home, a project of the Arkansas Heritage Sites, is being restored as a museum and is expected to open April 26, with a grand opening to be held later in 2014. Restoration costs are being covered by donations and proceeds from the Johnny Cash Music Festival.
Read more at the Miami Herald.