By : Hatem Dhouibi


For some reason I decided that my next article will be about Fort Smith’s Museum of History. I went, got a ticket, and I started exploring what is inside. There was nothing special actually during my tour inside the museum, or it is better to say that I did not find what I was expecting or what I was looking for, but only in the beginning. To be fair, the museum as a world of history is perfect.  It contains different aspects of different historical eras of different nations.

First, let me give you readers a glimpse of the things that got my eyes open in the museum then I will tell you how the story has changed.

The most attractive thing on the first floor was the Fort Smith’s First Professional Fire Engine. This steam pumper was a symbol of Fort Smith’s growth as a city like it was said. Pulled by horse and later by a truck, first Engine was purchased in the early 1900’s. it was designed for city fire stations that employed men on a full-time basis, because its large boiler (the source of the power used to spray water onto fires) required daily heating.

Right next to the Fire Engine lays a beautiful black bell. This bell was purchased in 1888 for use in the second Sebastian county courthouse. Measuring approximately fifty inches in diameter and weighing slightly over 2500 pounds. The bell is made of eighty percent copper and twenty percent tin. Horse manure and fire sand were also used in the casting process. The bell was poured in October, 1888, by the McShane Bell Foundry in Baltimore, Maryland.

I then took the elevator to the second floor. As I love everything about photos, videos and sounds, I just found myself walking toward the Tv and Radio stations exhibitions. The ACTS Television Camera is a KY19 model studio camera that was used in ACTS cable station studios at First Baptist Church starting in 1985 primarily for the Fort Smith Alive talk program that ran for 24 years. Also there was a black and white GE Studio camera that went into service July of 1953 when KFSA TV Channel 22 signed on the air. It stayed in operation until  KFSA went color in 1969, isn’t that amazing?

On my way down, I decided to take the stairs. Before I stepped out to the first floor, I have noticed that the stairs can still lead down apparently to a basement or something. It was so dark and creepy just to look at that place. Being nosy is sometimes not a bad thing. I walked to the front desk and asked the receptionist if I can go downstairs. She turned left and right then said: “it’s creepy downstairs and you don’t want to do that, unfortunately we can’t let the public go there.” I told her that I am a writer so she can tell me what’s going on. She told me that some weird incidents have been happening. She said that she once heard someone knocking on the walls when there was no one there.

She also told me to go back and speak to her college if I am interested in some ghost stories because her co-worker had seen a lot happening in the Museum of History.

This story will be continued in History of Museum Part 2…..

About Cool Burn Hatem

Hatem Dhwibi, a.k.a CooL Burn. A black guy from South Tunisia, kebili. Born in the second of december, 1988, but for him, he's not born yet. His life, the life he's looking forward didn't start yet. Cool Burn is the nickname he picked up for himself as a reflection of his person. Cool because he smiles, whether its time for a smile or not, he says : "i smile because i can". Burn, because he's burning from the inside, flames no one knows about, may be even no one could understand, so he's keeping himself a secret. Graduated from the higher institute of languages as an english teacher, he got the impression of his teachers and colleges especially during oral presentation sessions. He wanted to carry on courses but life didn't want him to. He lives in big-small city in the south. Big in space but small in content. He says : "dreams is what keeps me alive" He is ambitious, his dreams has no limits. He achieved some and still struggling for the rest. His father died when he was 13 years old, that left him a scar. 13 years after the death, he made the first song about his father called "R.i.P dad", in which he describes what happened that day and what he felt and of course using english language, making a duet with his friend whose father died recently. Music for him is a release, a remedy, so he writes, sometimes he records when able, other times he just keep his verses on papers. His mom is his first lady, he says :" no one and nothing comes before mom even i" Not much seen in his life but enough for him to learn how to survive. Contact info: Email : Facebook : Hatem Cool Burn Fone : +216 28 086 670