About Heritage Month

Every May is Arkansas Heritage Month

Each year, we encourage all Arkansans to celebrate, discover and enjoy our state’s heritage during May.

Since 1982, Arkansans have celebrated Heritage Month with festivals, special studies, concerts,nature walks, tours and much more! Arkansans host scores of events in communities across the state, all proudly proclaiming the message that Arkansas heritage is worth knowing and celebrating.

2017 Theme

A State of War: Arkansas Remembers World War I

This year's theme, “A State of War: Arkansas Remembers World War I,” will center on the centennial remembrance of World War I and its effects on Arkansas and the world. Governor Asa Hutchinson signed an executive order creating the World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee. Through 2018, the committee is encouraging organizations to develop and participate in activities that will expand the understanding and appreciation of the significance of World War I.

For Heritage Month 2017, think about ways that World War I may have affected your town or region. Could your organization host or sponsor an event or exhibit that would help people of today understand the significance of World War I? What was life like on the home front in Arkansas during the war that was to end all wars? Whatever you choose to present, plan an event that will honor your town and its people. Create something that will celebrate authentic Arkansas and make others want to come and learn more about your region’s way of life.


Future Heritage Month Focuses:

  • 2018 – Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission
  • 2019 – Bicentennial of Arkansas becoming a U.S. Territory (Historic Arkansas Museum)
  • 2020 – Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
  • 2021 – Arkansas Historic Preservation Program