Arkansas Heritage Holiday Open Houses

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

December 6
Holiday Open Houses
between 1 to 5 p.m.  Read More

On this Day: Judson University

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

On this Day: Judson University, the dream of Professor Martin R. Forey of Chicago, was a short-lived institution of higher education in Prospect Bluff—present-day Judsonia. The institution stimulated the migration of Northern families to the area, thereby significantly increasing the population and refining the social atmosphere of this typical, mid-19th-century river town. On this day in 1901, the board of trustees voted to transfer the last remaining asset of the university, Evergreen Cemetery, to the cemetery board. What remains of the school, the steeple bell, is in use at Judsonia’s First Baptist Church. It’s an interesting story.   Read More

A New State Capitol

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A New State Capitol   Read More

Arkansas’s First Thanksgiving

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Want to know about Arkansas’s first Thanksgiving?   Read More

Featherstonhaugh Arrives in Little Rock

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, November 18, 2015

During this time in 1834, British explorer George William Featherstonhaugh (pronounced “Fanshaw”) arrives in Little Rock where he meets William Woodruff and “Colonel A*****, a clever good-looking lawyer.” Featherstonhaugh does not give the exact date of the meeting, nor does he give the Colonel’s name as Ashley, but one can safely assume he’s describing Chester Ashley. The meetings happen between November 12 and 22, 1834.  Read More

Gayle Harper at DCC

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, November 05, 2015

Travel Photographer/Author Shares 90-Day Road Trip, Keeping Pace with a Raindrop on the Mississippi  Read More

Kinsey Collection

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Impressive “Kinsey Collection” to Visit Arkansas   Read More

Did You Know? Norman Library

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, October 26, 2015

Did You Know? One of America’s smallest operating libraries is located in Norman, about 45 miles west of Hot Springs. Until it was recently dethroned, the Norman Library held the Guinness Book of World Record's “Smallest Library” title. The library is located in the center of the town square on Highway 8. It was the vision of Marie Pinkerton whose motto was: “Forward.” Pinkerton’s Garden Club obtained Works Progress Administration funds in 1939 to beautify the town square. A barbed wire fence that once lined the square was replaced with a rock wall of native stone; in addition, funds were also used to fill the square with beautiful native trees and flowers.   Read More

Mount Holly Cemetery

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Cemeteries of Arkansas: Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock is often called “the Westminster Abbey of Arkansas,” a name that seems justified by the great number of individuals of significance in the fields of art, literature, religion and politics who are buried there. Eleven Arkansas governors, 13 state Supreme Court Justices, four United States senators, four Confederate generals and 21 Little Rock mayors are interred there.  Read More

Clayton House

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Historic (Haunted) Places! The Clayton House at 514 North 6th Street in Fort Smith was built in 1852 by a Mr. Sutton who abandoned the home during the Civil War for the greener pastures of Texas. After which, the house served as a Union Army hospital. William Henry Harrison Clayton purchased the home, enlarged and renovated it in the Victorian Gothic Italianate style, and moved in with his family in 1882. Clayton was appointed District Attorney of the United States for the Western District of Arkansas by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1874. He served two terms as prosecutor, during which he was “Hanging” Judge Parker's co-worker for 14 years. William Clayton’s brother was Powell Clayton who served as the ninth Governor of Arkansas, and his twin brother, John K. Clayton, was a U. S. Senator from Arkansas in 1873 (who was mysteriously assassinated after losing an election. Thanks to the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s “Arkansas’s Haunted Historic Homes,” we know some specific ghost stories to share about the Clayton House, which is now The Clayton House Museum. The museum’s executive director, Julie Moncrief, shared some stories about the house.  Read More