April 2017 Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Events Announced

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, March 23, 2017

A kickoff event for Arkansas’s commemoration of World War I, lectures and exhibits are among the April 2017 activities the Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee has sanctioned. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial activities, as well as additional information on the activities listed below, can be found at

WWI Centennial Commemoration events during April include:

* Legacies and Lunch will feature Brian Robertson of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at noon on Wednesday, April 5, at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library at 100 Rock Street in Little Rock; contact (501) 918-3033 or [email protected] for more information.

* Broadway Bridge Dedication to veterans of all wars, including WWI, featuring the Brass Quintet of the 106th Army Band will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at the south end parking lot of Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock.

* “Arkansas and the Great War: Remembering 1917,” the official kickoff of Arkansas’s centennial commemoration featuring an address by Governor Asa Hutchinson, living history demonstrations, games and musical performances, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, at the Old State House Museum at 300 West Markham in Little Rock; contact (501) 324-9685 or [email protected] for more information.

* “Great War, Great Changes,” the 76th Arkansas Historical Association annual conference featuring a WWI theme, will be held in Pocahontas April 20-22; contact (479) 575-5884 or [email protected] for more information.

* “The Great War: Arkansas in World War I,” the traveling exhibit from the Arkansas State Archives, will be at the Randolph County Heritage Museum in Pocahontas April 20-22; call (870) 892-4056 for more information.

* U.S.S. Arkansas Exhibit will continue during April at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, 120 Riverfront Park Drive, North Little Rock; call (501) 371-8320 for more information.

* Lonoke County in the Great War Exhibit will continue during April at the Museum of American History, 114 South First Street, Cabot; call (501) 286-9665 or email [email protected] for more information.

* First Call: American Posters of WWI Exhibit will continue during April at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, 503 East 9th Street, Little Rock; call (501) 376-4602 or email [email protected] for more information.

* “In Fields Far Away” Exhibit on Benton Countians during WWI will continue during April at the Rogers Historical Museum, 322 South Second Street, Rogers; call (479) 621-1154 or email [email protected] for more information.

* “On the Fields and in the Trenches: Relics of the First World War” Exhibit will continue during April at the Arkansas State Archives, One Capitol Mall, Little Rock; call (501) 682-6900 for more information.

For more information on Arkansas’s commemoration of World War I, visit or e-mail [email protected].