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Arkansas Territory Traveling Exhibit and Free Poster

An event at the State Capitol on March 1 kicked off the state’s observance of the centennial of Arkansas becoming a U.S. Territory on March 2, 1819. Gov. Asa Hutchinson; Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage; and Wendy Richter, director of the Arkansas State Archives; and Swannee Bennett, director of Historic Arkansas Museum, spoke during the event.

Dr. Richter introduced a new traveling exhibit, “Territorial Arkansas: the Wild West Frontier,” researched by Archives staff, tells the story of the Arkansas Territory, when Arkansas was considered the wild west of the United States. The exhibit is available to museums, libraries, archives, universities, schools, historical societies and other educational or cultural institutions around the state at no cost. To make arrangements for borrowing the exhibit, contact the Arkansas State Archives at (501) 682-6900.

Historic Arkansas Museum also announced an exhibit in its galleries that uses artifacts and maps to tell the story of the Arkansas Territory. Titled “Life in the Western Country: Arkansaw Territory from 1819-1836,” the exhibit celebrates the 200thanniversary of the creation of the territory with items such as the deed to the first newspaper print shop west of the Mississippi and tableware similar to what would have been used at Jesse Hinderliter’s tavern, which still stands on the museum’s grounds. Historic Arkansas Museum is located at 200 East Third Street in Little Rock. The exhibit will be on display through April 5, 2020.

A poster commemorating the bicentennial of the territory was unveiled at the event. It features an 1820s map of the territory, which then included most of what is today Oklahoma. Free copies of the map may be ordered online or by calling (501) 324-9150.


Since 1982, DAH has provided Arkansans upon request a free, collectible Arkansas Heritage poster. Posters from recent years may still be available in limited quantities. If interested, please call our office at 501-324-9150 for details. To view a gallery of past Heritage posters, click here.