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May 2017 WWI commemoration events announced

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Friday, April 28, 2017

Musical performances, exhibits and lectures are among the May 2017 activities the Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee has sanctioned, and many of the events also mark Arkansas Heritage Month, which this year has the theme “A State of War: Arkansas Remembers World War I.” A complete listing of scheduled WWI centennial activities, as well as additional information on the activities listed below, can be found at http://www.wwiarkansas.com/calendar-events.

WWI Centennial Commemoration events during May include:

“The Great War: Arkansas in World War I,” the Arkansas State Archives traveling exhibit on WWI, will be displayed at the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives in Washington May 1-6; contact (870) 983-2633 or [email protected] for more information.

“Voices of the Great War,” an exhibit of items from Ouachita Baptist University’s Riley-Hickenbotham Library, will be on display May 1-31 at the library on OBU’s campus in Arkadelphia; contact (870) 245-5332 or [email protected] for more information.

“Special World War I Tour” will be offered at the Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville May 1-31; contact (870) 793-2121 or [email protected] for more information.

“Our Railroad Men in World War I” will be displayed at the Arkansas Railroad Museum in Pine Bluff May 1-31; contact (870) 535-8819 or [email protected] for more information.

“World War I in Jefferson County,” a “Last Man Club” exhibit with items from WWI veterans, will be at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum in Pine Bluff May 1-31; contact (870) 541-5402 or [email protected] for more information.

“Hot Springs WWI-Era Architectural Tour” will be held in downtown Hot Springs on May 2; call (501) 520-1850 or email [email protected] for more information.

Historic Jazz and Ragtime Concert, featuring WWI-era tunes, will be held at the Arlington Hotel in Hot Springs on May 2; call (501) 520-1850 or email [email protected] for more information.

The United States and World War I lecture by Dr. Sandra Keough will be held at the American Legion Hut in Helena-West Helena on May 3; contact (870) 338-6474 or [email protected] for more information.

Mt. Judea Heritage Day Festival, featuring a display honoring local WWI soldiers, will be held at the Mt. Judea School Campus in Mt. Judea on May 6; contact (870) 434-5508 or [email protected] for additional information.

In the Genealogical Trenches: Tracing Your Wartime Ancestry, a seminar by the Arkansas State Archives, will be held at Historic Washington State Park in Washington on May 6; contact (501) 682-6900 or [email protected] for more information.

Founders Day, featuring a WWI exhibit at the Randolph County Heritage Museum, will be held May 6 on the Town Square in Pocahontas; contact (870) 248-0069 or [email protected] for additional information.

Arkansas Artifact Fair, an event where experts will examine WWI artifacts and other family treasures, will be held at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock on May 7; contact (501) 324-9685 or [email protected] for more information.

“The Great War: Arkansas in World War I,” the traveling exhibit from the Arkansas State Archives complemented by Hot Spring County information, will be at the Hot Spring County Historical Society in Malvern May 9-16; call (501) 229-1600 for more information.

“Remembering the State of War in 1917-1918,” a special display honoring Newton County’s WWI doughboys, will be at the Bradley House Museum in Jasper May 9-11; call (870) 446-6247 or email [email protected] for additional information.

“The Great War: Arkansas in World War I,” the traveling exhibit from the Arkansas State Archives, will be at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History in Jacksonville May 23 to June 10; call (501) 241-1943 or [email protected] for more information.

“Fur and Feathers: Animal Heroes of WWI, an exhibit on WWI animals, will open with a May 11 reception at the University of Arkansas-Mountain Home’s Vada Sheid Gallery in Yellville and run through May 31; call (623) 703-4453 or email [email protected] for more information.

“Hometown: A State of War” exhibit will be at the Buffalo Island Museum in Monette on May 12; contact (870) 516-0262 or [email protected] for additional information.

“A State of War: Calico Rock Remembers World War I” will be held at the Calico Rock Museum on May 13; call (870) 297-6100 or email [email protected] for more information.

“Battle of the Balkans: Connecting World War I to President Clinton” Student and Teacher Workshops will be held May 16 at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock; for information or to register contact (870) 543-9975 or [email protected].

“To Can The Kaiser: Arkansas and the Great War,” a lecture by author and historian Mike Polston, will be held at the Archives and Family Research Center in Benton on May 18; contact (501) 778-3770 or email [email protected] for additional information.

History Fair will be held at the Cabot Public Library in Cabot on May 20; contact (855) 572-6657 or [email protected] for more information.

Perry County Heritage Day, featuring a WWI display at the Perry County Historical Museum, will be held on the Perryville Town Square on May 20; call (501) 889-8060 or email [email protected] to learn more.

“Faithful To Our Tasks: Arkansas’s Women and the Great War,” a lecture and book-signing by author Elizabeth Griffin Hill, will be held at the Dallas County Museum in Fordyce on May 25; contact (870) 352-5262 or [email protected] for additional information.

“World War I Experiences of Stone Countians,” featuring WWI songs by Charley Sandage performed by Harmony as well as a WWI exhibit, will be held at the Edwin Luther Auditorium of the Stone County Museum Complex in Mountain View on May 28; call (870) 615-2195 or email [email protected] for more information.

Rose Bud Veteran’s Memorial Unveiling and Memorial Day BBQ will be held May 28 at the Rose Bud Community Park in Rose Bud; contact (501) 837-0593 or [email protected] for additional information.

“When Dey Listed Colored Soldiers: World War I, A War to End All Wars” will be held at the Little Rock Central High National Historic Site Visitors Center on May 29; call (501) 492-9019 or email [email protected] for more information.

U.S.S. Arkansas Exhibit will continue during May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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 May 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 http://www.wwiarkansas.com/ or e-mail [email protected].

The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee is part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Other DAH agencies are the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.