Observing Black History Month in Arkansas

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, February 04, 2016

  Featured image: Pieces from "I Walked On Water to My Homeland" featuring works by Delita Martin February is Black History Month, and at the Department of Arkansas Heritage, we’re taking time to reflect on the riveting story and achievements of the African-American community in Arkans... Read More

Herbarium Specimens

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Did you know there are at least four plant species that are native to only Arkansas? These Arkansas natives have been discovered no where else in the world. Watch the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission video to learn more!  <br /> Read More

Arkansas Heritage Holiday Open Houses

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

December 6 Holiday Open Houses between 1 to 5 p.m. Historic Arkansas Museum 1 to 4 p.m. Enjoy hot cider and ginger cake and celebrate the holidays as it was done in the 1800s. Living history characters will be on the grounds, and holiday shopping of Arkansas Made items will be available in ... 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 th... Read More

A New State Capitol

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A New State Capitol During the 1890s, calls were raised for a new capitol, but sentiment and financial considerations, coupled with the lack of a suitable site, effectively blocked the project. By 1899, the state’s financial condition had improved while conditions within the State House wors... Read More

Arkansas’s First Thanksgiving

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Want to know about Arkansas’s first Thanksgiving?  Arkansas officially observed its first Thanksgiving on December 9, 1847. Here’s a little history about it: One of the first American female novelists, Sarah Josepha Hale, (a New Hampshire writer famous for penning the nursery rhyme “Mary... 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 C... 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 When Gayle Harper learned that a raindrop falling into the headwaters of the Mississippi would travel the River for 90 days to reach the Gulf of Mexico, she knew immediately that her p... Read More

Kinsey Collection

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Impressive “Kinsey Collection” to Visit Arkansas The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is pleased to host The Kinsey Collection II: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, in its first visit to Arkansas. A national touring exhibit, the collection of authentic and rare art, artifacts, b... 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 squ... Read More