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Sharecropping in Arkansas

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, July 05, 2016

  Tenant farming and sharecropping became increasingly common after the Civil War, as white plantation owners who previously used slaves to work their fields turned to new ways to tend the crops. These tenant farmers, who were both black and white, leased parcels of land from owners ... Read More

Sally Nixon exhibit opening at Historic Arkansas Museum

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Beginning June 10, a collection of illustrations by Sally Nixon will be on exhibit for summer visitors to Historic Arkansas Museum. Nixon is a Pine Bluff native who currently resides in Little Rock and holds a BFA in Illustration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She recently ... Read More

180 Years of Statehood: The People Rule

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, June 06, 2016

This year, Arkansas celebrates 180 years of statehood. The Old State House will be the center of these celebrations, centered around the theme, “The People Rule,” which is the English translation of the state motto, Regnat Populus .  Although the area we now know as Arkansas was inha... Read More

A continuing legacy of Arkansas history

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Supporters of Arkansas history have been very interested in legislation introduced in the special session that just ended. Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam sponsored a bill designed to create efficiencies across state government, and the bill passed in the House and Senate last Friday. ... Read More

Celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month in May

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Friday, May 20, 2016

Heritage Month is underway, but it’s not too late to celebrate, discover and enjoy our state’s heritage during May. Since 1982, Arkansans have celebrated Heritage Month with festivals, space studies, concerts, nature walks, tours and much more! Arkansans host scores of events in communi... Read More

Kinsey Collection Announcement

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, March 07, 2016

Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH), Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC), lawmakers, city leaders and others Friday to announce the April opening of the Kinsey Collection exhibit at the downtown museum of African-American history. The impressive Kinsey Coll... Read More

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