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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

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