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Notable Arkie: Mary Lambert

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Notable Arkie: Mary Lambert was born in Helena, the daughter of Martha Kelly and Jordan Bennett Lambert III. Her younger sister is former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln.  Lambert directed Chris Isaak's first music video “Dancin'” and Janet Jackson's “Nasty” and “Control” music videos. ... Read More

County Seat Spotlight: Helena-West Helena

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Friday, July 17, 2015

Helena in Phillips County was incorporated in 1833 and prospered as a river port, while West Helena began as a railroad town, incorporated in 1917. The two cities united their school systems in 1946 and merged into one city (preserving both names) on January 1, 2006. Two land speculators, Syl... Read More

Important Arkansan: Bob Wootton

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, July 09, 2015

Important Arkansan: Robert (Bob) Wootton, born March 4, 1942, in Red Branch (part of the town of Paris in Logan County). Wootton is a musician best known for having been Johnny Cash’s backing guitarist for 30 years. In addition to having played on most of Cash’s albums made after 1968, he... Read More

County Seat Spolight: Augusta

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, July 09, 2015

County Seat Spotlight: Augusta, located on the east bank of the White River, has been the county seat of two counties, first Jackson and then Woodruff, and is the oldest settlement in Woodruff County. The town’s placement at a natural river landing brought prosperity during the era o... Read More

Creativity Arkansas: Aj Smith

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Creativity Arkansas: Aj Smith Through drawings and prints artist Aj Smith is able to explore creative processes with freedom to experiment. Graphite pencil, silverpoint and printmaking processes provide an effective means to communicate subtle emotions and feelings where words are often inad... Read More

Historic Davidsonville

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, June 29, 2015

Davidsonville in Randolph County was founded in 1815 and is considered one of the most important frontier settlements in northeast Arkansas. Abandoned by the 1830s, Davidsonville was the site of several Arkansas “firsts.”  While a part of Missouri Territory’s Lawrence County, ... Read More

District of Arkansas

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

On June 27, 1806, the District of Arkansas was created by the Territorial Legislature of Louisiana from the southern part of the New Madrid District.  (Above) A new map of part of the United States of North America, containing the Carolinas and Georgia, 1806; and a Map of the U.S.... Read More

Call for Entries!

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Call for Entries! 2016 Small Works on Paper The Arkansas Arts Council is seeking submissions from visual artists in Arkansas for the 2016 Small Works on Paper exhibition. Deadline for entries is Friday, July 24, 2015. Entry forms are available here or by calling (501) 324-9766. No... Read More

Value of Natural Areas

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pictured: On the left, an 1881 Map of Arkansas showing the distribution of forests. On the right, a map of ANHC's Natural Areas.   The Value of Natural Areas Prior to settlement, Arkansas was marked by an expansive mix of natural communities. In all, more than 40 differe... Read More

Churches of Arkansas: Promised Land Baptist Church

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

     Churches of Arkansas: Promised Land Baptist Church In 1866, after the Emancipation Proclamation, former slaves (purchased on October 18, 1841, in New Orleans, Louisiana,) homesteaded the East Kiblah community in Arkansas from the plantation of Richard Blanton. Rep... Read More