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Holiday Open Houses set for Dec. 4

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, November 21, 2016

The Department of Arkansas Heritage will host a Holiday Open House at its three Little Rock museums on Dec. 4.

Each museum will be open to the public and offer an array of food, music, crafts and other entertainment. Admission is free, and a trolley will be available to take patrons between museums, as well as the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, at no charge.

Historic Arkansas Museum, 1-4 p.m.200 E. Third St., 

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 the gift shop. Visitors can take their photo by the reconstructed 1800s Pleasure Wagon.

Old State House Museum, 1-4:30 p.m.300 W. Markham St., 

Visitors will find the Old State House colorfully decorated for the season, and local music groups will perform delightful carols. Fun, hands-on activities will be available to children; they can create unique holiday cards and more.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 2-5 p.m.501 W. Ninth St., 

The fifth annual “Say It Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Baking Contest will choose the best pies by both professional and amateur cooks. Listen to performances of holiday music while you sample each contestant’s pie.

Governor’s Mansion, 2-4 p.m.1800 Center St., 

The mansion’s rooms will be decorated using the theme, “Handel’s Messiah,” with each public room adorned in rich colors and musical instruments. There will be plenty of holiday treats to enjoy.

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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.

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On This Day: Chester Ashley Returns

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On this day in 1848, a steamboat named Cotton Plant brings the body of Chester Ashley back to Little Rock for burial. Ashley (1791–1848) was prominent in territorial and antebellum Arkansas. He was involved in the dispute over ownership of the site of Little Rock, the Bowie land claims, and the ill-fated State and Real Estate Banks, as well as being the pre-eminent appellate attorney of the period. He was a member of the powerful Conway-Sevier-Johnson political faction, which controlled state politics until the Civil War. In addition, he was the third Arkansan elected to the U.S. Senate and was probably the wealthiest Arkansan for much of his life because of his land holdings.  Read More

Arkansas Literary Festival 2015

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Thursday, April 23, 2015

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