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State commemorates involvement in WWI, celebrates shared history during Arkansas Heritage Month

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, April 24, 2017

Arkansas’s participation in World War I will be commemorated throughout May during Arkansas Heritage Month, designated annually by the governor and promoted by the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH). This year's theme, “A State of War: Arkansas Remembers World War I,” centers on the centen... Read More

March 2017 Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Events Announced

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A celebration of Arkansas women’s contributions to World War I, lectures and exhibits are among the March 2017 activities the Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee has sanctioned. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial activities, as well as additional information on the a... Read More

WWI Centennial Committee Unveils 12 Podcasts

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, November 28, 2016

The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee unveiled 13 new podcasts about Arkansas during the Great War, ACWSC Chairman Shawn Fisher announced today. The new podcasts were created in cooperation with the School of Mass Communication at the University of Arkansas at Little Ro... Read More

World War I Committee seeks documents, launches website

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, November 14, 2016

The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee recently asked Arkansans to consider donating materials related to the Great War period to archival institutions and unveiled its website as it prepared for the 2017-18 commemoration. In a Nov. 11 press conference at the Old Sta... Read More

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

Historic Places: A.C. Jeffery Farmstead

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Historic Places: The A. C. Jeffery Farmstead was constructed in 1848 by Augustus Curran Jeffery, the son of Jehoiada Jeffery, an early pioneer settler in Izard County and founder of the town of Mt. Olive. The Jeffery family first arrived in the area September 10, 1816, when Jehoiada Jeffery, ... 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

Judge Parker

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, June 15, 2015

This is Isaac Charles Parker (1838–1896) who served as federal judge for the Federal Court of the Western District of Arkansas in Fort Smith.  He tried 13,490 cases, with 9,454 of them resulting in guilty pleas or convictions. His court was unique in the fact that he had jurisdiction ove... Read More

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 ... Read More

Historic Places: Bedford Brown Bethell House

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Historic Places: Built in 1912-13, the Bedford Brown Bethell House in Des Arc, Prairie County, has been called one of the most elegant old homes in the Grand Prairie region of Arkansas.  Bedford Brown Bethell, the original owner, was born August 23, 1846, in Tulip Ridge.  In th... Read More