Learn the story of Arkansas's first people, in their own words. Those words and more than 150 objects tell teh history of the Caddo, Osage and Quapaw--their arrival, their lives here, their forced removal and how their traditions continue today.
“King Biscuit Time,” the nation’s longest-running blues radio program, is hosted each weekday at the DCC Visitor’s Center by “Sunshine” Sonny Payne, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Admission is free; the public is welcome to attend.
“Delta Sounds,” hosted by DCC Assistant Director Thomas Jacques and Payne, is broadcast each Friday at 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Gallery hours at the DCC Visitors Center at 141 Cherry Street and the nearby DCC Depot at 95 Missouri Street are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
For more information, interested persons can contact the Delta Cultural Center at (870) 338-4350 or toll free at (800) 358-0972, visit the DCC online at www.deltaculturalcenter.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Songs from the Field" tells the early story of Delta music, the story of field songs and field hollers, the songs of the enslaved peoples of the Arkansas Delta. The story of how slaves used music to transcend the oppression of slavery is told through text, photographs, sound effects, artifacts, and several interactive elements, making for a compelling experience.
Starting in 2003 and continuing to today, Delta Cultural Center has actively collected the stringed instrument that is most commonly associated with blues music, the guitar. The collection has at present over 40 guitars. These guitars have been shown in various exhibits to the delight of Blues music fans and visitors in the past. This new exhibit will display over 25 of these instruments placed together for the first time. The guitars are known for their colorful and unusual shaped bodies, and for the craftsmanship that went into their making. Many were made by the Gibson, Fender and Kay Guitar companies. And, of course, guitars are known for or revered by the musicians that have owned and played them. Many have hand written signatures, such as B.B. King, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Rufus Thomas, James Cotton, and Lonnie Shields. One guitar was signed by the members of the Rolling Stones. And there are instruments that were owned and used by CeDell Davis, Jimmy Rogers, Robert Nighthawk and Howlin’ Wolf. This new exhibit will show off the great acoustic and electric guitars from blues music history that are being preserved by The Delta Cultural Center.
This exhibit consists of photographs by Beverly Buys, Professor of Photography at Henderson State University. The prints are all cyanotypes, one of the earliest photographic processes, which are made when sensitized paper is exposed to ultraviolet light.
The exhibit features images from the Arkansas Delta, all taken within a 100 mile radius of Helena.
An opening reception is planned for Thursday, August 14, from 5:30 - 7:00 at the DCC Visitors Center.
The Old State House Museum will be closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Museum will reopen on Friday, December 26.
MTCC, in partnership with the Sue Cowan Williams library, Pyramid Art Books, Custom Framing, and other community partners, will celebrate Kwanzaa from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30. MTCC’s Kwanzaa celebration is a citywide event that will celebrate the principle of Nia (nee-AH), which means “to make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.”Kwanzaa is an African American holiday celebration that focuses on family, community, and culture.
The Old State House Museum will be closed on New Year's Day. The Museum will reopen on January 2, 2015.
The “Sandwiching in History” tour series features a historic property in central Arkansas each month. The tours are free and open to the public. All tours begin at noon and last no more than one hour. An AHPP historian delivers a brief lecture about the property before leading guests on a tour. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches with them.
January's installment of Second Friday Cinema features End of the Line, a movie directed by Arkansan Jay Russell and featuring Arkansans Mary Steenburgen and Levon Helm. The film is about two rail workers from Little Rock who hop aboard a train to Chicago in a last ditch effort to save their jobs and way of life. Ben Fry, general manager of KLRE/KUAR and coordinator of the film minor at UALR, will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening.
January's Brown Bag Lunch Lecture is presented by Richard Hartness and is the story of a south-central Arkansas farmer/surveyor, turned citizen-soldier, elected by his neighbors to lead them in their defensive quest to save their homes and farms from the ravages of enemy invasion. During the Civil War, Robert Sanders Burke was elected Captain of a group of Montgomery County mounted volunteers, initially called “Burke’s Company,” and by war’s end was mustered into Confederate service as Company “B.” Newton’s group, like many others, was composed primarily of boys too young for conscription and older men, who may have served on other units before joining local “home guard” militias. Richard Hartness is the president of the Cross County Historical Society and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University, where he is researching information on the first tenured Black professors in Arkansas's colleges and universities. In February 2013, Hartness was honored by the Cross County Chamber of Commerce as their "Distinguished Citizen of the Year, 2012."
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., MTCC will host its annual MLK Challenge on Monday, January 19, 2015. The MLK Challenge is a service program designed to engage youth ages 12-18 in volunteerism with a full day of service projects that challenge them mentally and socially. Participants will travel to various community sites including Little Rock Summer of Solutions, Millennium Adult Day Care, Oakland Fraternal, Helping Hand of GLR, and Dunbar Community Gardens to complete a range of service projects. Participants must register prior to the event. For more information, call Elvon Reed at 501-683-3592.
Programs are for children ages 2 - 4 accompanied by a parent. Each month the class highlights a different topic and promotes learning through hands-on activities, music making, movement and storytelling. Admission is free; no day care or school groups please.
Join us at noon for the latest installment of our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series.
While white settlers were successful in establishing a harsh regime of slavery in Arkansas, the abundance of "wild" spaces lent opportunity outside the master's gaze. Kelly Jones leads a presentation that explores the ways in which slaves claimed uncultivated space between cotton fields for their own, and how the meaning of that space changed during the Civil War. Jones is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Central Arkansas and has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Arkansas.
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