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 email@example.com.
About the Exhibit:
"Come Day, Go Day" is the title of a Robert Lockwood Jr. song he recorded in the early 1970’s for the Trix record label. It is also an old colloquial phrase that dates back to 1600’s Britain. The original meaning described an attitude of someone who “only mind to serve out their Time, and get their Wages” . A variation of it evolved years later in the American South where the phrase instead described a situation, one in which a person found themselves when they worked all day for a minimal wage, spent that pay just to get by, and at the end of the evening nothing was left for the next day . The phrase took on a meaning of melancholy, of someone knowing they were no better off than the day before, living day to day. In the Robert Lockwood Jr. song he used the phrase to describe the feeling he has ever since his woman left him and also left town:
“Now it’s been come day, it’s been go day, ever since you went away.”
At the third annual King Biscuit Blues Festival in 1988 Robert Lockwood Jr. played this song as a special request by Sunshine Sonny Payne, his longtime friend and host of the KFFA King Biscuit Time radio show.
The exhibit title is representative of the melancholy found in passage of time and the remembrance of things past. Those memories and their documentation become history for all to experience.
The majority of images in this exhibit are from the first annual King Biscuit Blues Festival, Saturday October 18, 1986. A few additional images included are of crowd scenes from the Mississippi Delta Blues Festival and a selection of color photographs from the Delta. All of these additional photos were taken around the same time period as the King Biscuit Festival photos, circa 1986 – 1990.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 3 (changed from September 19), from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the DCC Visitors Center.
About Craig Baird:
Craig Baird has been involved with photography most of his life. He was born in Tupelo, grew up in Pascagoula, and graduated high school in Jackson, Mississippi. He attended Mississippi State University and obtained a Bachelor degree in Architecture. He has been in the field of architecture for almost 30 years and is currently a project manager with an architectural firm in Memphis, Tennessee. Throughout his life he has done personal and professional photography, including architectural photography for firms in both Jackson and Memphis.
This exhibit explores what the Civil War really looked and felt like in Arkansas, using women’s journals, slave narratives, letters from soldiers, uniforms and weapons to tell that story. No surprise, it wasn’t much like Hollywood’s glamorized 1939 version of the Civil War. It was a gritty, harsh reality for those living through a war that saw approximately 700,000 killed in combat and that largely defined what the United States would strive to be in the future—a free country for all its citizens.
This exhibit is produced in collaboration with Historic Arkansas Museum, another museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.
Learn more about your home state! Win a prize! Discover new audio/video presentation skills! All 6th-12th grade students in Arkansas are invited to submit digital reports about a significant event or individual, past or present, related to the museum’s mission to collect, preserve, interpret, and celebrate Arkansas’ African American history from 1870 to the present, especially in the areas of business, politics, and the arts.Entries will be judged in two categories: 6th-8th grades, and 9th-12th grades. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category. 1st - $100 Wal-Mart Gift Card2nd - $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card3rd - $25 Wal-Mart Gift CardIn addition, first place winners in both categories will win a free trip to Mosaic Templars Cultural Center with a special tour and pizza party for their Social Studies/History class!!!Submit the entry form to compete!
In 1932, Helen Spence pulled a pistol in a court house and shot down the man who had slayed her father. This was only the beginning of a series of her exploits, including killing another man and daring prison escapes.
Join us at noon on Wednesday, December 11th, as Denise Parkinson, author of Daughter of the White River: Depression-era Treachery & Vengeance in the Arkansas Delta, gives a lecture on the life of Helen Spence.
Participants are welcome to bring a sack lunch. Soft drinks and water are provided. Admission is free.
The Old State House Museum welcomes the Arkansas Chamber Singers performing their annual holiday concert. The program will include familiar carols and songs of the season featuring new works by Arkansas composers performed in the acoustically rich house chamber of the Old State House Museum for three nights. Admission is free, but seating may be limited, so reserve your seats now at http://www.ar-chambersingers.org/holiday.htm
The “Walks through History” tour series features historic sites or districts around Arkansas each month. The tours are free and open to the public. Tours begin at 11:00 a.m., unless otherwise indicated, and last between one and two hours. An AHPP historian delivers a lecture about the properties while leading guests on a walking tour.
Kids Involved in Dynamic Service offers a chance for children ages 8 –13 to have a positive impact on their community through service. The December project is making cards and stockings for children in need of some holiday cheer. Participants must register prior to the event. For more information, call Elvon Reed at 501-683-3592.
The traditions of joyous family holiday celebrations past can be relived at Holiday Open House. Visitors will find the Old State House colorfully decorated for the season. Fun, hands-on activities will be available to children; they can create unique holiday cards and more. Delightful carols will be performed by local music groups. Visitors will also enjoy delicious cookies and punch. Call (501) 324-9685 for more information. Admission is free.
This month’s Little Beginnings Toddler program will be about reindeer. The Little Beginnings Toddler Program is for children ages 2 through 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. Call (501) 324-9685 for more information.
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