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We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas

Permanent Exhibit
Historic Arkansas Museum

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.

January
21-01

King Biscuit Time

Each weekday
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
DCC Visitors Center 141 Cherry Street Helena-West Helena

“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 info@deltaculturalcenter.com.

Ongoing
 

Songs from the Field

February 27, 2014 - December 31, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
141 Cherry St.

"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.

Ongoing
 

Fine Tuned Strings: The Guitars of Delta Cultural Center

July 17 through December 31, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Visitors Center, 141 Cherry St.

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.

Ongoing
 

Delta in Blue

August 14 through December 31, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
141 Cherry St.

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.

December
24-26

Museum Closed - Christmas Eve and Day

December 24 and 25
All Day
Old State House Museum

The Old State House Museum will be closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Museum will reopen on Friday, December 26.

December
30

Kwanzaa Celebration

December 30, 2014
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

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.

January
01-02

Museum Closed - New Year's Day

Thursday, January 1, 2015
All Day
Old State House Museum

The Old State House Museum will be closed on New Year's Day. The Museum will reopen on January 2, 2015.

January
09

Sandwiching in History

January 9, 2015
12 pm - 1 pm
Little Rock Fire Station No. 2 1201 S. Commerce St.

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
09-10

Second Friday Cinema: End of the Line

Friday, January 9, 2015
5 -8 p.m.
Old State House Museum

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
15-16

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Local Hero: Captain Robert Sanders Burke, Home Guard Commander

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Noon
Old State House Museum

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."

January
19

MLK Challenge

January 19, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

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.

January
21-22

Little Beginnings Toddler Program

Wednesday, January 21
10:30 a.m.
Old State House Museum

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.

January
29-30

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: The Union School in Arkansas

Thursday, January 29
Noon
Old State House Museum

Join us at noon for the latest installment of our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series.

February
04-05

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Little Rock Major Taylor Cycling

Wednesday, February 4
Noon
Old State House Museum

Join us at noon for the latest installment of our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series.

February
06

Sandwiching in History

February 6, 2015
12 pm - 1 pm
Matthews-Clauson House 10226 Miller Rd.

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.

February
11-12

Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: "Opportunity on the Edge of the South: Slaves in the Wilds of Arkansas"

Wednesday, February 11
Noon
Old State House Museum

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.

February
12-13

Magic Lantern Valentine's Day Program

Thursday, February 12
7 p.m.
Old State House Museum

February
13-14

Second Friday Art Night: Slow Reading with Geoff Robson

Friday, February 13
5 - 8 p.m.
Old State House Museum

March
06

Sandwiching in History

March 6, 2015
12 pm - 1 pm
Old Post Office and Custom House 300 W. Second St.

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.

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