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.
"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.
Wednesday, September 24, 6 p.m.In the spirit of the 57th anniversary of Little Rock Central High School crisis, MTCC has partnered with Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in celebrating "Liberators of a Collective Conscious Community." Local educators and social activists will be honored for their service to the city of Little Rock. Honorees include Dr. Dexter Booth, Dr. Beverly Divers-White, Mrs. Othello Faison, Nancy Rousseau, Sammie Nell-Tollette, Dr. Dexter Suggs, Ed Hawkins Sr. (in memoriam), and Thelma Mothershed Wair. In the spirit of a worldwide collective conscious movement, we humbly welcome our keynote speaker, Dr. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine. The event will be moderated by Dr. Michael Twyman, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Thursday, September 25, 6 p.m.A documentary "Home of the Brave" on the civil rights activist, Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered in 1965 as she campaigned for black suffrage in Selma, Alabama. The ceremony will open with keynote speaker Victor Snyder, former seven term U.S. Congressman (D-AR).Liuzzo was the only white women killed during the civil rights movement in America. Told through the eyes of her children, the film follows the on-going struggle of an American family trying to survive the consequences of their mother’s heroism and the mystery behind her murder.The film will be followed by an audience talk back with Mary Liuzzo Lilleboe and Sally Liuzzo-Prado, daughters of Viola Liuzzo, moderated by Victor Snyder.
Join us as Charles Baclawski, a Ph.D. student in Arkansas State University’s Heritage Studies program, talks about the travels of William Jenkins, a Mormon missionary in early 20th century Arkansas. Bring your lunch; soft drinks and water are provided.
Enjoy some of the best blues music around at the DCC's Miller Annex during the King Biscuit Blues Festival. This indoor venue provides a place to get out of the elements, and get "up close and personal" with some of the artists.
Vince Cheney 3:00/3:45
Linsey Alexander Band 4:00/5:00
Clarke Buehling 11:00/11:45
Charles Wods 12:00/12:45
Lonnie Shields 1:00/1:45
Heavy Suga & The SweeTones 2:00/2:45
Demetria Taylor 3:00/3:45
Marquis Knox 4:00/5:00
Cash McCall Band 11:00/11:45
Veronika Jackson 12:00/12:45
Big George Brock & His House Rockers 1:15/2:00
David Kimbrough, Jr. Band 2:30/3:30
Kenny "Beedy Eyes" Smith Band 4:00/5:00
KBBF Youth Jam 5:30/6:30
Join us for our special Halloween installment of Second Friday Cinema! This month we'll be screening the cult classic film The Legend of Boggy Creek. The film was made in Texarkana by auteur Charles B. Pierce, and is one of his most well known movies. Using a documentary style, Pierce tells the story of a community terrorized by the Fouke monster. The low-budget movie has been cited as one of the biggest influence on the Blair Witch Project and many other films. As always 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.
It's time for the Mosaic Halloween "Spooktacular" as a part of the 19th Annual Big Boo!seum Bash. Put on your best costume and join us for story-telling, face painting, games, crafts and lots of candy!
In 1946 a number of murders and assaults were committed late at night in and around Texarkana. The unknown killer was nicknamed by the press the "Moonlight Phantom." Thirty years later, Arkansas filmmaker Charles B. Pierce loosely based his film The Town That Dreaded Sundown on these incidents. For a special Halloween edition of Brown Bag Lunch Lectures, Brian Irby of the Arkansas History Commission will talk about this spooky, unsettling case that has remained unsolved for almost 70 years.
November's Brown Bag Lunch Lecture is presented by Marie Williams. Arkansas Senator and state Supreme Court Justice, James D. “Jim” Johnson has been portrayed as one of the most outspoken racist politicians of Arkansas’s history. His legacy includes an Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution that gave Arkansas the right to nullify federal law. He is also remembered for being a constant thorn in the side of Governor Orval Faubus. A look at the evidence surrounding Johnson’s political career suggests that Johnson was not purely motivated by race. Johnson started the White Citizens’ Council of Arkansas in 1955 in response to the integration of the Hoxie School District. Hoxie became Johnson’s soapbox and the Citizens’ Council became his campaign vehicle. The tactics he used to fight integration in Hoxie were unlike those of other Arkansas segregationists. Instead of citing race as the reason for his campaign in Hoxie, Johnson brought the Second Red Scare to Arkansas. He appealed to a wider audience by accusing integrationists of being communists. Using primary source information, this presentation outlines the methods used by Johnson in 1955 as he started his campaign for governor. Marie Williams is currently finishing her Master's Degree in History from Arkansas Tech University. She is an Arkansas native who lives in Dover with her husband and their two children.
"Arkansas Civil War Heritage: A Legacy of Honor" is the title of a program that will be presented by Dr. W. Stuart Towns, author and retired chairman of the Department of Communication Studies, Southeast Missouri State University.
Taste and rate your favorite brews during Second Friday Art Night at the Old State House Museum. Homebrew for the Holidays is the long running annual showcase for the Central Arkansas Fermenters. Homebrewers from across Central Arkansas will put their work up to the test, with a contest that needs your input! Live music and refreshments will make this a can't miss event for beer lovers in the area.
Join MTCC for the opening reception for our largest exhibition to date, "Freedom Oh, Freedom!" Arkansas's People of African Descent and the Civil War. "Freedom Oh, Freedom!" tells the story of transformation and progress of African Americans in Arkansas during the Civil War era.The opening reception will feature live music by Rodney Block and the Philander Smith College choir. Refreshments will be served.
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.
The Old State House Museum welcomes the Arkansas Chamber Singers performing their annual holiday concert. The group will be performing Christmas and Holiday music including works popular during the Civil War and will be 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 by going to the Arkansas Chamber Singers website, linked above.
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."
Great Music of the Civil War Era by Verdi, Brahms and Stephen Foster including music and lyrics written during and about the Civil War.
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