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.
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.
This exhibit features art and photographs showing African-Americans from all walks of life, and involved in all types of occupations and pastimes. Many of the works are from the permanent collection of the Delta Cultural Center.
"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.
Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele led a Union army into southwest Arkansas in the spring of 1864 to join another army in Louisiana and invade Texas. He never made it past Camden and barely made it back to Little Rock. The Camden Expedition was marred by racial atrocities on both sides during fighting at Poison Spring, Marks’ Mills and Jenkins’ Ferry. This program will present evidence of the atrocities from accounts by both Union and Confederate soldiers.
Mark Christ is an award-winning author and community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. He is a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council and is a member of the board of trustees of the Arkansas Historical Association.
The 1836 Club presents the third annual Seersucker Social, a springtime tradition at the Old State House Museum. Wear your seersucker (if you like) and join us on the lawn of the Old State House Museum for croquet, mint juleps and live rhythm and blues. Sponsored by Colonial Wines and Spirits and The Independent.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.
Proceeds support the 1836 Club, a 501(c)3 that benefits the Old State House Museum.
The Camden Expedition's Jenkins' Ferry battle comes alive with events and pictures of today's battlefield locations of the battle on April 29 and 30, 1864, as General Steele's retreat from Camden was caught by the Confederates at the Saline River. Join us as stories and struggles of the personalities involved are shared marking the exact Sesquicentennial moments of the battle.
Roy Wilson is the author of "Sherdian and Grant County" and an award-winning educator.
Elizabeth Griffin Hil will discuss women’s vital contributions to their communities during two world wars and the agricultural depression from 1920 through the 1930s. She will emphasize the primitive beginnings of the school lunch program in Arkansas.
Elizabeth Griffin Hill is the author of A Splendid Piece of Work 1912 – 2012: One Hundred Years of Arkansas’s Home Demonstration and Extension Homemakers Club. From February 22 through May 6, 2014, Elizabeth and her husband Richard will speak at the Arkansas Living History and Arkansas Historical Association state conferences; Baxter, Boone, and Crawford County historical society meetings; and Montgomery and Fulton County Extension Homemakers Council meetings.
To celebrate the opening of “Different Spokes,” our newest exhibit on the history of bicycles in Arkansas, we’ll be hosting the Arkansas Bike/Walk Summit and a day full of hands-on, family-friendly activities. Visitors will be able to view galleries of artifacts, historical pictures and video to learn the history of bicycles.
Living historian, Dyan Bohnert, will present a program on Civil War Foodways.
This free event features the best in local and regional talent in gospel music, with styles ranging from traditional gospel to contemporary Christian music. Truly something for everyone!
Performing this year are:
Lee Williams & the Spiritual QCs
Point of Grace
Doc McKenzie & the Hi-Lites
The Cork Singers
The Dixie Wonders
The Anointed Ones
Contact Paula Oliver at 800-358-0972
This month’s Little Beginnings Toddler program will be about bicycles. 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.
This month’s Little Beginnings Toddler program will be about dinosaurs. 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.
Coordinated by the Arkansas Arts Council, the exhibition features the work of 39 Arkansas artists and will travel to 10 galleries throughout the state in a year-long touring show.
Now in its 27th year, Small Works on Paper showcases artwork no larger than 24 x 24 inches by Arkansas artists who are members of the Arkansas Artist Registry, an online art gallery coordinated by the Arts Council. The 2014 show features 40 works, which were selected from more than 300 submissions by juror Mary Kennedy, CEO of the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Kennedy is the past director of ExhibitsUSA and curator of exhibitions for M-AAA.
Pictured is "Emerald City", a watercolor by Carrie Waller of Cabot, AR.
Dr. Bill Gurley, author and professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will present a program on Civil War Medicine.
"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.
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