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.
"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.
Ann Warren is an emerging artist from Sherwood, Arkansas. At the age of 50 she began china painting and started oil painting at 60. She grew up in Helena, Arkansas in the 1960's and her paintings exemplify the memorable momemts of her younger years. Scenes include "draggin Cherry Street", hanging out with friends at the Kream Freeze, and many dances at the Hut.
This exhibition of vintage art and photography is being called "Arkansas' newest cultural treasure." The show features worrks from The Preller Collection, made between 1895 and 1950 in the Arkansas Delta. During the early 1900s, Hugo and Gayne Preller and their family plied the Mississippi and White River in their “floating studio,” creating the earliest and largest body of Delta photography in Arkansas history, including portraiture of sharecroppers and local citizens of the region.
An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, January 13, at 5:30 at the DCC's Visitors Center.
This event is free and open to the public.
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.
The authors of a new book that explores the legacy of Arkansas on film will be center-stage for a panel and book-signing at the Old State House Museum. On Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m., Robert Cochran and Suzanne McCray will be discussing their new book, “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!” on a panel hosted by Ben Fry, general manager of KUAR and host of Second Friday Cinema.
“Lights! Camera! Arkansas!” traces the roles played by Arkansans in the first century of Hollywood’s film industry, from the first cowboy star, Broncho Billy Anderson, to Mary Steenburgen, Billy Bob Thornton and many others. The Arkansas landscape also plays a starring role: North Little Rock’s cameo in Gone with the Wind, Crittenden County as a setting for Hallelujah (1929), and various locations in the state’s southeastern quadrant in 2012’s Mud are all given fascinating exploration.
Cochran and McCray screened close to two hundred films—from laughable box-office bombs to laudable examples of filmmaking – in their research for this book. They’ve enhanced their spirited chronological narrative with an appendix on documentary films, a ratings section and illustrations chosen by Jo Ellen Maack of the Old State House Museum, where “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!” debuted as an exhibit curated by the authors in 2013. That exhibit will close on July 31, 2015.
The 152nd observance of the Battle of Helena will be held the weekend of March 13-15. Both Union and Confederate camps will be set up in, and around, Fort Curtis. Special events will take place during the weekend, with the main event happening on Saturday afternoon. All events are free and open to the public.
Registration is required for all reenactment participants. Reenactors can register at the Arkansas Welcome Center beginning on Friday, March 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. After 7:00 p.m., registration will be on-site at Fort Curtis. The historic Moore Hornor House will be open for tours from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m., and the general public can visit the campsites from noon until sunset.
A variety of activities will take place on Saturday, March 14. Registration will continue on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Arkansas Welcome Center. From 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. spectators and reenactors can visit the Helena Museum to see a Trans-Mississippi Civil War exhibit and enjoy a book fair. The Moore Hornor House will also be open during this time for tours.
Living historian Dr. Curt Fields will be on hand portraying General U.S. Grant. The Delta Cultural Center’s Delta Drop-in program will feature Dr. Fields in a session called, “Q & A with General U.S. Grant,” from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the DCC’s Visitors Center. Visitors can also interact with Dr. Fields at the Helena Museum from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. In addition, the 30th annual Patrick Cleburne memorial service will be held from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Helena’s Confederate Cemetery.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Curtis. Arkansas Civil War historians will provide spectators with a historical perspective of the battle with ongoing commentary. The final assault on the fort, complete with charging Confederate soldiers and Union cannon fire, will take place at approximately 3:30 p.m.
A special Warfield Concert is planned for Saturday evening. Instrumentalist, composer, and music historian Bobby Horton will perform at 7:30 p.m. inside Fort Curtis. This concert is open to the general public, and concert-goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs to this free performance. Locals may recall the talented Horton as part of the group, “Three on a String.”
Activity will abound in downtown Helena on Sunday morning! The Delta Cultural Center’s Visitors Center, the Helena Museum and several of the downtown merchants will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Main Street Helena is sponsoring a free shuttle for reenactors and spectators to help them get around to museums, historic sites, shops and parking. Shuttles will run on Friday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join us for the Arkansas Chamber Singers' third concert of the season, "Music of the Civil War Era." Choral music composed during, performed during, or inspired by the American Civil War featuring music by Verdi, Brahms, Stephen Foster and many Civil War tunes arranged for choir. We bid farewell to our commemoration of this cataclysmic event with a tribute to the men and women who created meaningful beauty during a trying time. Admission is free, reserve your seat today by visiting the Arkansas Chamber Singers Web site.
Dr. Carl Drexler will discuss recent Civil War archaeology in Arkansas, including the battlefield at Wallace’s Ferry, near Helena-West Helena, fortifications at Camden, and civilians along the Red River. Dr. Drexler is a historical archaeologist with the Arkansas Archaeological Survey, specializing in the archaeology of the Civil War.
This month’s Little Beginnings program will include fun activities related to our popular exhibit, Lights! Camera! Arkansas! 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 MTCC in celebration of some of central Arkansas’s phenomenal women in honor of National Women’s History Month. Enjoy lunch and a candid conversation with a group of business savvy leaders and entrepreneurs who will share their stories of success and struggles as they found their path in the business world. Our special guests include: Leanna Godley, founder and president of Goddess Products, Inc.; Yolanda Hughes, owner, RSVP Catering; Ashley Jones, owner, Ashley Ann's Event Planning Service and Patricia Nunn Brown, director, Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Small and Minority Business Division. The event will be moderated by MTCC Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of “PowerPlay” magazine, Sericia Cole.Lunch is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Contact Tameka Lee at 501.683.3620 or email@example.com to reserve your seat.
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.
Enjoy a Spoken Word Poetry Workshop with Amoja “the Mo-Man” Sumler. Students will learn writing and performance techniques with one of central Arkansas’s best spoken word artists. Participants must bring lunch, but snacks will be provided. Space is limited so reserve your child's spot today. Please contact Elvon Reed at 501.683.3592 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.**Registration must be completed at MTCC using cash or check. The $15 materials fee is non-refundable.**Full payment must be made at time of registration.
Join violinist Geoff Robson and cellist Felice Farrell for a performance of works for solo strings by J.S. Bach. The performance will begin at 5:00 and last until 6:30. The museum will remain open until 8:00. This is a casual event and guests are welcome to drop in and seat themselves after the music has started.
Join us for a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture on Wednesday, April 15, where Micah Roberts presents "Fulbright's Balancing Act: How Domestic and International Politics Converged in 1959." Senator William Fulbright's 1959 "Face the Nation" interview is used to assess how the Arkansas senator prioritized the Civil Rights agenda in Arkansas with his ambitions as a Cold War statesman. Response letters from Arkansans following the interview and also used to assess the importance of domestic vs. international politics for Arkansans. Micah Roberts is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas where he studies United States foreign relations and politics during the Cold War, with special attention devoted to the Eisenhower-Khrushchev relationship and their use of personal and public diplomacy.
This month’s Little Beginnings program will include fun activities and a story about Earth Day. 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.
As part of its celebration of the passage of the 13th Amendment in Arkansas, the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will hold a mini-seminar on the afternoon of Saturday, April 18, following a living history program that morning that will focus on the
amendment’s passage by the Arkansas legislature. The seminar’s topic will be “Emancipation and Reconstruction.”
The Fourth Annual Seersucker Social, April 28, is sponsored by Little Rock Soiree.
The Seersucker Social is the signature event of the Old State House 1836 Club.
This year, all proceeds will benefit the School Bus Fund to bring K-12 students from all over Arkansas to the Old State House Museum.
Tickets are $40.
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