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.
From 6:00-8:30, celebrate an early Halloween with the Old State House Museum. There will be free candy and Halloween activities for all ages. This year’s theme is Day of the Dead. We’ll have several games and hands-on activities that include decorating your own sugar skull mask and making cards.
The Old State House is just one location for the Big BOO!-seum Bash; other museums in downtown Little Rock also participate including the Central High Visitors Museum, MacArthur Military Museum, Curran Hall Visitors Center, Museum of Discovery, Witt Stephens Nature Center, Historic Arkansas Museum, the downtown branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. The Big BOO!-seum Bash is sponsored by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Little Rock Museums Consortium.
Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9685 for more information.
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.
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.
MTCC, in partnership with and Say It Loud! Readers and Writers, will participate as a sponsor of the National Black Children’s Book Fair Tour. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, MTCC will host the award-winning and esteemed black authors and educators from the tour to discuss importance of African American literature for children. For information, contact Patrick Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-683-3593.
"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 of our most highly anticipated exhibition to date, "Freedom! Oh, Freedom! Arkansas's People of African Descent and the Civil War 1861-1866." Freedom! Oh, Freedom! will explore the African American perspective of the Civil War from the lens of slavery, the contributions of African American soldiers, and what happened through and after the Reconstruction Era. We will have live music by Rodney Block & The Real Music Lovers and the Philander Smith College Choir, and special guest curator Ronnie A. Nichols of North Potomac, Maryland, Md., will be the featured speaker. A Former director of the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, Nichols is a descendant of a black Civil War veteran and is respected author, artist, genealogist and Civil War re-enactor. Don't miss this chance to view our interactive exhibit which is a must see for people for all ages! In addition to "Freedom! Oh, Freedom!" MTCC will unveil the pieces from the 2014 Creativity Arkansas collection. Free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. "Freedom! Oh, Freedom!" will remain open through December 31, 2015.
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.
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.
Holiday Open House is a festive and fun opportunity to enjoy a day full of holiday cheer. We will have a wide variety of entertainment and this year's event will feature our 3rd annual “Say It Ain’t Say’s” sweet potato pie contest, in honor of Little Rock’s black Santa, Robert “Say” McIntosh. Bring the kids to check out an awesome variety of holiday craft stations. Free and open to the public.
The Old State House Museum with support from the Arkansas Arts Council 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.
Kids Involved in Dynamic Service offers a chance for children ages 8 –13 to have a positive impact on their community through service. Participants must register prior to the event. For more information, call Elvon Reed at 501-683-3592.
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