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Old State House to host Arkansas Artifact Fair

Old State House Museum - Monday, April 24, 2017

Bring World War I artifacts or other family treasures to the Old State House Museum on May 7 to learn more about them.

In recognition of the centennial observation of World War I, the Arkansas Artifact Fair is an opportunity for anyone with an artifact or family heirloom to speak with archivists, curators and independent artifact specialists who will be on-site to examine and make records of those items.

Songwriting and music publishing was popular at the time of World War I, leading to the production of a large amount of war-related sheet music, some of which has been carefully passed down through the years. Other WWI-era items might include posters, photos, or letters and diaries written by soldiers.

Bring your “find” and come by the Old State House Museum on Sunday, May 7, from 2-5 p.m. for this free event. No furniture, please. Items should be no larger than you can easily carry upstairs. Photographs of larger items are welcome.

All unloaded firearms brought to the Arkansas Artifact Fair on Sunday, May 7 will need to be in a case. Check in immediately upon arrival. We will verify that the firearm is unloaded. We will have you unchamber and we will place a provided zip tie through the chamber. No artillery shells, mortars or hand grenades will be allowed on grounds. Please do not bring any war artifact that is intended to explode or ignite, even if designed as training/dummy shells or devices.

This community service is provided by the Old State House Museum Associates, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas State Archives, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

This program was made possible in part by a grant funded by your 1/8 cent conservation tax, Amendment 75.

The Old State House Museum is located at 300 W. Markham in Little Rock. For more information, call (501) 324-9685 or visit www.oldstatehouse.com.