The State of Arkansas celebrates 185 years of statehood on June 15. In honor of this occasion, vendors across Central Arkansas are partnering with the Old State House Museum for their annual Birthday Bash.
From June 4-15, each vendor has selected a special offer for the public where a portion of the vendor’s proceeds are donated to the Old State House. Generous vendors include:
Arkansas Flag and Banner donating 10 percent from the purchase of their most popular home flag kit.
Mockingbird Bar and Tacos donating $1 from every purchase of queso and $1 from each purchase of hibiscus tea lemonade.
Cypress Social donating 10 percent from the sales of their frozen Irish coffee drink.
Fassler Hall donating $1 from each pretzel sale.
Rock City Outfitters donating $10 from each Arkansas themed t-shirt or cap.
The Root Café donating $1 from each honey ginger lemonade.
Stone’s Throw Brewery donating $1 from sales of George Brothers Ale (at either location).
WordsWorth Books donating 15 percent from the purchase of Arkansas-themed books.
Bedford Camera donating 10 percent from the sales of 8x10 prints.
Minute Man Restaurant donating 10 percent from sales of their #3 (Original Minute Man Cheeseburger meal).
The selected items are available from vendors in store and, when applicable, online. Donations from the Birthday Bash will benefit conservation of artifacts. The Old State House will be featuring the vendors and their specific special offers starting June 1 on the museum’s social media channels.
The Old State House was the original state capitol. Construction on the building began in 1833, three years prior to Arkansas becoming a state. In addition to being the seat of government until 1915, the Old State House has been a medical school (which conducted groundbreaking research on malaria and hookworm), a war memorial, and home to organizations including the Boy and Girl Scouts. In 1951, the building was turned into a museum and underwent structural repairs in the 1990s that extended the life of the facility indefinitely.