On March 2, 1819, the Arkansas Territory was created. It was carved out of the Missouri Territory (which itself had been carved out of the Louisiana Territory). The land consisted of what is now Arkansas as well as most of what is now Oklahoma.
Today (March 1) from 9am to 1pm, the Department of Arkansas Heritage is leading events to commemorate the bicentennial of the establishment of the Arkansas Territory. These will take place on the second floor of the rotunda at the Arkansas State Capitol. At 10am, Governor Asa Hutchinson will make remarks.
Throughout the commemoration there will be family-friendly activities and opportunities to learn about the history of Arkansas. Many of the divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage will be on hand. And, of course, there will be birthday cake!