Brown Bag Lunch Lecture at Old State House Museum looks at Cherokee in Territorial Arkansas

No photo description available.Join the Old State House Museum for a lunch lecture on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 12:00 pm.

Dr. Carl Carlson-Drexler will be here to talk about “Life and Death on Lost Prairie: The 1819-1820 Cherokee Settlements on the Red River.”

The westward spread of American settlement pushed many southeastern Native American tribes from their homes.

One of these was the Cherokee, who came to Arkansas in the 1810s, settling on the Arkansas River. In 1819, a small band moved from the Arkansas to the Red River. Their time there was brief, and ended violently following an attack by the Arkansas Territorial Militia. This presentation delves deeper into this story and teases out the complexities of Native life in early southwest Arkansas.

Admission is free. Bring your lunch; soft drinks and water provided. If you park in the garage beneath the DoubleTree Hotel, be sure to bring your ticket with you. We can validate it so parking will be free!

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Remember the Recall – a look at 1959 LR Schools Election at Old State House Museum today

Courtesy of UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture

After eight months of closed high schools in Little Rock, the firing of 44 well-respected Little Rock School District employees set off a firestorm which would culminate in a recall election.

Supporters of following federal law were pitted against ardent segregationists as all six members of the School Board (who had been elected only five months earlier) were subject to the state’s first ever recall election for school board members.

Today (May 9) at the Old State House Museum, the Brown Bag lecture series will focus on the Recall election and the events that led up to it.  The program starts at 12 noon.

In a program entitled, “Remember the Recall” the events of May 1959 will be discussed. The campaigns for and against these school board members exposed new generations of Little Rock residents to civic engagement. Some of Little Rock’s civic leaders today cite that time as a political awakening.


Sandwich in History at the Matthews-Storey House today (5/3) at noon

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program each month sponsors a Sandwiching in History tour which familiarize people who live and work in central Arkansas with the historic structures and sites around us.

The tours take place on Fridays at noon, last less than an hour, and participants are encouraged to bring their lunches so that they can eat while listening to a brief lecture about the property and its history before proceeding on a short tour.

Today (May 3) at 12 noon, this month’s tour is at the Matthews-Storey House, located at 8115 Ascension Road.

This house was constructed c. 1925 and is an amazingly intact example of a Craftsman Style airplane bungalow in central Arkansas built by the Justin Matthews Company in the Westwood development of Little Rock. The airplane bungalow is a rare form of residence designed in the Craftsman Style and named due to the similarity of its form (small upper story and cross gables) to the cockpit and wings of 1920s aircraft.

The Matthews-Storey House was a rental property for several years, before being purchased by the Storey family in 1934. The house eventually was owned by a succession of families, including a Christian Science practitioner, an insurance salesman and a Baptist pastor. The house continues to be a single family residence and includes many original features and fixtures.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

May 2 appearance by Lonnie G Bunch III in Little Rock has been cancelled

Image result for lonnie bunchDue to travel complications, the May 2 appearance by Lonnie G. Bunch III in Little Rock has been cancelled.

The program was to have been the 29th Frank and Kula Kumpuris Distinguished Lecture presented by the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton School of Public Service.

Legacies & Lunch focuses on history of Central Arkansas Library System today at noon

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies’ monthly “Legacies & Lunch” program takes place the first Wednesday of the month at noon.

The focus of today’s program does not stray too far. It is the Central Arkansas Library System, itself.

Since the opening of the single Carnegie Library in 1910, library service in Little Rock has evolved to include multiple branches in two counties. The story of the Central Arkansas Library System is filled with unique personalities, grassroots efforts, and visionary ideas. Historian, librarian, and archivist Tim Nutt will highlight the history of CALS and some of the important events and individuals that have contributed to the system’s success.

Tim Nutt is the director of the Historical Research Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

The program takes place in the Darragh Center on the CALS Library Square campus.