Memories of Isaac Hayes is the topic of Old State House Museum Brown Bag lecture today at noon

Memories of a Soul Man: On the Road with Isaac Hayes — A Conversation with Chris Cockrell

Join the Old State House Museum on Thursday, June 20, from 12:00-1:00 pm as Chris Cockrell, an Arkansas native that worked as producer and road manager for Isaac Hayes in the 1990s and early 2000s, shares his stories of working and touring the world with Hayes in a conversational interview.

Isaac Lee Hayes Jr. was an iconic American singer, songwriter, actor, and producer. One of the creative forces behind the Southern soul music label Stax Records, he served both as an in-house songwriter and as a session musician and record producer.

Hayes teamed with partner David Porter during the mid-1960s on soul standards as “Soul Man” and “Hold On, I’m Comin,'” and reached the top of the charts on his own in 1971 with the #1 smash, Theme from “Shaft.”

Bring your lunch; they provide soft drinks and water. Admission is free.

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June 2nd Friday Art Night – Old State House Museum celebrates Arkansas’ 183rd Birthday

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Celebrate Arkansas’ 183rd birthday at the Old State House Museum’s annual Statehood Celebration on Friday, June 14, 2019, from 5:00-8:00 pm!
Learn what life was like in Arkansas in 1836.

Meet Living History Interpreters portraying artisans, skilled craftsmen, militia, shop owners, tavern workers, as well as gamblers, a medicine man, and even a magician from the 1836 era.

Play period games like skittles, graces, and faro.

Enjoy the puppet theater, hands-on activities for visitors of all ages, dancing, and live music from the Ozark Highballers!

Refreshments provided.

Free Admission!

Night at the Museum tonight (6/6) at the Old State House Museum

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The next Nights at the Museum will be June 6, 6-9 p.m. Join the Old State House Museum for a fun take on history, with plenty of games and activities.

As always, there will be plenty of food and libations available to purchase.

Nights at the Museum is an event for ages 21+ on the museum’s iconic front lawn that takes place the first Thursday of each month seasonally, March-October. (In case of inclement weather, the event will be indoors at the museum.)

Nights at the Museum is hosted by the Arkansas State House Society – Friends of the Old State House Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting OSHM and its programs.

Admission is $5; food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets may be purchased in advance at https://squareup.com/store/ArkansasStateHouseSociety/ or at the gate.

The museum can validate parking at the DoubleTree hotel; metered parking near the hotel is free after 6 p.m.

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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2nd Friday Art Night at Old State House Museum

During 2nd Friday Art Night in May, the Old State House Museum travels back in time to WWI-era Arkansas. The time is 5pm to 8pm.

Meet living history characters and listen to period music performed by an ensemble led by Michael Carenbauer.

Refreshments will include cake donuts and cocktails popular during the early 20th century.

Admission is free.

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

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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.

 

Go Back to the Future at the Old State House Museum’s May edition of Nights at the Museum

Get ready for the next Night at the Museum on May 2, 6-9 p.m.!

The theme for the May 2 event is “1.21 Gigawatts of History.” Join us for a blast from the past with plenty of fun games and activities.

We’ll be heading “Back to the Future” at this month’s night at the museum. Join us for fun green screen photo ops, air guitar showdowns, make your own DeLorean and LOTS more (but you’ll have to join us on Thursday to find out!)

As always, there will be plenty of food and libations available to purchase.

Nights at the Museum is an event for ages 21+ on the museum’s iconic front lawn that takes place the first Thursday of each month seasonally, March-October. (In case of inclement weather, the event will be indoors at the museum.)

Nights at the Museum is hosted by the Arkansas State House Society – Friends of the Old State House Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting OSHM and its programs.

Admission is $5; food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets may be purchased in advance at https://squareup.com/store/ArkansasStateHouseSociety/ or at the gate.

The museum can validate parking at the DoubleTree hotel; metered parking near the hotel is free after 6 p.m.