Arkansas and Mexico: The Early Years is focus of Old State House Museum Brown Bag lecture today

Arkansas and Mexico each became political entities in the first decades of the 19th century. Both before and after Mexican Independence, Arkansans looked for commercial and political opportunities in Mexico.

Join the Old State House Museum on ThursdaySept. 12, from 12 to 1 p.m., as Dr. Kristin Dutcher Mann explores the first 100 years of relationships between Arkansas and Mexico.

Dr. Kristin Dutcher Mann is professor of history and social studies education coordinator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

She is a specialist in the history of colonial Latin America and the U.S./Mexico Borderlands. In addition, she frequently works with teachers and students on public and local history projects and grants.

 

August 2nd Friday Art Night at UA Little Rock Downtown with Bang-Up Betty

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The galleries and shops of downtown Little Rock are staying open late for 2nd Friday Art Night

Bang-Up Betty will be popping up with local artists and artisans at UA Little Rock Downtown in the River Market area for the evening festivities!

Shop hand-stamped jewelry, lapel pins and more by local designer Bang-Up Betty from 5-8 p.m. She’ll be showcasing new designs, her recent funny zodiac collection and classic favorites Friday night.

Little Rock Look Back: Apollo 11 Lifts Off on July 16, 1969

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from Florida as 528 million people (15% of the world’s population at the time) viewed it on television.  As would be expected for that historic trip to the moon, both the Arkansas Gazette and the Arkansas Democrat were filled with stories covering all aspects of the preparations and the launch.

The Gazette carried a story in which Sargent Shriver, then Ambassador to France, recalled his brother-in-law John F. Kennedy saying that if he died before the US landed on the moon, he would be watching it from his rocking chair in heaven and would have a better view than anyone on earth. The comments were made on May 25, 1962, the same day President Kennedy addressed a joint session of Congress about the quest to send man to the moon.

But Apollo 11 was not the only thing in the newspapers.

  • July 16 was the first preliminary night for the Miss Arkansas pageant.
  • Ruth the elephant was ailing at the Little Rock Zoo.
  • The Arkansas Constitutional Convention continued
  • The Loch Ness Monster had gone into hiding according to Scottish officials
  • Plans were underway to bring private Little Rock University into the University of Arkansas System

Sports headlines included:

  • The Cardinals beat the Phillies 5 to 0
  • The Travelers were rained out at home.
  • Joe Namath was in secret meetings with NFL leadership regarding his retirement plans. He’d announced them rather than give up ownership of a club frequented by mobsters.
  • Brooks Robinson was named to his 13th consecutive All-Star game.

In advertisements (and there were pages and pages and pages of advertisements – comparing them to papers of today one really sees how much a drop in revenue newspapers are facing):

  • Curtis Finch Furniture offered a side by side refrigerator with icemaker for $499
  • Bruno’s was now serving wine and cocktails
  • Moses Melody Shop had a color TV for $399.50
  • Pfeifer-Blass was selling shoes for $3.50 and women’s jersey dresses for $11.99

July 2FAN – UA Little Rock Downtown spotlights three artists

No photo description available.UA Little Rock Downtown is proud to host artists Sherry Williamson, Mariah Hatta, and Sergio Valdivia.

Sherry Williamson loves painting pets and everyday places and things with a “quirky twist and brightly saturated colors.” She began painting in 2008 when she was inspired by her 20 pound pet cat, and then went on to paint over 200 pet portraits.

Mariah Hatta, a local ceramics artist and owner of House Of Terriers, a creative ceramics company, will join us again in July and will be bringing her beautiful heart pieces. Grab them while you can because they will not last long!

Sergio Valdivia is a vibrant artist and dance instructor who we are so excited to have join us this July! Of his work, Sergio says, “If you meet me one day and see that my hands, arms, etc are covered with paints forgive me but I tend to get very ‘involved’ in my artwork and having paint on me expresses the person I am.”

UA Little Rock also have free snacks and drinks.