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Welcome to Arkansas, Mr. President! (Part 4)

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

After a decade of greater-than normal attention to Arkansas from Republican presidents, Democrats would get a bite at the Arkansas apple in 1912. Virginia-born Woodrow Wilson stood on the cusp of  ... Read More

Welcome to Arkansas, Mr. President! (Part 3)

Old State House Museum - Monday, March 04, 2019

After Theodore Roosevelt’s time as Arkansas’s frequent presidential visitor, appearances by the country’s chief executives tapered off a bit, although were not nonexistent as they had been in the  ... Read More

Welcome to Arkansas, Mr. President! (Part 2)

Old State House Museum - Thursday, January 17, 2019

Theodore Roosevelt was probably the first post-Civil War chief executive to attract the fascination and excitement of people in both the North and the South. In a way, the Spanish-American War of  ... Read More

Old State House Museum seeks donation of Arkansas governors’ items, memorabilia

Old State House Museum - Monday, January 14, 2019

The Old State House Museum (OSHM) is seeking donations of items and memorabilia related to Arkansas governors. OSHM, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH), is gathering the ite ... Read More

Welcome to Arkansas, Mr. President! (Part 1)

Old State House Museum - Monday, January 07, 2019

Admittedly, for the first century of Arkansas’s statehood, our state was not what one would call a “must visit” destination for either the occupants of the White House, or for that matter, those w ... Read More

From Small Town Girl to the Leader’s Lady: Ewilda Gertrude Miller Robinson (First Lady, 1913)

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

She was the local beauty who made heads turn in Lonoke. He was the rising trial attorney with political ambitions. Together, Ewilda Gertrude Miller and Joseph Taylor Robinson would blaze a trail f ... Read More

She came down from the Hills, Too: Celia Alta Haskins Faubus (First Lady, 1955-1967)

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Orval Faubus wrote a two volume autobiography in the 1980s entitled Down From the Hills, in which the second volume was called Down From the Hills, Two. But from the day that he met Alta Haskins a ... Read More

She Made the Pryor Commitment: Barbara Jean Lunsford Pryor (First Lady, 1975-1979)

Old State House Museum - Friday, November 09, 2018

Born on December 26, 1938, in Fayetteville, Barbara Jean Lunsford was the only daughter, and late Christmas gift, to Bruce and RosaLee Lunsford. In her freshman year at the University of Ark ... Read More

Embodiment of a Real-Life Princess Diary: Ginger Croom Beebe (First Lady, 2007-2015)

Old State House Museum - Friday, October 19, 2018

A local features writer once began a biographical sketch with this lead in: “In The Princess Diaries movies we were introduced to Mia Thermopolis who rises from humble beginnings to become royalty ... Read More

‘Helaine and the Little War’ theatrical reading to be Oct. 21

Old State House Museum - Monday, October 08, 2018

The Old State House Museum will present the premiere reading of a new play, “Helaine and the Little War,” October 21 at 2 p.m. The play, written by playwright David Eshelman and songwriters Ch ... Read More