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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

Warrior for Peace and Children’s Health: Elizabeth Callan “Betty” Flanagan Bumpers (First Lady, 1971-1975)

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Betty Flanagan traveled far on life’s journey, from a small town elementary school teacher to her state’s First Lady and a globally recognized advocate for peace among nations in dangerous times.  ... Read More

Noted Civil War historian to speak Oct. 18 at Old State House Museum Associates Annual Supper

Old State House Museum - Monday, September 24, 2018

Join National Parks Historian Emeritus Edwin Bearss at the Old State House Museum (OSHM) on Oct. 18 for a special presentation on Confederate Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne, who was known as “the Ston ... Read More

Just Can’t Get Any Respect

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

When visitors grace the stately first home of Arkansas’s state government, the story of Speaker of the House John Wilson fatally stabbing Representative Joseph J. Anthony after a debate in the Hou ... Read More

He Hitchhiked to Win Her Over: Susan Burrell Hutchinson (First Lady, 2015-Present)

Old State House Museum - Thursday, September 13, 2018

Susan Burrell never dreamed while growing up in Atlanta that she would meet a country boy from Northwest Arkansas who was so smitten with her that he would hitchhike from Alma to Memphis once a mo ... Read More