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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

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

Keeper of the Governor’s Public Image: Mabel Martineau (First Lady of Arkansas, 1927-1928)

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

In an age in which wives of public figures were more often than not out of the limelight, especially in traditionalist Arkansas, Mabel Martineau was a magnetic personality. As a hostess, it w ... Read More

She Never Expected to Be There: Gay White (First Lady of Arkansas, 1981-1983)

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Life brought Gay Daniels far from being a self-described “Navy Brat” in Oakland, Calif., to the pinnacle of prominence as Gay White, First Lady of Arkansas. Life was indeed exciting, challengi ... Read More

OSHM Oct. Blog: First Family/National Story Day

Old State House Museum - Thursday, October 26, 2017

Arkansans are known for storytelling — tall-tales, sentimental reminiscences and funny family stories. Whether you’re a native Arkansan or a new resident of The Natural State, chances are yo ... Read More

‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ to open March 11 at Old State House Museum

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Old State House Museum is pleased to announce that its latest exhibit, “Cabinet of Curiosities: Treasures from the University of Arkansas Museum Collection,” will open to the public on March 1 ... Read More

Questions with Dan Fowler of Cromwell

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Join us this Thursday, December 3 at noon as our Brown Bag Lunch Series continues with Dan Fowler, Chief Operating Officer of Cromwell Architects Engineers. Dan will talk about 150 year ... Read More

Arkansas First Lady Anne McMath, 1949-1953

Old State House Museum - Monday, October 05, 2015

Today’s gown brings a taste of postwar elegance. As we look back at the life of Arkansas First Lady Anne McMath, we look forward to tomorrow, when the First Ladies’ Lunch to restore our gown ... Read More

Arkansas First Lady Eula Terral, 1925-27

Old State House Museum - Friday, October 02, 2015

In the lead-up to our First Ladies' Lunch on October 6 we're featuring gowns from our historic collection. Today’s Arkansas First Lady gown takes us back to the Roaring Twenties!  ... Read More