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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

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

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

Arkansas Arts’ First Lady: Jeannette Katherine Edris Rockefeller (First Lady, 1967-1971)

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In her first 38 years, Jeannette Katherine Edris travelled a life journey that few women would have imagined or aspired to, including the women who resided in the place that she would begin to cal ... Read More

First Lady of the People’s House: Sarah Anne Phillips McMath (First Lady 1949-1953)

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Put yourself in these separate scenarios: Young mother expecting a child. Wife of a war hero turned ambitious politician being talked about as presidential timber. First Lady of the state. Soon-to ... 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

Old State House to host grand reopening of First Ladies exhibit on Sept. 14

Old State House Museum - Monday, August 20, 2018

The Old State House Museum will host a grand reopening of its exhibit, “First Ladies of Arkansas: Women of their Times,” on Sept. 14, 5-8 p.m. This free public opening coincides with Little Ro ... 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