Old State House Museum Talks
On May 15, the Old State House was privileged to host a talk from David Chappell, author of "Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King."
On May 14, writer, musician and host of "Arkansongs" Stephen Koch presented the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Louis Jordan: Son of Arkansas, Father of R&B.
Lights! Camera! Arkansas!
Each Tuesday starting in July we'll be releasing a new video featuring an Arkansan who is or has worked in the film industry. In our latest episode, Julie Adams talks about growing up in Arkansas, being bitten by the drama bug, and breaking into movies.
In our second episode, Joey Lauren Adams talks about growing up in North Little Rock and being cast in her first movie.
In our first episode, writer and director Jeff Nichols sits down and talks about his experiences and his incredibly strong ties to Arkansas.
Battle Colors of Arkansas: 1862
In our second episode, University of Arkansas at Monticello Professor William Shea takes a look at Arkansas in 1862, including battles at Pea Ridge and St. Charles. In addition, Bobby Roberts, the director of the Central Arkansas Library System provides us with a look at Confederate Robert Hindman, who has to build an Army from the ground up at a ruthless cost.
Battle Colors of Arkansas: 1861
In association with our newest exhibit, Battle Flags of Arkansas, the
Old State House Museum has commissioned a series of related podcasts,
one to be released every Wednesday in August. In our first episode,
Arkansas Tech University professor Tom DeBlack describes the first shots
fired in the state, and Arkansas’s reluctance to be pulled into the
Battle Colors of Arkansas featuring Greg Biggs
Flag historian Greg Biggs discusses the meaning and importance of Civil War battle flags in this video, produced for the Old State House Museum's second exhibit to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The Old State House Museum maintains a large collection of Arkansas-related Civil War artifacts, and Biggs fascinating insight helps give context to the symbol of these flags.
Arkansas Department of Correction Collection, featuring Dina Tyler
In this episode of the Old State House Museum Collections Video Podcast, we take a look at the collection of materials related to the Arkansas prison system and the Department of Correction. The podcast features an interview with the Public Relations Director for the DOC, Dina Tyler. Through the collection housed at the Old State House, we look at the long history of prisons in Arkansas, particularly capital punishment, electric chairs, death masks, and the trustee guard system.
Arkansas/Arkansaw, featuring Brooks Blevins
This episode of the Old State House Museum Collection podcast deals with our most current exhibit, Arkansas / Arkansaw : A State and Its Reputation. We feature an interview with the curator of the exhibit, Dr. Brooks Blevins, a professor of Ozark Studies at Missouri State University. Through his research and book commissioned by the Old State House, Dr. Blevins explores the origins of the state’s image as a backwards hillbilly state. Bill Clinton, Orval Faubus, Territorial Arkansas, Dogpatch, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Big Bear of Arkansas, and much more are discussed!
Medical Education at the Old State House, featuring Dr. John Wolfe
In 1911, Arkansas completed work on a new state capitol building and vacated the Old State House. The organization that came to utilize, and ultimately preserve, the 1836 Old State House was the University of Arkansas Medical School. This podcast, with excerpt of an interview with Dr. Jon Wolfe, examines the medical school’s use of the building between 1911 and 1935.
Butch Stone Collection
In addition to collecting and preserving Arkansas's political and
military history, the Old State House Museum also collects artifacts
from Arkansas musicians. From Johnny Cash's guitar, to Louis Jordan's
saxophone, to Scott Joplin's piano, the Old State House has acquired
items from some of the most significant figures in the state's cultural
Recently the museum has added to this impressive
collection ninety-two pieces of music and political memorabilia from
Butch Stone. Stone, a manager, concert promoter, and native Arkansan,
is best known for his work with Black Oak Arkansas and establishing
Little Rock as a national tour destination. In addition to the music
memorabilia, the Old State House acquired Stone's collection of
political material, including numerous photographs with and letters from Arkansas politicians.
Jeff Davis, Alcohol, and the Second Baptist Church Controversy of 1902
In 1902, Governor Jeff Davis was spotted publicly drinking alcohol aboard a train. A firestorm of controversy resulted within the Second Baptist Church of Little Rock and Davis was thrown out of the congregation. This lecture will reveal the roots of the controversy in an earlier fight over building the new state capitol building between Davis and former Governor James Eagle, chair of the deacons of the church.
Brian Irby is a library tech at the Arkansas History Commission. He received his B.A. and M.A. in history at the University of Central Arkansas.
Thunder in the Hills: Fayetteville in the Civil War
Dr. Thomas DeBlack discusses incidents involving the Washington County seat during the Civil War, including the April 18, 1863 Battle of Fayetteville. DeBlack is a professor of history at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. He is co-author of "Arkansas: A Narrative History" and author of "With Fire and Sword: Arkansas 1861-1874." DeBlack’s "Arkansas: A Narrative History" was named the winner of the Arkansas Library Association’s Arkansiana Prize, and "With Fire and Sword" was named the first winner of the Butler-Remmel Arkansas History Literary Prize. He is currently working on a book on Lakeport Plantation in Chicot County and on a history of Arkansas Tech University for the school’s centennial.
Brooks-Baxter War Symposium: Part 3 of 3 – Dr. Jay Barth & Questions Panel
Barth explains how the way in which the Brooks-Baxter War ended reconstruction in Arkansas was crucial in shaping Arkansas’ government in the following years. It helped to create a “do little” government in the state and helped forge a political culture in Arkansans where little was expected of the government.
Brooks-Baxter War Symposium: Part 2 of 3 – Dr. Kenneth Barnes
Dr. Barnes discusses the events of the Brooks-Baxter War and the many themes and undercurrents associated with those events.
Brooks-Baxter War Symposium: Part 1 of 3 – Dr. Carl Moneyhon
Moneyhon discusses the failure of the national government to develop a cohesive and persistent policy of reconstruction and how it would set up the confrontation that would take place in Arkansas.