Collections Blog

La chanteuse d’opéra: The Interrupted Melody of Marjorie Lawrence

Old State House Museum - Monday, January 23, 2017

This month we are featuring an opera gown worn by Marjorie Lawrence in her performance as leading soprano Delilah in Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah. Marjorie’s costume consists of a white satin floor length gown adorned with imitation diamonds along the bodice, sleeves, and skirt in multiple patterns that highlight the performers’ figure creating a beautiful silhouette. It also features an attachable bodice that has a wing like shape. It is made of a mesh material covered in imitation diamonds and has imitation diamonds that hang off of the tips located off the shoulders.   Read More

Holiday Greetings from Arkansas's First Families

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

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Patsy Montana and the 1991 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Old State House Museum - Monday, November 28, 2016

In 1991, Patsy Montana marched in the 65th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, after which she and her fellow marchers received a plaque commemorating the experience. The plaque consists of a photograph of Montana and her comrades in their parade outfits and an inscription that reads, “Macy’s 65th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade; 1991; ‘Those Who Rode’ for the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center.” The plaque currently resides in the Old State House Museum’s permanent collection.
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"Woman's Chronicle" takes stand for suffrage

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, November 08, 2016

In March 1888, the Woman’s Chronicle was launched by Catherine “Kate” Campbell Cuningham, Mary Burt Brooks and Haryot Holt Cahoon in Little Rock. The establishment of the Chronicle followed hot on the heels of the creation of the Arkansas Equal Suffrage Association (AESA) and the loss of the Southern Ladies’ Journal. It was the first paper published by Southern women to take a decided and unequivocal stand for women’s suffrage.   Read More

“The King of Ragtime Writers”: Scott Joplin and His Music

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Scott Joplin was born sometime between July 1867 and January 1868 and raised in Texarkana, Arkansas. As a child, his mother encouraged his musical education, which led Joplin to study with German music teacher Julius Weiss. Weiss instilled the emphasis of European music forms, such as the opera and the march, on Joplin — an influence which is evident throughout his entire musical career.   Read More

New Acquisitions: Elias Nelson Conway

Old State House Museum - Monday, August 29, 2016

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Within an Inch of His Life: The Story of Maj. F.R. Earle

Old State House Museum - Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Collections Department spotlight for July highlights Major F.R. Earle, who served in the 34th Regiment of the Confederate Army during the Civil War.  Read More

“Arkansas’s Hat Lady”: The Story of Willie Oates

Old State House Museum - Thursday, June 30, 2016

In honor of Willie Oates Day earlier this month, June’s blog showcases her many hats, both literally and figuratively.   Read More

Pearl Pugsley: “Joan of Arc” of the Lipstick War

Old State House Museum - Monday, May 23, 2016

Pearl Pugsley. Old State House Museum Collection. 2016.006.01   Read More

Stories Behind the Objects: A 1910 Arkansas Democratic Primary Ballot and Governor George W. Donaghey

Old State House Museum - Thursday, March 31, 2016

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