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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 ... Read More

Holiday Greetings from Arkansas's First Families

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

With the arrival of the holiday season, the Old State House Museum’s collection staff would like to highlight a selection of greeting cards sent out by the governors of Arkansas a ... Read More

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 p ... Read More

"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 ... 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  ... Read More

New Acquisitions: Elias Nelson Conway

Old State House Museum - Monday, August 29, 2016

Elias Nelson Conway was born on May 17, 1812, in Greeneville, Tennessee, to Thomas Conway, a planter, and Ann Rector. He spent most of his childhood in Missouri and received his formal ... Read More

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. Fontaine Richard Earle was born January ... 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. Will Etta Long (Willie) Oates was born on January 14, 1918, in Arkansas  ... Read More

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

Old State House Museum - Monday, May 23, 2016

This month's post came to us as the museum's Collections staff researched the fascinating story of Pearl Pugsley, whose photo (seen at right) was recently purchased for the Old State House M ... 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

Our collections spotlight this month highlights an official ballot from the Democratic primary in Sebastian County on March 30, 1910. In this election, incumbent Arkansas Governo ... Read More