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Sunday, March 8
Lights! Camera! Arkansas! book signing with Robert Cochran and Suzanne McCray
2 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

The authors of a new book that explores the legacy of Arkansas on film will be center-stage for a panel and book-signing at the Old State House Museum. On Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m., Robert Cochran and Suzanne McCray will be discussing their new book, “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!” on a panel hosted by Ben Fry, general manager of KUAR and host of Second Friday Cinema. “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!” traces the roles played by Arkansans in the first century of Hollywood’s film industry, from the first cowboy star, Broncho Billy Anderson, to Mary Steenburgen, Billy Bob Thornton and many others. The Arkansas landscape also plays a starring role: North Little Rock’s cameo in Gone with the Wind, Crittenden County as a setting for Hallelujah (1929), and various locations in the state’s southeastern quadrant in 2012’s Mud are all given fascinating exploration. Cochran and McCray screened close to two hundred films—from laughable box-office bombs to laudable examples of filmmaking – in their research for this book. They’ve enhanced their spirited chronological narrative with an appendix on documentary films, a ratings section and illustrations chosen by Jo Ellen Maack of the Old State House Museum, where “Lights! Camera! Arkansas!” debuted as an exhibit curated by the authors in 2013. That exhibit will close on July 31, 2015.

March 13, 14, 15, 2015
Arkansas Chamber Singers Spring Concert
7:00 p.m. on Fri. and Sat., 3:00 p.m.on Sun.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us for the Arkansas Chamber Singers' third concert of the season, "Music of the Civil War Era." Choral music composed during, performed during, or inspired by the American Civil War featuring music by Verdi, Brahms, Stephen Foster and many Civil War tunes arranged for choir. We bid farewell to our commemoration of this cataclysmic event with a tribute to the men and women who created meaningful beauty during a trying time. Admission is free, reserve your seat today by visiting the Arkansas Chamber Singers Web site.

Wednesday, March 18
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Civil War Archeology
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

The talk will focus on recent Civil War archeology in Arkansas, including the battlefield at Wallace’s Ferry, near Helena-West Helena, fortifications at Camden, and civilians along the Red River. Dr. Drexler is a historical archeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey, specializing in the archeology of the Civil War.

Wednesday, March 18
Little Beginnings Toddler Program: Lights! Camera! Arkansas!
10:30 a.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

This month’s Little Beginnings program will include fun activities related to our popular exhibit, Lights! Camera! Arkansas! Programs are for children ages 2 - 4 accompanied by a parent. Each month the class highlights a different topic and promotes learning through hands-on activities, music making, movement and storytelling. Admission is free; no day care or school groups please.

Friday, April 10
Second Friday Art Night
5 - 8 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join violinist Geoff Robson and cellist Felice Farrell for a performance of works for solo strings by J.S. Bach. The performance will begin at 5:00 and last until 6:30. The museum will remain open until 8:00. This is a casual event and guests are welcome to drop in and seat themselves after the music has started.

Wednesday, April 15
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: "Fulbright's Balancing Act: How Domestic and International Politics Converged in 1959"
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us for a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture on Wednesday, April 15, where Micah Roberts presents "Fulbright's Balancing Act: How Domestic and International Politics Converged in 1959." Senator William Fulbright's 1959 "Face the Nation" interview is used to assess how the Arkansas senator prioritized the Civil Rights agenda in Arkansas with his ambitions as a Cold War statesman. Response letters from Arkansans following the interview and also used to assess the importance of domestic vs. international politics for Arkansans. Micah Roberts is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas where he studies United States foreign relations and politics during the Cold War, with special attention devoted to the Eisenhower-Khrushchev relationship and their use of personal and public diplomacy.

Wednesday, April 15
Little Beginnings Toddler Program: Earth Day
10:30 a.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

This month’s Little Beginnings program will include fun activities and a story about Earth Day. Programs are for children ages 2 - 4 accompanied by a parent. Each month the class highlights a different topic and promotes learning through hands-on activities, music making, movement and storytelling. Admission is free; no day care or school groups please.

Saturday, April 18
Civil War 150: Emancipation and Reconstruction Seminar
1 - 5 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

As part of its celebration of the passage of the 13th Amendment in Arkansas, the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will hold a mini-seminar on the afternoon of Saturday, April 18, following a living history program that morning that will focus on the amendment’s passage by the Arkansas legislature. The seminar’s topic will be “Emancipation and Reconstruction.”

Speakers & Topics:


Tom DeBlack: End of the war
Angela Walton-Raji: Emancipation
Carl Moneyhon: Reconstruction


Tuesday, April 28
Seersucker Social
6 - 9 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock
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The Fourth Annual Seersucker Social, April 28, is sponsored by Little Rock Soiree. The Seersucker Social is the signature event of the Old State House 1836 Club. This year, all proceeds will benefit the School Bus Fund to bring K-12 students from all over Arkansas to the Old State House Museum. Tickets are $40. 21+ only. For more information, contact brooke@arkansasheritage.org

Wednesday, April 29
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Bikes
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us at noon for the latest installment of our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series.

Thursday, May 7
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture:Sultana Disaster
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us at noon for the latest installment of our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series.

Friday, May 8
Second Friday Art Night
5 - 8 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

TBA

Wednesday, May 20
Little Beginnings Toddler Program: Bicycles!
10:30 a.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

This month’s Little Beginnings program will include fun activities and a story about bicycles. Programs are for children ages 2 - 4 accompanied by a parent. Each month the class highlights a different topic and promotes learning through hands-on activities, music making, movement and storytelling. Admission is free; no day care or school groups please.

Thursday, May 28
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: From War to Reconstruction
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us at noon for the latest installment of our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series.

Tuesday, June 2
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: End of the War
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us at noon for the latest installment of our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series.

Monday, June 10
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Andrew Jackson and Arkansas
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us at noon for the latest installment of our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series.

Friday, June 12
Second Friday Art Night
5 - 8 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join Geoffrey Robson and Bonnie Montgomery for live music to kick off our celebration of 179 years of Statehood. 5-8 pm.

Saturday, June 13
Arkansas Statehood Celebration
All Day
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Celebrate 179 years of Arkansas Statehood at the Old State House Museum.

Wednesday, June 17
Little Beginnings Toddler Program: Architecture at the Old State House
10:30 a.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

This month’s Little Beginnings program will include fun activities about architecture and the Old State House. Programs are for children ages 2 - 4 accompanied by a parent. Each month the class highlights a different topic and promotes learning through hands-on activities, music making, movement and storytelling. Admission is free; no day care or school groups please.

Wednesday, July 8
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Washington, Arkansas
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us at noon for the latest installment of our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series.

Wednesday, July 15
Little Beginnings Toddler Program: The Arkansas Traveler
10:30 a.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

This month’s Little Beginnings program will include fun activities and the story of The Arkansas Traveler. Programs are for children ages 2 - 4 accompanied by a parent. Each month the class highlights a different topic and promotes learning through hands-on activities, music making, movement and storytelling. Admission is free; no day care or school groups please.

Wednesday, July 29
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: From Teddy Roosevelt to Franklin Roosevelt: The Quest for a Municipal Auditorium in Little Rock.
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us at noon for the latest installment of our Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series.

Wednesday, August 12
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Women in Bicycling
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

The bicycle was one of many factors that helped open the world to women in the 1890's and early 1900's. From changes in clothing styles to increased mobility, the advent of the bicycle marked a turning point in the social life of women around the nation and at home in Arkansas. Misty Murphy is the regional trails coordinator for the Northwest Arkansas. A native of small-town Arkansas, she loves local history and keeping alive the traditions unique to the state.