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Thursday, January 29
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: The Union School in Arkansas
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us as Old State House Museum staff member Cris Slaymaker shares the story of Little Rock's Union School. During the American Civil War and into Reconstruction, Christian missionaries from the North took up the mantle of educating the newly freed former slaves. In Little Rock, missionaries accepted the roles of both teaching and administration for the already existing black school, the Union School. Their efforts over the next few years paved the way for the public education of African Americans in Arkansas. Cris Slaymaker joined the Old State House Museum education staff in 2012. She earned a BA in Spanish from Lyon College, and has studied in the Public History master's program at UALR. Cris has previously served on the staffs of the Old Independence Regional Museum, Arkansas History Commission, Arkansas State Parks, and Historic Arkansas Museum.

Wednesday, February 4
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Little Rock Major Taylor Cycling
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us on Wednesday, February 4, for a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture about trailblazing cyclist Major Taylor, led by Shelia Freeman McDonald. Marshall "Major" Taylor (November 26, 1878 - June 21, 1932) was the first African-American to be known as a world champion in any sport in 1899. Taylor dealt with racial discrimination to become the world record holder in many cycling events. His story is chronicled in the book "Major Taylor: The Inspiring Story of a Black Cyclist and the Men Who Helped Him Achieve Worldwide Fame", by Terry Kerber and Conrad Kerber. The discussion will be led by McDonald, a Little Rock attorney and current Membership Captain for the Little Rock, Arkansas chapter of the Major Taylor Cycling Club, known locally as the Major Taylor Rock City Riders. The Club has over 60 members.

Wednesday, February 11
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: "Opportunity on the Edge of the South: Slaves in the Wilds of Arkansas"
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

While white settlers were successful in establishing a harsh regime of slavery in Arkansas, the abundance of "wild" spaces lent opportunity outside the master's gaze. Kelly Jones leads a presentation that draws from WPA ex-slave interviews and plantation records to describe how enslaved people in Arkansas used the land around them to resist the demands of their bondage and keep up social ties.. Jones is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Central Arkansas and has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Arkansas.

Thursday, February 12
Magic Lantern Valentine's Day Program
7 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Victorian Valentine Magic-Lantern Show!
Travel back in time with the boisterous fun of America’s only Victorian magic-lantern show. An authentic 1890s visual extravaganza projected on a full-sized screen—the kind of show that led to the movies! Valentine stories, animated comedy, and songs—all dramatized on screen by a live showman and singer/pianist.

The audience participates in the fun, creating sound effects, and joining in chants and sing-alongs. ~~ For 22 years, The American Magic-Lantern Theater has delighted audiences from Lincoln Center to Singapore. “What a hoot!” says NEED. “You'll be enthralled!” says The Family Adventure Guide to Connecticut. But National Public Radio says it best: “It’s an incredible experience . . . Don’t miss them. They’re a living national treasure!” For adults and children 6+.

Friday, February 13
Second Friday Art Night: Chamber Music with Geoff Robson
5 - 6:30 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, February 18
Little Beginnings Toddler Program: Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom!
10:30 a.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

This month’s Little Beginnings program will include fun activities and a story from the children's book Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom! 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, March 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.

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
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.

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.

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

TBA

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


Thursday, April 23
Seersucker Social
6 - 9 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Date is tentative; details forthcoming.

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

TBA

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.