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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.”

1:00 pm Introduction
1:15 pm Speaker - Tom DeBlack, End of the war
2:00 pm Speaker - Angela Walton-Raji, Emancipation
2:4 5pm Break
3:00 pm Speaker - Carl Moneyhon, Reconstruction
3:45 pm Q & A/Wrap-up
4:15 pm Program Ends

Bio Information:


Tom DeBlack: End of the war
Thomas DeBlack is a professor of history at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. He is a 1969 graduate of Nashville (Arkansas) High School and holds a B. A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (1973), an M.S.E. from Ouachita Baptist University (1979), and a PhD from the University of Arkansas (1995). Tom taught in the public schools in Arkansas for twelve years. He is a past president of the Arkansas Historical Association and the Arkansas Association of College History Teachers and currently serves on the board of the Arkansas Humanities Council.He is co-author Arkansas: A Narrative History (University of Arkansas Press, 2002; 2nd edition, 2013 ), and author of With Fire and Sword: Arkansas 1861-1874 (University of Arkansas Press, 2003). In 2003 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. Tom is currently working on a book on Lakeport Plantation in Chicot County and on a centennial history of Arkansas Tech University. He lives in Conway with his wife Susan, an optometrist, and their eleven-year-old daughter, Susannah.

Angela Walton-Raji: Emancipation
Angela Walton-Raji is a genealogist and researcher specializing in the Freedmen of Indian Territory. She is the author of Black Indian Genealogy Research, African Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes and the co-publisher of VOICES of Indian Territory a scholarly journal with focus on the historical documents pertaining to the Freedmen of the Five Tribes. She has spoken at a number of national conferences and institutes throughout the nation. A native of western Arkansas, Ms. Walton-Raji earned a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages from St. Louis University and a master’s degree from Antioch University. She works at the University of Maryland Baltimore County as Director of Graduate Recruitment, and continues to study, research and lecture on the history of Indian Territory Freedmen.

Carl Moneyhon: Reconstruction
Dr. Moneyhon joined University of Arkansas-Little Rock faculty in 1973 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is faculty liaison with the University History Institute, an organization that develops closer ties between the department and the community. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly and the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. He was won the UALR Faculty Excellent Award for Research and the UALR Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching. Dr. Moneyhon is a specialist in the history of the American Civil War and the South and is widely published in the field. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he recently received one of the first College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Summer Fellowships for Research. He is a Fellow of the Texas Historical Association.

Saturday, April 18
Arguments For Freedom Living History Event
11 a.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us for "Arguments For Freedom," a living history program at the Old State House Museum on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Living History Interpreters will reenact the ratification of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in the United States. Learn about the reasons Arkansas ratified the 13th Amendment and the concerns the political leaders faced at the end of the Civil War. Arrive early to meet the statesmen and find out their views on this topic.

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.