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Wednesday, October 8
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: “Civil War Guerrillas” The real war for Arkansas civilians
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us on Wednesday, October 8 for an interesting look at the war behind the war as Daniel E. Sutherland presents “Civil War Guerrillas - The real war for Arkansas civilians." Sutherland received his Ph.D. in history from Wayne State University in 1976. He taught at Wayne State University, Mercy College of Detroit, the University of Alabama, and McNeese State before coming to the University of Arkansas. His principal area of research is nineteenth-century America. He has written eight books and edited five others. He has published over fifty book chapters and articles in both popular magazines and scholarly journals. He has received over forty honors, awards, and research grants. Five of his books have been selected by the History Book Club.

Friday, October 10
Second Friday Cinema: The Legend of Boggy Creek
5 -8 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us for our special Halloween installment of Second Friday Cinema! This month we'll be screening the cult classic film The Legend of Boggy Creek. The film was made in Texarkana by auteur Charles B. Pierce, and is one of his most well known movies. Using a documentary style, Pierce tells the story of a community terrorized by the Fouke monster. The low-budget movie has been cited as one of the biggest influence on the Blair Witch Project and many other films. As always Ben Fry, general manager of KLRE/KUAR and coordinator of the film minor at UALR, will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening.

Tuesday, October 28
Ghosts of Arkansas Past: The 1836 Club Halloween Party
7:30 - 9:30 pm
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Join us for some spooky fun for the 1836 Club's annual Halloween party! This year's theme is "Ghosts of Arkansas Past," so dress up as your favorite ghostly character and enjoy music by Amasa Hines, an open bar and free Halloween snacks, and the always popular costume contest. All proceeds will benefit the School Bus Fund to enable school groups to visit the Old State House Museum. Tickets are $25 in advance, online at mkt.com/1836club , or $30 payable at the door. Credit cards accepted online and at the door.

Thursday, October 30, 2013
Big BOO!-seum Bash
6 - 8:30 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

From 6:00-8:30, celebrate an early Halloween with the Old State House Museum. There will be free candy and Halloween activities for all ages. This year’s theme is Day of the Dead. We’ll have several games and hands-on activities that include decorating your own sugar skull mask and making cards.

The Old State House is just one location for the Big BOO!-seum Bash; other museums in downtown Little Rock also participate including the Central High Visitors Museum, MacArthur Military Museum, Curran Hall Visitors Center, Museum of Discovery, Witt Stephens Nature Center, Historic Arkansas Museum, the downtown branch of the Central Arkansas Library System and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. The Big BOO!-seum Bash is sponsored by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Little Rock Museums Consortium.

Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9685 for more information.

Friday, October 31
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: "On the Hunt For the Texarkana Moonlight Phantom"
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

In 1946 a number of murders and assaults were committed late at night in and around Texarkana. The unknown killer was nicknamed by the press the "Moonlight Phantom." Thirty years later, Arkansas filmmaker Charles B. Pierce loosely based his film The Town That Dreaded Sundown on these incidents. For a special Halloween edition of Brown Bag Lunch Lectures, Brian Irby of the Arkansas History Commission will talk about this spooky, unsettling case that has remained unsolved for almost 70 years.

Wednesday, November 5
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Jim Johnson's Red Scare Tactics
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

November's Brown Bag Lunch Lecture is presented by Marie Williams. Arkansas Senator and state Supreme Court Justice, James D. “Jim” Johnson has been portrayed as one of the most outspoken racist politicians of Arkansas’s history. His legacy includes an Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution that gave Arkansas the right to nullify federal law. He is also remembered for being a constant thorn in the side of Governor Orval Faubus. A look at the evidence surrounding Johnson’s political career suggests that Johnson was not purely motivated by race. Johnson started the White Citizens’ Council of Arkansas in 1955 in response to the integration of the Hoxie School District. Hoxie became Johnson’s soapbox and the Citizens’ Council became his campaign vehicle. The tactics he used to fight integration in Hoxie were unlike those of other Arkansas segregationists. Instead of citing race as the reason for his campaign in Hoxie, Johnson brought the Second Red Scare to Arkansas. He appealed to a wider audience by accusing integrationists of being communists. Using primary source information, this presentation outlines the methods used by Johnson in 1955 as he started his campaign for governor. Marie Williams is currently finishing her Master's Degree in History from Arkansas Tech University. She is an Arkansas native who lives in Dover with her husband and their two children.

Friday, November 14
Second Friday Art Night: Homebrew for the Holidays
5 -8 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Taste and rate your favorite brews during Second Friday Art Night at the Old State House Museum. Homebrew for the Holidays is the long running annual showcase for the Central Arkansas Fermenters. Homebrewers from across Central Arkansas will put their work up to the test, with a contest that needs your input! Live music and refreshments will make this a can't miss event for beer lovers in the area.

Sunday, December 7
Holiday Open House
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

The traditions of joyous family holiday celebrations past can be relived at Holiday Open House. Visitors will find the Old State House colorfully decorated for the season. Fun, hands-on activities will be available to children; they can create unique holiday cards and more. Delightful carols will be performed by local music groups. Visitors will also enjoy delicious cookies and punch. Call (501) 324-9685 for more information. Admission is free.

Friday, December 12, Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14
Arkansas Chamber Singers Holiday Concert
7:00 p.m. on Fri. and Sat., 3:00 p.m.on Sun.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock
http://www.ar-chambersingers.org/holiday.htm

The Old State House Museum welcomes the Arkansas Chamber Singers performing their annual holiday concert. The group will be performing Christmas and Holiday music including works popular during the Civil War and will be performed in the acoustically rich House Chamber of the Old State House Museum for three nights. Admission is free, but seating may be limited, so reserve your seats now by going to the Arkansas Chamber Singers website, linked above.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Second Friday Cinema: End of the Line
5 -8 p.m.
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

January's installment of Second Friday Cinema features End of the Line, a movie directed by Arkansan Jay Russell and featuring Arkansans Mary Steenburgen and Levon Helm. The film is about two rail workers from Little Rock who hop aboard a train to Chicago in a last ditch effort to save their jobs and way of life. Ben Fry, general manager of KLRE/KUAR and coordinator of the film minor at UALR, will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening.

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Local Hero: Captain Robert Sanders Burke, Home Guard Commander
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

January's Brown Bag Lunch Lecture is presented by Richard Hartness and is the story of a south-central Arkansas farmer/surveyor, turned citizen-soldier, elected by his neighbors to lead them in their defensive quest to save their homes and farms from the ravages of enemy invasion. During the Civil War, Robert Sanders Burke was elected Captain of a group of Montgomery County mounted volunteers, initially called “Burke’s Company,” and by war’s end was mustered into Confederate service as Company “B.” Newton’s group, like many others, was composed primarily of boys too young for conscription and older men, who may have served on other units before joining local “home guard” militias. Richard Hartness is the president of the Cross County Historical Society and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University, where he is researching information on the first tenured Black professors in Arkansas's colleges and universities. In February 2013, Hartness was honored by the Cross County Chamber of Commerce as their "Distinguished Citizen of the Year, 2012."

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

Great Music of the Civil War Era by Verdi, Brahms and Stephen Foster including music and lyrics written during and about the Civil War.