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April 23, 2014
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Racial Atrocities During the Camden Expedition
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Maj. Gen. Frederick Steele led a Union army into southwest Arkansas in the spring of 1864 to join another army in Louisiana and invade Texas. He never made it past Camden and barely made it back to Little Rock. The Camden Expedition was marred by racial atrocities on both sides during fighting at Poison Spring, Marks’ Mills and Jenkins’ Ferry. This program will present evidence of the atrocities from accounts by both Union and Confederate soldiers.

Mark Christ is an award-winning author and community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. He is a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council and is a member of the board of trustees of the Arkansas Historical Association.

April 24, 2014
Third Annual Seersucker Social
6:00 PM
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

The 1836 Club presents the third annual Seersucker Social, a springtime tradition at the Old State House Museum. Wear your seersucker (if you like) and join us on the lawn of the Old State House Museum for croquet, mint juleps and live rhythm and blues. Sponsored by Colonial Wines and Spirits and The Independent.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

Proceeds support the 1836 Club, a 501(c)3 that benefits the Old State House Museum.



April 30, 2014
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture:The Battle of Jenkins' Ferry
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

The Camden Expedition's Jenkins' Ferry battle comes alive with events and pictures of today's battlefield locations of the battle on April 29 and 30, 1864, as General Steele's retreat from Camden was caught by the Confederates at the Saline River. Join us as stories and struggles of the personalities involved are shared marking the exact Sesquicentennial moments of the battle.

Roy Wilson is the author of "Sherdian and Grant County" and an award-winning educator.

May 7, 2014
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture: Arkansas’s Home Demonstration Clubs: Our History of Food through Gardening, Canning, and Reaching Out to Desperate Communities
Noon
Old State House Museum, Little Rock

Elizabeth Griffin Hil will discuss women’s vital contributions to their communities during two world wars and the agricultural depression from 1920 through the 1930s. She will emphasize the primitive beginnings of the school lunch program in Arkansas.

Elizabeth Griffin Hill is the author of A Splendid Piece of Work 1912 – 2012: One Hundred Years of Arkansas’s Home Demonstration and Extension Homemakers Club. From February 22 through May 6, 2014, Elizabeth and her husband Richard will speak at the Arkansas Living History and Arkansas Historical Association state conferences; Baxter, Boone, and Crawford County historical society meetings; and Montgomery and Fulton County Extension Homemakers Council meetings.

May 10, 2014
"Different Spokes" Family Day

Old State House Museum , Little Rock

To celebrate the opening of “Different Spokes,” our newest exhibit on the history of bicycles in Arkansas, we’ll be hosting the Arkansas Bike/Walk Summit and a day full of hands-on, family-friendly activities. Visitors will be able to view galleries of artifacts, historical pictures and video to learn the history of bicycles.

May 21, 2014
Little Beginnings Toddler Program
10:30 am
Old State House Museum , Little Rock

This month’s Little Beginnings Toddler program will be about bicycles. The Little Beginnings Toddler Program is for children ages 2 through 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. Call (501) 324-9685 for more information.

June 18, 2014
Little Beginnings Toddler Program
10:30 am
Old State House Museum , Little Rock

This month’s Little Beginnings Toddler program will be about dinosaurs. The Little Beginnings Toddler Program is for children ages 2 through 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. Call (501) 324-9685 for more information.