Noted Civil War historian to speak Oct. 18 at Old State House Museum Associates Annual Supper

Old State House Museum - Monday, September 24, 2018

Join National Parks Historian Emeritus Edwin Bearss at the Old State House Museum (OSHM) on Oct. 18 for a special presentation on Confederate Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne, who was known as “the Stonewall Jackson of the West.”

Bearss will speak at the Old State House Museum Associates (OSHMA) Annual Supper, a fundraising event in support of OSHM. The event will be 6-9 p.m. Oct. 18 and will begin with a reception on the front lawn of the museum, 300 W. Markham in Little Rock, followed by supper and program in the museum’s historic 1885 House of Representatives Chamber.Seating will be limited.Tickets are $125 per person and early purchase of tickets is encouraged.

During the program, Bearss will cover the life of Patrick Cleburne, an Irishman who migrated to the United States and settled in Helena. He would go on to become a decorated Confederate major general before falling in combat in 1864.

Honored by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of “35 Who Made a Difference,” Bearss is a World War II veteran who has written prolifically on Civil War events and places.He is a noted Civil War battlefield tour guide and has served as a commentator on the PBS Ken Burns “Civil War” series and other television documentaries.

To purchase tickets or for further information on this event, contact Sammye Johnston, OSHMA executive director, at 501-664-1879 or visit

The Annual Supper is hosted by OSHMA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Old State House Museum and its programs. Funds raised by OSHMA support the programs and exhibits of the Old State House Museum, such as the School Bus Fund, Pillars of Power exhibit and the First Ladies Gown Exhibit.