Old State House Museum seeks donation of Arkansas governors’ items, memorabilia

Old State House Museum - Monday, January 14, 2019

The Old State House Museum (OSHM) is seeking donations of items and memorabilia related to Arkansas governors.

OSHM, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH), is gathering the items for consideration to be included in its Governors Gallery, an exhibit exploring the lives of Arkansas’s governors past and present.

“This will be a redesign of our existing Governors Gallery, which has been a mainstay of the museum’s exhibits for more than 10 years,” OSHM Director Bill Gatewood said. “Our exhibits and curatorial staff has been hard at work to create a modern, new look at the lives of Arkansas’s governors.”

Items of particular interest are those that an Arkansas governor possessed, acquired or used while in office.

The new gallery will incorporate interactive elements as visitors explore the work of Arkansas’s governors during and after their time in office.

Renovation of the Governors Gallery is expected to be completed in summer 2019. This project follows the renovation and reopening of the First Ladies of Arkansas exhibit in September.

“As the original state capitol of Arkansas, the Old State House Museum holds an important role in the preservation of our state’s political history,” Stacy Hurst, DAH director, said. “Updating our Governors Gallery will help the museum continue to tell these important stories for years to come.”

Persons interested in donating or loaning items to the museum should contact OSHM Curator Jo Ellen Maack at [email protected] or 501-324-8637.

The Old State House Museum is a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and shares the goal of all eight Department of Arkansas Heritage agencies, that of preserving and enhancing the heritage of the state of Arkansas. The agencies are Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and the Old State House Museum.