April Arkansas Civil War 150 Events Include 'Let Freedom Ring!'

30-Mar-2015

For Immediate Release -- April 30, 2015

ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL EVENTS FOR APRIL 2015 ANNOUNCED

LITTLE ROCK—Celebrations of the passage of the 13th Amendment, lectures and exhibits are among the April 2015 activities the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial activities, as well as additional information on the activities listed below, can be found at http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.

The ACWSC will sponsor “Let Freedom Ring!” on April 14, when Governor Asa Hutchinson will ring a bell 13 times at 1 p.m. (1300 hours) on the steps of the State Capitol in Little Rock to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Arkansas’s passage of the 13th Amendment, which brought the country one step closer to the abolition of slavery. Bell-ringing events will be held simultaneously at locations all across Arkansas. See http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/let-freedom-ring/let-freedom-ring-home for more information.

Other Civil War sesquicentennial events during April include:

* Confederate History Day, featuring re-enactors and activities throughout the day, will be held at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park on April 4; call (479) 846-2990 or email prairiegrove@arkansas.com for more information.

* The Conflict Concludes, a living history event commemorating the closing days of the Civil War, will be held at Fort Smith National Historic Site on April 4; call (479) 226-3727 or email cody_faber@nps.gov for more information.

* Confederate Heritage/Flag/Memorial Day will be held at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock on April 4; call (870) 926-2985 or email danny@honnoll.com for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be at the Museum of Regional History at Texarkana April 6-19; call (903) 793-4831 or email information@texarkanamuseums.org for more information.

* Arkansas Historical Association 74th Annual Conference, with the theme “To Bind Up A Nation’s Wounds” and numerous Civil War sessions, will be held April 9-11 at West Memphis; call (479) 575-8445 or email dludlow@uark.edu for additional information.

* Wartime Cooking, a program on the resourcefulness of Civil War cooks with short rations, will be held at Bull Shoals-White River State Park on April 11; call (870) 445-3629 or email bullshoalswhiteriver@arkansas.com for more information.

* Weapons on the Riverbank, a program on the weapons used by Confederate soldiers, will be held at Jacksonport State Park on April 11; call (870) 523-2143 or email jacksonport@arkansas.com for more information.

* “Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” the Arkansas History Commission’s traveling exhibit, will be at the College of the Ouachitas in Malvern through April 14; call (501) 332-0208 or email mharper@coto.edu for more information.

* Grand Prairie Civil War Round Table will feature Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial speaking on the 9th Wisconsin Infantry at the Lonoke County Museum in Lonoke on April 14; call (501) 676-6750 or email misslata@sbcglobal.net for additional information.

* Historic Powhatan School of the Lady, a training program for living historians portraying nineteenth-century women, will be held at Powhatan Historic State Park April 17-19; call (870) 878-0032 or email powhatan@arkansas.com for more information.

* Passing the 13th Amendment, a living history event commemorating Arkansas’s passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, will be held at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock on April 18; call (501) 324-9685 or email Georganne@arkansasheritage.org for more information.

* Fort Lincoln Wild Game Heritage Dinner will be held in DeValls Bluff on April 18; call (501) 944-5414 or email carnold@quinstreet.com for more information.

* “Emancipation and Reconstruction,” a seminar featuring Dr. Tom DeBlack, Angela Walton-Raji and Dr. Carl Moneyhon, will be held at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock on April 18; call (501) 324-9685 or email Georganne@arkansasheritage.org for more information.

* “Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” the Arkansas History Commission’s traveling exhibit, will be at Powhatan Historic State Park from April 21 to May 3; call (870) 878-0032 or email powhatan@arkansas.com for more information.

* 150th Anniversary of the Sultana Disaster, a series of events and tours with the Sultana Historical Preservation Society, will be held April 23-25 in Marion; call (870) 739-6041 or email normanvckrs@yahoo.com for more information.

* Henry Morris House Historical Marker Dedication, sponsored by the White County Historical Society, will be held April 25 in Bradford; call (501) 454-1901 or email sbakridge@gmail.com for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be at the Randolph County Heritage Museum in Pocahontas from April 27 to May 10; call (870) 892-4056 or email kpmuseum@hotmail.com for more information.

* Civil War Round Table of Arkansas will feature Steve Purdue of the Saline County Library speaking on Confederate General James Fagan and Saline County when it meets at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock on April 28; email brianb1578@aol.com for more information.

* Des Arc Rangers: Co. B, 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles, an exhibit on a Confederate unit raised in the area, will continue at Lower White River Museum State Park at Des Arc during April; call (870) 256-3711 or email lowerwhiterivermuseum@arkansas.com for more information.

* “‘Freedom! Oh, Freedom’: Arkansas’s People of African Descent and the Civil War, 1861-1866” will continue at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock during April; call (501) 683-3593 or email info@mosaictemplarscenter.com for more information.

* War on the Water: Gunboats on the White River, an exhibit at Lower White River State Park in Des Arc, will continue during April; call (870) 256-3711 or email lowerwhiterivermuseum@arkansas.com for more information.

For more information on these and other sesquicentennial events, visit http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is housed within the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.


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