July Arkansas Civil War 150 Events Announced

30-Jun-2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –JUNE 30, 2015

FOR STATEWIDE RELEASE

JULY ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR 150 EVENTS ANNOUNCED

LITTLE ROCK—Artillery demonstrations, lectures and exhibits are among the July 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/.

Civil War sesquicentennial events during June include:

* “The Surrender at Jacksonport,” an event featuring a re-enactment of the farewell speech of Confederate General M. Jeff Thompson, will be held July 4 at Jacksonport State Park; call (870) 523-2143 or email jacksonport@arkansas.com for more information.

* Cannon Firing Demonstration will be held at Lake Charles State Park on July 5; call (870) 878-6595 or email lakecharles@arkansas.com for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be at the Texarkana Welcome Center July 6-19; call (870) 777-4301 or email melissa.a.adams@arkansas.gov for more information.

* Grand Prairie Civil War Round Table will feature Wesley Cole speaking on Civil War embalming at the Lonoke County Museum in Lonoke on July 14; call (501) 676-6750 or email misslata@sbcglobal.net for additional information.

* “Arkansas’s Civil War Comes to an End: The View from 150 Years Later,” featuring Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, will be held at the Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville on July 19; call (870) 698-1061 or email georgeelankford@gmail.com for more information.

* “The World Turned Upside Down,” the 9th annual Red River Heritage Symposium, will be held July 25 at Historic Washington State Park; call (870) 983-2684 or email HistoricWashington@arkansas.com for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be at the Cross County Library in Wynne July 27 to August 9; call (870) 238-3850 or email jpaul@crosscountylibrary.org for more information.

* Civil War Round Table of Arkansas will feature Brian Brown speaking on “The Red River Campaign: Sideshow to Steele’s Camden Expedition” when it meets at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock on July 28; email brianb1578@aol.com for more information.

* Lakeport Legacies will feature Dr. Blake Wintory speaking on “Annie Reeves’ Chicot County Civil War Diary, 1861-1863” at Lakeport Plantation at Lake Village on July 30; call (870) 265-6031 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 July; 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 July; 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 Museum State Park in Des Arc, will continue during July; 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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