May 2015 Arkansas Civil War 105 Events Announced

28-Apr-2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –APRIL 28, 2015

FOR STATEWIDE RELEASE

ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL EVENTS FOR MAY 2015 ANNOUNCED

LITTLE ROCK—Re-enactments of battles at Chalk Bluff and Marks’ Mills, lectures and exhibits are among the May 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 May include:

* Conway County Historical Marker Dedication for a marker commemorating Conway County in the Civil War and the murder of John Clayton will be held at the Plumerville Cemetery in Plumerville on May 1; call (501) 208-2882 or email wcplummer@tcworks.net for more information.

* Lyon College Concert Chorale and Batesville Choral Society program summarizing the Civil War with music will be held May 1 at Lyon Brown Chapel in Batesville; call (870) 698-1061 or email georgeelankford@gmail.com for more information.

* Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest, featuring living history, music and tours, will be held May 2 in DeValls Bluff; call (870) 998-2005 or email carnold@quinstreet.com for more information.

* 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Chalk Bluff, a living history event and re-enactment, will be held at Chalk Bluff Natural Area near St. Francis May 2-3; call (870) 926-2985 or email danny@honnoll.com for more information.

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

* Discovery Days: How the Civil War Shaped Central Arkansas, featuring interpretation of the role local plants played in the Civil War, will be held at Pinnacle Mountain State Park on May 7-8 and on May 14-15; call (501) 868-5806 or email pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com for more information.

* Fulton County Civil War Marker Dedication, commemorating the action at Salem and other Civil War events, will be held May 9 at Mammoth Spring State Park; call (870) 625-7382 or email mammothspring@arkansas.com for more information.

* Melodies Along the River, a program focusing on Civil War musical traditions, will be held May 9 at Jacksonport State Park; call (870) 523-2143 or email jacksonport@arkansas.com for more information.

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

* “Long Road to the Sultana,” a program by Dr. Nancy Hendricks on the worst maritime disaster in Arkansas history, will be held May 11 at the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library in Benton; call (501) 778-4766 for additional information.

* Grand Prairie Civil War Round Table will feature Brian Brown speaking on “The Red River Campaign: Side Show to Steele’s Camden Expedition” at the Lonoke County Museum in Lonoke on May 12; call (501) 676-6750 or email misslata@sbcglobal.net for additional information.

* 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Mark’s Mills, featuring camp and battle re-enactments and dances, will be held May 15-17 in Fordyce; call (870) 313-2717 or email richardledbetter55@gmail.com for more information.

* Boats and Bayonets on the Black River, featuring interpretation of the Civil War in northeast Arkansas and a cannon-firing demonstration, will be held at Davidsonville Historic State Park near Pocahontas on May 16; call (870) 892-4708 or email Davidsonville@arkansas.com for more information.

* Civil War Collections, a display and discussion of Civil War artifacts, will be held at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park on May 17; call (479) 846-2990 or email prairiegrove@arkansas.com for more information.

* Civil War Roundtable of the Delta will feature Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission and Dr. John House of the Arkansas Archeological Survey speaking on the recovery of Confederate remains from the Battle of Helena when it meets at Beth El Heritage Hall in Helena-West Helena on May 18; email armedic73@hotmail.com for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be at the Alpena City Courthouse from May 18-31; call (870) 437-2272 for more information.

* Civil War Days in Fort Smith and the Sutton Mansion, featuring four presentations on Fort Smith in the Civil War, will be held May 23 at the Clayton House in Fort Smith; call (479) 783-3000 or email claytonhouse@claytonhouse.org for more information.

* Heart and Soul on Paper: Last Words and Letters of Confederate Soldiers, a program focusing on Civil War letters from dying soldiers, will be held May 23 at Jacksonport State Park; call (870) 523-2143 or email jacksonport@arkansas.com for more information.

* Holcomb’s Springs Historical Marker Dedication of a marker commemorating the Springdale area in the Civil War will be held near the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale on May 23; email alord@springdalear.gov for more information.

* Cannon-Firing Demonstration will be held at Lake Charles State Park at Powhatan on May 24; call (870) 878-6595 or email lakecharles@arkansas.com for additional information.

* Civil War Round Table of Arkansas will feature a Civil War program with Vernon Dutton when it meets at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock on May 26; email brianb1578@aol.com for more information.

* Stone County Civil War Markers Dedication of several markers about Stone County in the Civil War will be held May 26 at the Stone County Courthouse in Mountain View; call (870) 269-4361 for additional information.

* Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, featuring Rebecca Howard of the University of Arkansas speaking on “From War to Reconstruction” will be held on May 28 at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock; call (501) 324-9685 or email info@oldstatehouse.org 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 May; 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 May; 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 May; 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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