Calendar of Events

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will sanction suitable events and activities throughout Arkansas during the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, 2011-2015. During the time leading up to the sesquicentennial, the ACWSC website will include a calendar of Civil War-related events taking place around the state.

If you have an event you would like included in the ACWSC calendar of events, please fill out the logo-use form below. Questions? Send an e-mail to acwsc@arkansasheritage.org.

Logo Use Request

The Commission has established procedures under which activities to be held between 2011 and 2015 will be permitted to display the Commission logo as officially sanctioned Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Events. Please click here for a copy of the ACWSC logo use request form and here for a copy of the ACWS logo use procedures guidelines. The ACWSC logo is a registered trademark and can be used only with the written permission of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Events that have received permission to use the ACWSC logo are marked with the Commission logo on the list below.

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Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Tom Ezell , January 27, 2015
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
brianb1578@aol.com

 
The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.
 
The topic will be: Free Masons in the Civil War.



Officially Sanctioned EventACWSC Commission Meeting, January 28, 2015
CONTACT:
ACWSC
503 East 9th Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
Ph: 501-324-9880
angela@arkansasheritage.org

The next Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 28, in the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock. The meeting is free and open to
the public.




Officially Sanctioned EventOld State House Museum presents: Brown Bag Lecture Series, January 29, 2015
CONTACT:
Old State House Museum
300 W Markham St
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: (501) 324-9685
http://www.oldstatehouse.com/
info@oldstatehouse.org

This event begins at noon. It is free and open to the public.  Drinks will be provided. 

The Union School in Arkansas

Join us as Old State House Museum staff member Cris Slaymaker shares the story of Little Rock's Union School. During the American Civil War and into Reconstruction, Christian missionaries from the North took up the mantle of
educating the newly freed former slaves. In Little Rock, missionaries accepted the roles of both teaching and administration for the already existing black school, the Union School. Their efforts over the next few years paved the way
for the public education of African Americans in Arkansas. Cris Slaymaker joined the Old State House Museum education staff in 2012. She earned a BA in Spanish from Lyon College, and has studied in the Public History master's program at UALR. Cris has previously served on the staffs of the Old Independence Regional Museum, Arkansas History Commission, Arkansas State
Parks, and Historic Arkansas Museum. 



Officially Sanctioned EventThe Whipping Man Talk-Back Series, January 29, 2015
CONTACT:
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
601 Main St.
Little Rock, AR 72203
Ph: 501-378-0405
TheRep.org

The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 9:30 p.m. immediately following The Whipping Man performance.

These post-show discussions in the Foster’s lounge of Arkansas Repertory Theatre will explore the themes present in The Whipping Man, a post-Civil War drama taking The Rep stage from
Jan. 23-Feb. 8. An extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance,The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez opened off-Broadway in 2011 to critical acclaim, winning the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the NY Outer Critics Circle and becoming one of the most produced plays in the country.


On Passover, 1865, the Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. One of these homes sits in ruins. As Jewish confederate officer Caleb DeLeon returns from the war, badly wounded, to find his family missing and only two former slaves remaining,
Simon and John, the two men are forced to care for him. 

As Caleb, Simon and John wait for the family's return, they wrestle with their shared past as master and slave, digging up long-buried family secrets as well as new ones. With Passover upon them, the three men
unite to celebrate the holiday, even as they struggle to comprehend their new relationships at a crossroads of personal and national history and to come to terms with the sordid legacies of slavery and war that threaten each of their future freedoms.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Substitutions: Making Something from Nothing, January 31, 2015
CONTACT:
Jacksonport State Park
Ark. 69 in Jacksonport (3 miles N of Newport)
Jacksonport, AR 72112
Ph: 870-523-2143
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/jacksonport/
jacksonport@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public.  It will begin at 2pm.
 
As the American Civil War progressed, shipments on the White River were blocked causing supplies of food and medicine to run low. Join a park interpreter for a program detailing some of the unconventional and ingenious ways in which Delta residents used what they had to survive.



Officially Sanctioned EventSouth Arkansas Historical Preservation Society presents: Mark Christ, February 2, 2015
CONTACT:
South Arkansas Historical Preservation Society
510 North Jackson Avenue
El Dorado, AR 71730
Ph: 870-862-9890
info@soarkhistory.com

This event is free and open to the public.
 
The event will begin at 5:15 pm.
 
Mark Christ will lecture on Jacob Haas, a Union soldier who served in the Camden Expedition in 1864.
 
Speaker Mark Christ is Community Outreach Director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. He is a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council, and is a member of the board of trustees of the Arkansas Historical Association. Christ was named a 2013 recipient of the Civil War Trust's State Preservation Leadership Award, and Christ’s most recent nonfiction book “Civil War Arkansas 1863” was selected as the winner of the 2013 Worthen Prize, awarded by the Central Arkansas Library System.



Officially Sanctioned EventThe Whipping Man Talk-Back Series, February 5, 2015
CONTACT:
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
601 Main St.
Little Rock, AR 72203
Ph: 501-378-0405
TheRep.org

The event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 9:30 p.m. immediately following The Whipping Man performance.

These post-show discussions in the Foster’s lounge of Arkansas Repertory Theatre will explore the themes present in The Whipping Man, a post-Civil War drama taking The Rep stage from
Jan. 23-Feb. 8. An extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance,The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez opened off-Broadway in 2011 to critical acclaim, winning the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the NY Outer Critics Circle and becoming one of the most produced plays in the country.


On Passover, 1865, the Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. One of these homes sits in ruins. As Jewish confederate officer Caleb DeLeon returns from the war, badly wounded, to find his family missing and only two former slaves remaining,
Simon and John, the two men are forced to care for him. 


As Caleb, Simon and John wait for the family's return, they wrestle with their shared past as master and slave, digging up long-buried family secrets as well as new ones. With Passover upon them, the three men
unite to celebrate the holiday, even as they struggle to comprehend their new relationships at a crossroads of personal and national history and to come to terms with the sordid legacies of slavery and war that threaten each of their future freedoms.



Officially Sanctioned EventWhite County Civil War Roundtable presents: Mark Christ, February 5, 2015
CONTACT:
White County Civil War Roundtable
801 Benton Avenue
Searcy, AR 72143
Ph: 501-593-3020
larry.binz@gmail.com

This event is free and open to the public.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Harding Place meeting room in Searcy.

The topic of the lecture will be “This Day We Marched Again”: Jacob Haas and the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi.
 
Speaker Mark Christ is Community Outreach Director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. He is a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council, and is a member of the board of trustees of the Arkansas Historical Association. Christ was named a 2013 recipient of the Civil War Trust's State Preservation Leadership Award, and Christ’s nonfiction book “Civil War Arkansas 1863” was selected as the winner of the 2013 Worthen Prize, awarded by the Central Arkansas Library System.
 
 
 

 



Officially Sanctioned EventArkansas Repertory Theatre presents: The Whipping Man, January 21, 2015 - February 8, 2015
CONTACT:
Arkansas Repertory Theatre
601 Main St
Little Rock, AR 72203
Ph: 501-378-0445
http://www.therep.org/
ljames@therep.org

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday Evenings at 7:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday Matinee Performances at 2:00 p.m.
January 21, 2015 - February 08, 2015

The Whipping Man

Written by Matthew Lopez

 An extraordinary tale of loyalty, deceit and deliverance, The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez opened off-Broadway in 2011 to critical acclaim, winning the 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the NY Outer Critics Circle and becoming one of the most produced plays in the country.
 
On Passover, 1865, the Civil War has just ended and the annual celebration of freedom from bondage is being observed in Jewish homes across the country. One of these homes sits in ruins. As Jewish confederate officer Caleb DeLeon returns from the war, badly wounded, to find his family missing and only two former slaves remaining, Simon and John, the two men are forced to care for him. 

As Caleb, Simon and John wait for the family's return, they wrestle with their shared past as master and slave, digging up long-buried family secrets as well as new ones. With Passover upon them, the three men unite to celebrate the holiday, even as they struggle to comprehend their new relationships at a crossroads of personal and national history and to come to terms with the sordid legacies of slavery and war that threaten each of their future freedoms.
 
Tickets can be purchased at The Rep's official site:



Officially Sanctioned EventWar on the Water: Gunboats on the White River Exhibit Opening, February 8, 2015
CONTACT:
Lower White River Museum State Park
2009 Main Street
Des Arc, AR 72040
Ph: 870-256-3711
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lowerwhiterivermuseum/
lowerwhiterivermuseum@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public.  The event will begin at 2pm.  It will last until 5pm. 
 
Discover the story of the gunboats that operated on the White River as Union and Confederate boats fought for control of this waterway. This exhibit includes photographs and first-hand accounts of gunboats on the White River during the Civil War and will run January 3 – December 31. 



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits: Nevada County Depot & Museum, January 12, 2015 - February 8, 2015
CONTACT:
Nevada County Depot & Museum
403 W First Street S
Prescott, AR 71857
Ph: 870.887.5821
www.depotmuseum.org/
curator@depotmuseum.org

The museum is open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10a.m.-4p.m. Admission is free.

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war. The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council is in charge of distribution.

To request “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865” to come to your town, contact the Arkansas Humanities Council atrobinphelps@sbcglobal.netor visithttp://www.arkhums.org/What/resource-center.html. There is no charge
for the exhibit, though exhibitors are responsible for returning it to the AHC
office in Little Rock.



Officially Sanctioned EventOld State House Museum presents: Brown Bag Lecture Series, February 11, 2015
CONTACT:
Old State House Museum
300 W Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: (501) 324-9685
http://www.oldstatehouse.com/
info@oldstatehouse.org

This event begins at noon. It is free and open to the public.  Drinks will be provided. 
 
 "Opportunity on the Edge of the South: Slaves in the Wilds of Arkansas"
While white settlers were successful in establishing a harsh regime of slavery in Arkansas, the abundance of "wild" spaces lent opportunity outside the master's gaze. Kelly Jones leads a presentation that explores the ways in which slaves claimed uncultivated space between cotton fields for their own, and how
the meaning of that space changed during the Civil War. Jones is currently a visiting lecturer at the University of Central Arkansas and has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Arkansas.



Officially Sanctioned EventBatesville Area Civil War Round Table presents: Scott Akridge , February 12, 2015
CONTACT:
Batesville Area Civil War Round Table
1325 Harrison St
Batesville, AR 72501
Ph: 870--793-7725
mcmiller@ipa.net

This event is free and open to the public.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Rider Room in the First Community Bank in Batesville.

The topic of the lecture will be Scott Akridge- Civil War Activities in White County.



Officially Sanctioned EventAll I Possess Is Yours: Civil War Love Letters and Valentines , February 14, 2015
CONTACT:
Jacksonport State Park
Ark. 69 in Jacksonport (3 miles N of Newport)
Jacksonport, AR 72112
Ph: 870-523-2143
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/jacksonport/
jacksonport@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 2pm.

War separates loved ones, often forever, and the Civil War was no exception. Sweethearts and families kept in touch through the written word, but sometimes months passed between letters and cards, and many were never received. Meet a park interpreter at Jacksonport Courthouse to view a selection of Civil War love letters and valentines.



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits: Arkansas State University - Mountain Home, February 2, 2015 - February 15, 2015
CONTACT:
Arkansas State University - Mountain Home
1600 College Street
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Ph: (870) 508-6100
www.asumh.edu/
tanderson@asumh.edu

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war. The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council is in charge of distribution.

To request “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865” to come to your town, contact the Arkansas Humanities Council atrobinphelps@sbcglobal.netor visithttp://www.arkhums.org/What/resource-center.html. There is no charge
for the exhibit, though exhibitors are responsible for returning it to the AHC
office in Little Rock.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of the Delta presents: Lori Walker, February 16, 2015
CONTACT:
Ron Kelly
corner of Perry and Pecan Street
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
armedic73@hotmail.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will be at Beth El Heritage Hall at
the corner of Perry and Pecan Street in historic downtown Helena. This event begins at 6pm.

Lori Walker: Freedom Trail- a network of African-American sites between Pine Bluff and Helena



Officially Sanctioned EventACWSC GRANT DEADLINES FOR 2015, February 20, 2015
CONTACT:
Angela Kubaiko
323 Center St., Suite 1500
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: 501-324-9880
http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com
angela@arkansasheritage.org


The deadline for grant applications is 4:30 p.m. on February 20, 2015. The application must be in the office by 4:30 p.m. on 02/20/2015.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Rob McGregor, February 24, 2015
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
brianb1578@aol.com

 

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.


Rob McGregor will provide a lecture on Nathan Bedford Forrest.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War and the Mississippi River, February 28, 2015
CONTACT:
Mississippi River State Park
2955 State Highway 44
Marianna, AR 72360
Ph: (870) 295-4040
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/mississippiriver/
mississippiriver@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 2pm.
 
Explore the evolution of riverboats as Jack Meyers lectures on ..."The creation of the first riverine fleet on American waters: the development of iron-clad warships and the impact of riverboats all during the war from the first timber-clad USS Tyler to the tragedy of the SS Sultana."



Officially Sanctioned EventWashington 1864: Conflict at the Doorstep Exhibit, June 1, 2014 - March 1, 2015
CONTACT:
Historic Washington State Park
Washington
Washington, AR 71862
Ph: (870) 983-2226
http://www.historicwashingtonstatepark.com/
HistoricWashington@arkansas.com

The year 1864  was a busy year for the town of Washington. Washington faced conflict with the threat of invasion from the Camden Expedition in the spring of 1864 and also in its own town limits with the increasing amount of refugees and soldiers entering through the town.  Come and view artifacts from the time when Washington was the Confederate State Capitol of Arkansas. A diorama of the Skirmish of Prairie D’Ane is also available for viewing.

Date: June 1, 2014 - March 1,
2015

Time: 8 am - 5 pm

Admission: FREE



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits: Bradley House Museum, February 27, 2015 - March 8, 2015
CONTACT:
Bradley House Museum
403 W Clark
Jasper, AR 72641
Ph: 870.446.6247
http://newtoncountyar.com/bhouse.html
history@ritternet.com

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war. The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council is in charge of distribution.

To request “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865” to come to your town, contact the Arkansas Humanities Council atrobinphelps@sbcglobal.netor visithttp://www.arkhums.org/What/resource-center.html. There is no charge
for the exhibit, though exhibitors are responsible for returning it to the AHC
office in Little Rock



Officially Sanctioned EventBatesville Area Civil War Round Table presents: Brian Brown , March 12, 2015
CONTACT:
Batesville Area Civil War Round Table
1325 Harrison St
Batesville, AR 72501
Ph: 870--793-7725
mcmiller@ipa.net

This event is free and open to the public.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Rider Room in the First Community Bank in Batesville.

The topic of the lecture will be Brian Brown- "Scoundrels and Rogues of the Civil War."



Officially Sanctioned Event151st Anniversary of Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne's Death , March 14, 2015
CONTACT:
SCV_Cleburne Camp #1433 of Pine Bluff
1801 Holly Street
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
Ph: 870-926-2985
danny@honnoll.com

30th Annual Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne Memorial in this 150th year of his death. Col. W. Danny Honnoll of the 30th AR Inf CSA living historian will be the key note speaker. There will be Reenactors and SCV members in Civil War period Clothes for this event. Re-enactors will fire muskets and artillery in salute of one of Arkansas’ best Generals during the Civil War. The program will reflect on Cleburne life and his accomplishment both in civilian life and military life. The ceremony will take place at the Confederate Cemetery at the back of Maple Hill Cemetery north of Helena. Sponsors of event SCV Cleburne, Shaver and Seven Generals.
This event will begin at 12pm.  It is free and open to the public. 



Officially Sanctioned Event152nd Commemoration of the Battle of Helena, March 14, 2015
CONTACT:
Delta Cultural Center
Helena
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
Ph: 870-592-0079
www.deltaculturalcenter.com/
ronald@arkansasheritage.org

This event is free and open to the public.  The event will begin at 2pm.
 
152nd commemoration of the Battle of Helena reenactment.  All infantry and cavalry are encouraged to participate.  Artillery is by invitation only.  The battle will take place on the historic battlefield.  The reenactment will cover 1.5 miles of original battlefield.  The climax of the event will be the Confederate charge on the historic Battery C and the reproduction of Fort Curtis. All usual amenities will be provided to participants.  Authenticity guidelines will be distributed.



Officially Sanctioned EventOld State House Museum presents: Brown Bag Lecture Series, March 18, 2015
CONTACT:
Old State House Museum
300 W Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: (501) 324-9685
http://www.oldstatehouse.com/
info@oldstatehouse.org

This event begins at noon. It is free and open to the public.  Drinks will be provided. 
 
Carl Drexler from the Arkansas Archeological Survey.
The talk will focus on recent Civil War archeology in
Arkansas, including the battlefield at Wallace's Ferry near Helena/West Helena, fortifications at Camden, and civilians along the Red River.



Officially Sanctioned EventPlantation Agriculture Museum State Park presents: Watersheds of War, March 21, 2015
CONTACT:
Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park
4815 Ark.161 South
Scott, AR 72142
Ph: 501-961-1409
plantationagrimuseum@arkansas.com

Watersheds of War: Traversing Central Arkansas
 
This event is free and open to the public.  It begins at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm.
 
The Plantation Agriculture Museum shall host a half hour presentation at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm.  It will focus on the relationship between the Arkansas River systems, its citizens and especially the soldiers before and during the Civil War.  The hardships and difficulties were many, commerce was scarce, and the rivers were the main way to travel.  The talk shall be presented in the main museum building.  A pictorial and text exhibit will also be on display to enhance the presentation. 



Officially Sanctioned EventTraversing Central Arkansas, March 21, 2015
CONTACT:
Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park
Scott
Scott, AR 72142
Ph: 501-961-1409
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/plantationagriculturemuseum/
plantationagrimuseum@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm.
 
Despite hardships and scarce commerce, the Arkansas River remained a main source of transportation for citizens and soldiers during the Civil War. Explore this relationship between river and residents through half-hour presentations and related exhibit in the main museum building.



Officially Sanctioned EventThe Sultana Exhibit visits Marion, March 6, 2015 - March 25, 2015
CONTACT:
Diane McAdoo
Bella Vista Commons #3 2895 Hwy 77
Marion, AR 72364
Ph: 870-739-6041
chamber@marionarkansas.org

The Sultan Exhibit - an exhibit compiled by ASU Professor Louis Intres depicting the worst maritime disaster in American History will be available for viewing  at the Bella Vista Commons #2895 Hwy. 77, Marion. The exhibit is free and available for viewing 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat and
1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. March 6 - 25, 2015. 



Officially Sanctioned EventWe are all Americans: Native Americans in the Civil War, March 28, 2015
CONTACT:
Toltec Mounds Archeological State Park
490 Toltec Rd
Scott, AR 72142
Ph: (501) 961-9442
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/toltecmounds/
toltecmounds@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 10am and 2pm.
 
The story and contributions of Native Americans in Civil War has often been ignored. With war forced upon them, Native Americans had to face racism, discrimination, and stereotypes from White Americans. In many ways, however, daily life was the same for soldiers of all ethnicities. At its conclusion, the Civil War left no part of America, nor any watershed, untouched or unaffected, including Native American culture, population, and spirit.



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits Hobbs State Park - Conservation Area , March 16, 2015 - March 29, 2015
CONTACT:
Hobbs State Park
20201 East Highway 12
Rogers, AR 72756
Ph: 479-789-5000
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea/
hobbs@arkansas.com

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, now offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war.

The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council will be in charge of distribution.
The Exhibit is free and open to the public.

Hours of Operation:
VISITOR CENTER OPEN ALL YEAR

Jan. - Dec. Sun. - Sat. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Ron Kelly, March 31, 2015
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
brianb1578@aol.com

 

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.


Ron Kelly will provide a lecture on the Battle of Helena.



Officially Sanctioned Event150th Civil War Anniversary Event: The Conflict Concludes?, April 4, 2015
CONTACT:
Fort Smith National Historic Site
301 Parker Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Ph: 479-226-3727
http://www.nps.gov/fosm/index.htm
cody_faber@nps.gov/

150th Civil War Anniversary Event: The Conflict Concludes?
April 4, 2015: End of the Civil War Commemoration Event
‘The Great Victory’                  ‘The War Probably Ended’

‘Glorious News’                         ‘Lee Surrenders’       

With General Robert E. Lee’s surrender on April 9, 1865, newspaper headlines spread the word that the American Civil War was drawing to
a close. To many, the news brought humiliation and fear of retribution from an angry Northern government. To others, the news meant a joyous end to hostilities mixed with the memories of several hundred thousand people who lost their lives. To those free from slavery, the news brought a new era of freedom. The nation had hopes of restarting as people looked forward to reuniting with their loved ones, rebuilding their lives, and peace. Unfortunately for those around Fort Smith, the war continued to rage for several months, and the after affects would last for years, thus delaying these dreams for some time.

Visit Fort Smith National Historic Site on April 4, 2015 and meet soldiers and civilians encamped inside the fort walls, waiting to hear the news of the surrender. Mingle among the camps of union troops, who continue to
drill for more possible fighting. Meet civilians longing to return to their
homes while seeking food and shelter inside the city’s defenses. Meet people who were freed from the bondage of slavery and now fight for their freedom as soldiers. Living history impressions, interpretive programs, and historic weapons demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day (9am-5pm) with encampments of cavalry, artillery, infantry and civilian. Historical vignettes will begin at 6:30pm at 7:30pm and will include two night-time cannon firings! Come visit Fort Smith National Historic Site and help us commemorate the conclusion of the Civil War and find out about the affects it would have on the
surrounding region for years to come. All programs are FREE to the public. For more information contact Cody Fabr at the Fort Smith National Historic Site at 479-226-3727 or cody_faber@nps.gov/ .



Officially Sanctioned EventAnnual Confederate Heritage/Flag/Memorial Day in Arkansas, April 4, 2015
CONTACT:
W. Danny Honnoll, Chief of Staff, Arkansas Division
Arkansas Capital Grounds, NE Corner
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: 870-926-2985
http://arkansasscv.org/
info@arkansastoothpick.com

 
Annual Arkansas Division; Sons of Confederate Veterans – Confederate Heritage/Flag/Memorial Day

Event location:
Arkansas Capital Ground next to the Confederate Monument on the NE Corner of Capital Ground.
Date:
April 4, 2015
Time:
11 am
Price:
free

 
This annual event is emphases the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the men that fought and died from Arkansas.  Also it will be observing Confederate Flag Day in with this event. 
 
At 11 am the names of the fallen will be read by members of the  Arkansas Division SCV.  The will event will have plenty of photo opportunities and period music.   Numerous individuals will be in period attire. Ladies in mourning attire will lay flowers at the Confederate Monument.  Each year a different keynote speaker to give a speech to the gathering.  There will be a three volley gun salute to the fallen of Arkansas.

Honoring the Dead:

The names of Arkansas soldiers who died during the war years of 1861-1865 will be read at the Confederate monument located at the northeast corner of the capitol grounds. A bell will be rung following each name.

      An estimated 60,000 Arkansawers enlisted in Confederate units and that at least 6,800 are known to have been killed or died of disease during the War. Some of the approximately 2,500 names of those dead will be read during the ceremony.



Officially Sanctioned EventPRAIRIE GROVE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK ANNUAL PARK DAY, April 4, 2015
CONTACT:
PRAIRIE GROVE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK
508 E. Douglas
Prairie Grove, AR 72753
Ph: 479-846-2990
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/prairiegrovebattlefield/
prairiegrove@arkansas.com

PRAIRIE GROVE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK ANNUAL PARK DAY
 
April 4, 2015 9 am - 1 pm

Meeting Place: Hindman Hall Visitor Center

Admission: Free

Looking for a way to give of your time and talents? Be a volunteer to help clean up the battlefield and grounds by picking up litter along park tour roads and trails, raking leaves, repairing and replacing split rail fences, cleaning historic buildings, and maintaining our historic gardens vegetable and herb gardens. Some tools will be provided. Please bring gloves and tools if possible. Coffee, water, and snacks will be provided. Volunteers receive a "Park Day" t-shirt, and will have the opportunity to hear a local historian discuss the significance of this site. Everyone is invited, including scouts, church groups, reenactors, families, and individuals. Note: Groups, please call ahead so we can be prepared for you. Contact the park for further information or read more about
the Civil War Trust atwww.civilwar.org/aboutus/events/park-day/
.





Officially Sanctioned EventWartime Cooking, April 11, 2015
CONTACT:
Bull Shoals-White River State Park
129 Bull Shoals Park
Bull Shoals, AR 72619
Ph: 870-445-3629
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/bullshoalswhiteriver/
bullshoalswhiteriver@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
 
Meager rations and limited means proved a battle in camp kitchens across Arkansas during the Civil War. Join a park interpreter for a discussion and taste of meals borne of wartime resourcefulness.



Officially Sanctioned EventWeapons on the Riverbank, April 11, 2015
CONTACT:
Jacksonport State Park
Ark. 69 in Jacksonport (3 miles N of Newport)
Jacksonport, AR 72112
Ph: 870-523-2143
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/jacksonport/
jacksonport@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 2pm.
 
Join a park interpreter to learn about the weapons used by Confederate troops in Jacksonport and Jackson County. This program focuses on the maintenance and operation of antique black powder weapons, and you may even get a chance to see one of the black powder weapons fired!



Officially Sanctioned Event“Fought in earnest: Civil War Arkansas” Exhibit at College of the Ouachitas, Malvern, March 16, 2015 - April 14, 2015
CONTACT:
College of the Ouachitas in Malvern
One College Circle
Malvern, AR 72104
Ph: 501-332-0208
mharper@coto.edu

“Fought in earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” a traveling exhibit produced by the Arkansas History Commission, will be at the Learning Resource Center/Library at the College of the Ouachitas, One College Circle, Malvern, March 16 – April 14, 2015. The
COTO Learning Resource Center/Library is open Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit chronicles major historical events in Arkansas between 1861 and 1865 through images from
the Arkansas History Commission’s holdings. Original documents, photographs, maps, drawings, paintings, and artifacts illustrate the story of the Civil War in Arkansas. These primary source materials offer a first-hand look at the lives of Confederate and Union soldiers, government officials, and civilians from 1861 to 1865.

For more information about the exhibit at the Learning Resource Center/Library at College of the Ouachitas, call 501-332-0208 or emailmharper@coto.edu. To schedule the free traveling exhibit in your institution, call the Arkansas History Commission at 501-682-6900 or e-mailstate.archives@arkansas.gov.



Officially Sanctioned EventFort Lincoln Wild Game Heritage Dinner, April 18, 2015
CONTACT:
Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest
corner of Hazel and Ash streets
DeValls Bluff, AR 72041
Ph: 501-944-5414
carnold@quinstreet.com

2nd Annual Southern Heritage Wild Game Dinner on April 18th at 5:30pm at the old gym on hazel st in DeValls Bluff. There will be live music provided by Preservation Theory, Scott Quimby, Pastor of First Baptist Church Stuttgart. Guest speaker Dr. Jim Lagrone.Dyan Bonhert will speak about food during the Civil War.Tickets will be sold for this event. Tickets are $10.00 per person, under 8 years of age free.



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits Museum of Regional History, April 6, 2015 - April 19, 2015
CONTACT:
Jamie Simmons
219 N. State Line Avenue
Texarkana, AR 75504
Ph: 903-793-4831
http://www.texarkanamuseums.org/
information@texarkanamuseums.org

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, now offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war.
The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council will be in charge of distribution.
Museum of Regional History Tuesday-Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.
Large groups of 20+ are asked to call ahead.



Officially Sanctioned EventHistoric Powhatan School of the Lady, April 17, 2015 - April 19, 2015
CONTACT:
Powhatan Historic State Park
31 S 2nd St
Powhatan, AR 72458
Ph: (870) 878-0032
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/powhatancourthouse/
powhatan@arkansas.com

Registration Fee: $100

This two-and-a-half-day school focuses on teaching female living historians and reenactors the life of a Lady in 19th century America. Ladies will immerse themselves in Victorian-era Powhatan and create friendships that will last a lifetime!



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Steve Purdue, April 28, 2015
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
brianb1578@aol.com

 

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.


Steve Perdue will provide a lecture on Fagan and Saline county.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War School Days, April 30, 2015 - May 1, 2015
CONTACT:
Powhatan Historic State Park
31 S 2nd St
Powhatan, AR 72458
Ph: (870) 878-0032
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/powhatancourthouse/
powhatan@arkansas.com

 $3 Students, $5 Adults, Teachers and Bus Drivers Free

Celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with an unforgettable learning experience! Students will join our staff of living historians to discover both the military and civilian sides of war as they explore the historic town site. During curriculum-based programs, students may visit an antebellum log cabin, see a cannon firing demonstration, taste Johnny cakes, tour the Arkansas History Commission’s “Fought in Earnest” exhibit, and much more! Reservations are required.



Officially Sanctioned EventLiving History School Days, May 1, 2015
CONTACT:
Fort Lincoln Freedom Fest
corner of Hazel and Ash streets
DeValls Bluff, AR 72041
Ph: 501-944-5414
carnold@quinstreet.com

May 1st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old DVB School Grounds

This event is an excellent opportunity for students and others to learn about Civil War history in Prairie County and engage in other educational activities! Here are some of the highlights for this year:

1) Over 50 Civil War re-enactors and history makers will
participate

2) Re-enactors will have a canon firing demonstration

3) A Fingerprint ID station will be at the event

4) A Civil War “Doctor” will talk about medical treatment of
soldiers

5) A Civil War “Embalmer” will explain the process of
embalming

6) Museum artifacts will be on display

Also, lunch will be served free of charge! Please RSVP to Billy White, Director at 501-516-6064 with a count of those that will be attending. Be sure to let us know how many will want the free lunch, including teachers and bus drivers! We look forward to your participation!



Officially Sanctioned EventFort Lincoln Freedom Fest, May 2, 2015
CONTACT:
Arnold Family Foundation and Delta Cultural Center
710 E. Sycamore St.
DeValls Bluff, AR 72041
Ph: 870-998-2005
http://www.arnoldfamilyfoundation.org/
carnold@quinstreet.com

This event will feature educational programming and entertainment for all ages. Event will include:

Artillery and Infantry demonstrations

Educational projects

Skirmish

Tours of original fortifications in Devalls Bluff

Music

vendors

arts and crafts

Event location: Devalls Bluff Community Center

Time: 9am-7pm
 
Admission is free and open to the public.



Officially Sanctioned Event“Fought in earnest: Civil War Arkansas” Exhibit at Powhatan Historic State Park, April 21, 2015 - May 3, 2015
CONTACT:
Powhatan Historic State Park
4414 Hwy 25
Powhatan, AR 72458
Ph: 870-878-6765
www.ArkansasStateParks.com/PowhatanCourthouse/
powhatan@arkansas.com

Fought in earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” a traveling exhibit produced by the Arkansas History Commission, will be at Powhatan Historic State Park in Powhatan, April 21 – May 3, 2015. The exhibit chronicles major historical events in Arkansas between 1861 and 1865 through images from the Arkansas History Commission’s holdings. Original documents, photographs, maps, drawings, paintings, and artifacts illustrate the
story of the Civil War in Arkansas. These primary source materials offer a first-hand look at the lives of Confederate and Union soldiers, government officials, and civilians from 1861 to 1865.

For more information about the exhibit at Powhatan Historic State Park, call 870-878-6765, emailpowhatan@arkansas.com, or visitwww.ArkansasStateParks.com/PowhatanCourthouse/. To schedule the free traveling exhibit in your institution, call the Arkansas History Commission at 501-682-6900 or e-mailstate.archives@arkansas.gov.



Officially Sanctioned EventFought In Earnest Exhibit, April 21, 2015 - May 3, 2015
CONTACT:
Powhatan Historic State Park
31 S 2nd St
Powhatan, AR 72458
Ph: (870) 878-0032
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/powhatancourthouse/
powhatan@arkansas.com

 
This exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Arkansas History Commission’s “Fought in Earnest” traveling exhibit contains fifteen free-standing banners that showcase images from the Arkansas History Commission’s holdings. Original documents, photographs, maps, drawings, paintings and artifacts illustrate the story of the Civil War in Arkansas. These primary source materials offer a first-hand look at the lives of Confederate and Union soldiers, government officials and civilians from 1861 to 1865.



Officially Sanctioned EventDiscovery Days: How the Civil War Shaped Central Arkansas, May 7, 2015 - May 8, 2015
CONTACT:
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
11901 Pinnacle Valley Road
Little Rock, AR 72223
Ph: 501-868-5806
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/pinnaclemountain/
pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com

 The Civil War played an important role in the growth and development of Arkansas, including Little Rock. School groups will meet park interpreters and other special presenters to learn the stories of how the Civil War shaped Central Arkansas. Programs will include how local plants were used for making food, clothing and other necessities.



Officially Sanctioned EventMelodies Along the River, May 9, 2015
CONTACT:
Jacksonport State Park
Ark. 69 in Jacksonport (3 miles N of Newport)
Jacksonport, AR 72112
Ph: 870-523-2143
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/jacksonport/
jacksonport@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 6:30 pm.
 
Civil War soldiers brought a rich heritage of traditional and martial melodies with them to local encampments. Join a park interpreter to learn the history of these songs and discover a connection with those brave young men.



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits the Randolph County Heritage Museum, April 27, 2015 - May 10, 2015
CONTACT:
Randolph County Heritage Museum
106 East Everett
Pocahontas, AR 72455
Ph: 870-892-4056
http://randolphcomuseum.org/
kpmuseum@hotmail.com

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, now offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war.

The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council will be in charge of distribution.
 
The museum hours are: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Admission is free.



Officially Sanctioned EventDiscovery Days: How the Civil War Shaped Central Arkansas, May 14, 2015 - May 15, 2015
CONTACT:
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
11901 Pinnacle Valley Road
Little Rock, AR 72223
Ph: 501-868-5806
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/pinnaclemountain/
pinnaclemountain@arkansas.com

The Civil War played an important role in the growth and development of Arkansas, including Little Rock. School groups will meet park interpreters and other special presenters to learn the stories of how the Civil War shaped Central Arkansas. Programs will include how local plants were used for making food, clothing and other necessities.



Officially Sanctioned EventBoats and Bayonets on the Black River, May 16, 2015
CONTACT:
Davidsonville Historic State Park
7953 Hwy 166 South
Pocahontas, AR 72455
Ph: 870-892-4708
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/olddavidsonville/
davidsonville@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 1pm.
 
Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Arkansas and its watersheds during the Civil War. When the Union Army ousted the Confederates from their stronghold in Pocahontas, residents along the Black River were unwilling witnesses and participants in the conflict. Join a park interpreter for a half-hour presentation on this struggle followed by a cannon firing demonstration.



Officially Sanctioned Event151st Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of Mark's Mill, May 16, 2015 - May 17, 2015
CONTACT:
Dallas County Museum
1101 South Main
Fordyce, AR 71742
Ph: 870-313-2717
richardledbetter55@gmail.com

This event is free and open to the public. 
 
This event will be the 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Mark's Mill.
 
This is a three day event.
 
Friday the 15th the camp will be open to visitors with soldiers and tradesmen and women.
 
On Saturday the 16th the event will have a reenactment at 1pm.  After the reenactment the camps will be open to visitors to tour.  A dance will be held in the evening with period music and dancers.
 
On Sunday the 17th the camp will be open to visitors mid-morning.  At 2pm the second reenctment of the battle will take place. 



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of the Delta presents: Mark Christ and Dr. John House, May 18, 2015
CONTACT:
Ron Kelly
corner of Perry and Pecan Street
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
armedic73@hotmail.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will be at Beth El Heritage Hall at
the corner of Perry and Pecan Street in historic downtown Helena. This event begins at 6pm.

Mark Christ and Dr. John House: Archeology of the discovery of the Fagan Six in
Helena



Officially Sanctioned EventHeart & Soul on Paper: Last Words and Letters of Confederate Soldiers, May 23, 2015
CONTACT:
Jacksonport State Park
Ark. 69 in Jacksonport (3 miles N of Newport)
Jacksonport, AR 72112
Ph: 870-523-2143
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/jacksonport/
jacksonport@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 2pm.
 
Death was very real for soldiers during the Civil War. Sometimes soldiers knew they would not survive their injuries and summoned a friend to help send messages to loved ones, but other times soldiers had no idea they were writing their last letters. Join a park interpreter in the Jacksonport Courthouse courtroom to hear a selection of the last messages sent from Confederate soldiers to loved ones back home.



Officially Sanctioned EventCannon Firing Demonstration, May 24, 2015
CONTACT:
Lake Charles State Park
3705 Highway 25
Powhatan, AR 72458
Ph: 870-878-6595
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakecharles/
lakecharles@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 1pm.
 
Celebrate Memorial Day with a boom! This national holiday originally honored Union and Confederate veterans, so join park staff as we fire off our Civil War cannon in honor of the holiday. We'll need some volunteers to help us, so you may even get to fire the cannon!



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Vernon Dutton, May 26, 2015
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
brianb1578@aol.com

 

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits Alpena, May 18, 2015 - May 31, 2015
CONTACT:
Bobbie Bailey
111 East Hwy 62
Alpena, AR 72611
Ph: 870-437-2272

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, now offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war.

The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council will be in charge of distribution.
 
The exhibit will be at the Alpena City Courthouse and available for viewing during normal operating hours. There is no admission charge.



Officially Sanctioned EventSouthern Memorial Day – Commemoration of Confederate Dead, June 6, 2015
CONTACT:
Southern Memorial Association
12284 Ervan Beeks Road
Farmington, AR 72730
Ph: 479-824-3910
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arsma/
evergreen@pgtc.com

Southern Memorial Day – Commemoration of the Confederate Dead

Join the Southern Memorial Association during its annual memorial ceremony to commemorate the over 600 Confederate dead buried in Arkansas’ largest, only Confederate cemetery. The ceremony will include a guest speaker, live music, a re-enactor gun salute, and placement of flowers at the monument by children and the officers of the Southern Memorial Association.
 
LOCATION:

Confederate Cemetery
514 East Rock Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701

TIME:
Saturday, June 6, 2015
10:00 am
 
ADMISSION:
Free



Officially Sanctioned EventThe Battle of Ditch Bayou, June 6, 2015
CONTACT:
Lake Chicot State Park
2542 State Highway 257
Lake Village, AR 71653
Ph: 870-265-5480
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakechicot/
lakechicot@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 3pm.
 
Control of the Mississippi River was critical for both the Union and Confederacy. By 1863, a desperate Confederacy turned to guerilla warfare, attacking Union steamboats, iron clads, and tin clads passing along the Mississippi River. Join a park interpreter for a look at the Civil War on the Mississippi River near Lake Chicot, focusing on the lesser-known Battle of Ditch Bayou.



Officially Sanctioned EventTwenty-sixth North Arkansas Ancestor Fair, June 5, 2015 - June 6, 2015
CONTACT:
Shirley J. Gray
515 Zack Road
Marshall, AR 72650
Ph: 870-448-3308
www.ancestorfair.us
shirleysdream@windstream.net

SIDE SHOWS
Writing & Interpreting Civil War Resources Authors
Use
 

Friday, June 5, 2015
SESSION I: Civic Center, Marshall $5.00

9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.: Writing the Civil War

Thomas A. DeBlack
Arkansas Tech University

11:00 a.m.–12:00: “I Do Wish this Cruel War Was Over”:
Primary Sources in Historic Journals

Mark Christ, Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial
Commission

SESSION II: Civic Center $5.00

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Lincoln’s Foothold in the South:
Phillips County, Arkansas, 1861-1865

Daniel Schieffler
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

2:30 p. m.–3:30 p.m.: Searcy County 1865: Revenge of Reconciliation?

James J Johnston, Searcy County Historical Society

6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.: MIXER DINNER
Petit Jean Co-op, Airport Road, Marshall $10.00

Saturday, June 6, 2015


ANCESTOR FAIR: Marshall Civic Center (Air
Conditioned): Zack Road

7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.: Providers set up

9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.:ANCESTOR FAIR(Free)


Genealogical Swap Meet:
No registration required for any event. Just show up; we’ll make a place for you.



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits the Hope Visitor Center and Depot Museum, June 1, 2015 - June 28, 2015
CONTACT:
Hope Visitor Center and Depot Museum
Hope Visitor Center and Depot Museum
Hope, AR 71801
Ph: 870.722.2580
vic-depot@hopearkansas.net

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, now offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war.

The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council will be in charge of distribution.
 
To request “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865” to come to your town, contact the Arkansas Humanities Council atrobinphelps@sbcglobal.netor visithttp://www.arkhums.org/What/resource-center.html. There is no charge
for the exhibit, though exhibitors are responsible for returning it to the AHC
office in Little Rock.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Hank Simmons, June 30, 2015
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
brianb1578@aol.com

 

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.

Hank Simmons will provide a lecture on Confederate money and bonds.



Officially Sanctioned EventThe Surrender at Jacksonport, July 4, 2015
CONTACT:
Jacksonport State Park
Ark. 69 in Jacksonport (3 miles N of Newport)
Jacksonport, AR 72112
Ph: 870-523-2143
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/jacksonport/
jacksonport@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 2pm.

June 5th, 1865 was a defining moment in the history of Jacksonport. On this day, Jacksonport surrendered to the Federal Government and Reconstruction began. Hear about the end of the Civil War for Jacksonport and the scars left in its wake at a reenactment of the speech given by Jeff “Swamp Fox” Thompson on that fateful day.



Officially Sanctioned EventCannon Firing Demonstration, July 5, 2015
CONTACT:
Lake Charles State Park
3705 Highway 25
Powhatan, AR 72458
Ph: 870-878-6595
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakecharles/
lakecharles@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 1pm.
 
Celebrate Independence Day with a boom! Join park staff as we fire off our Civil War cannon in honor of the holiday. We'll need some volunteers to help, so you may even get to fire the cannon!



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits Texarkana Welcome Center, July 6, 2015 - July 19, 2015
CONTACT:
Melissa Adams
10000 I-30 East
Texarkana, AR 71854
Ph: 870.777.4301
http://www.arkansas.com/welcome-centers/texarkana.aspx
melissa.a.adams@arkansas.gov

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, now offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war.

The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council will be in charge of distribution.
The exhibt will be available for viewing during normal Welcome Center hours. There is no admission fee.



Officially Sanctioned Event9th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium: “The World Turned Upside-down”, July 25, 2015
CONTACT:
Historic Washington State Park
PO Box 129
Washington, AR 71862
Ph: (870) 983-2684
http://www.historicwashingtonstatepark.com
HistoricWashington@arkansas.com

Civil War Red River Heritage Symposium Series
 
Historic Washington State Park is holding its 9th Annual Red River Heritage Symposium on July 25, 2015 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. This year the symposium will focus on the concluding year of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction in the Great Bend Region of the Red River. 
 
A Teachers Workshop and luncheon will be offered in the morning on resources for the classroom for studying the beginning years of the Civil War. The cost is $15 per person if you would like to attend the workshop.
 
We also encourage you to attend the symposium. The cost is $30 which includes supper. If you attend both we are offering a discount price of $40. A total of 6 credit hours can be earned by teachers attending the event.
 
Please register with the park by July 22, 2015.  
 
ADMISSION: 
Teacher Workshop: $15
Symposium: $30 (includes supper)
Both Workshop & Symposium: $40



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Brian Brown , July 28, 2015
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
brianb1578@aol.com

 

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.



Officially Sanctioned EventLife as an Arkansas Confederate Soldier , August 8, 2015
CONTACT:
Mammoth Spring State Park
U.S. 63 in Mammoth Spring
Mammoth Spring, AR 72554
Ph: 870-625-7364
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/mammothspring/
mammothspring@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It's from 12pm-2pm.
 
What was life like during the Civil War? Join living historians to learn about daily life for Arkansas’s Confederate soldiers. Meet near the ball field, and be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.



Officially Sanctioned EventEmpty Cupboards and Scarce Game, August 8, 2015
CONTACT:
Jacksonport State Park
Ark. 69 in Jacksonport (3 miles N of Newport)
Jacksonport, AR 72112
Ph: 870-523-2143
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/jacksonport/
jacksonport@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 2pm.
 
There were times of hunger and deprivation in Civil War Jacksonport, but residents developed resourceful ways to cope. Meet with a park interpreter to examine and discuss the different ways soldiers and civilians alike survived this time of hardship.



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits Cross County Library, July 27, 2015 - August 9, 2015
CONTACT:
John Paul Myrick
410 E Merriman
Wynne, AR 72396
Ph: 870.238.3850
jpaul@crosscountylibrary.org

The library is open from 9am-8pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.  It's open from 9am-5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. 
The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war. The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council is in charge of distribution.

To request “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865” to come to your town, contact the Arkansas Humanities Council at robinphelps@sbcglobal.net or visithttp://www.arkhums.org/What/resource-center.html. There is no charge
for the exhibit, though exhibitors are responsible for returning it to the AHC
office in Little Rock.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of the Delta presents: Jack Myers, August 17, 2015
CONTACT:
Ron Kelly
corner of Perry and Pecan Street
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
armedic73@hotmail.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will be at Beth El Heritage Hall at
the corner of Perry and Pecan Street in historic downtown Helena. This event begins at 6pm.

Jack Myers: The Bitter End- a look at the conclusion of the Civil War in Arkansas



Officially Sanctioned EventFought in Earnest Exhibit, August 11, 2015 - August 25, 2015
CONTACT:
Lake Dardanelle State Park
2428 Marina Rd
Russellville, AR 72802
Ph: 479-967-5516
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakedardanelle/
lakedardanelle@arkansas.com

The Arkansas History Commission exhibit "Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas" will be on display at the visitor center. This traveling Civil War exhibit uses primary sources to chronicle major historical events in Arkansas between 1861 and 1865.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Mark Christ, August 25, 2015
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
brianb1578@aol.com

 

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.



Officially Sanctioned EventMaking Nature’s Medicines, September 9, 2015
CONTACT:
Jacksonport State Park
Ark. 69 in Jacksonport (3 miles N of Newport)
Jacksonport, AR 72112
Ph: 870-523-2143
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/jacksonport/
jacksonport@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 2pm.

Join a park interpreter for an explanation of how Physicians, Yarb Doctors, and Granny Women treated patients with botanicals found at river's edge during and after the Civil War. Medicinal principles and uses of common plants will be discussed, and informational hand-outs will be available.



Officially Sanctioned EventSchool of the Soldier: Artillery, September 11, 2015 - September 13, 2015
CONTACT:
Powhatan Historic State Park
4414 Hwy 25
Powhatan, AR 72458
Ph: 870-878-6765
www.ArkansasStateParks.com/PowhatanCourthouse/
powhatan@arkansas.com

 
Registration Fee: $75

This two-day school focuses on artillery in mid-19th century America. Participants can immerse themselves in the Victorian Era and learn the skills needed for living and fighting during this tumultuous period. Classes will include period and modern artillery drills on full-scale cannon and mountain howitzer, artillery tools and implements, and uniform options. Rations will be included.

 



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Dr. Bobby Roberts, September 29, 2015
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
brianb1578@aol.com

 

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits the Winslow Museum, September 28, 2015 - October 11, 2015
CONTACT:
Winslow Museum
108 Winslow Blvd.
Winslow, AR 72959
Ph: 470-634-3901
winslow.museum@yahoo.com

9/28 – 10/11/15  at the Winslow Museum
 
The exhibit is available for viewing during normal operating hours. FREE

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, now offers “Civil War Arkansas , 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war.

The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council will be in charge of distribution.

 



Officially Sanctioned EventKeeping House and Home Together: Experiences of a Confederate Wife, October 24, 2015
CONTACT:
Jacksonport State Park
Ark. 69 in Jacksonport (3 miles N of Newport)
Jacksonport, AR 72112
Ph: 870-523-2143
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/jacksonport/
jacksonport@arkansas.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will begin at 2pm.

Many Confederate wives experienced independence for the very first time while their husbands were fighting in the Civil War. Visitors can join a living historian as she shares wartime experiences, such as planting a garden and learning how to weave.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: TBA, October 27, 2015
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
brianb1578@aol.com

 

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of the Delta presents: Nancy Dane, November 2, 2015
CONTACT:
Ron Kelly
corner of Perry and Pecan Street
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
armedic73@hotmail.com

This event is free and open to the public. It will be at Beth El Heritage Hall at
the corner of Perry and Pecan Street in historic downtown Helena. This event begins at 6pm.

Nancy Dane: Civil War Arkansas- a look at the Southern Claims Commission and Historic Novels



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits Perry County Historical Museum, November 9, 2015 - November 22, 2015
CONTACT:
Perry County Historical Museum
408 Main Street
Perryville, AR 72126
Ph: 501-889-5105
http://www.perrycountyhistoricalmuseum.org/Home_of_the_Perry_County_Hi.html
Kathy.Rankin@arkansas.gov

 

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, in cooperation with the Old State House Museum and the Arkansas Humanities Council, now offers “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” a traveling exhibit about the state’s involvement in the war.

The ACWSC created the text and located the images for the exhibit, the Old State House Museum designed and built it, and the Arkansas Humanities Council will be in charge of distribution.
 



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Drew Hodges, November 24, 2015
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of Arkansas
I-430 and Cantrell
Little Rock, AR 72227
brianb1578@aol.com

 

The event will begin at 7PM and is free and open to the public. It will take place at the 2nd Presbyterian Church located at I-430 and Cantrell.



Officially Sanctioned EventChristmas Open House - Civil War Living History Weekend At Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, December 5, 2015 - December 6, 2015
CONTACT:
Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park
506 E. Douglas
Prairie Grove, AR 72753
Ph: 479-846-2990
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/prairiegrovebattlefield/
prairiegrove@arkansas.com

Christmas Open House - Civil War Living History Weekend

PRAIRIE GROVE BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK 

December 5, 2015 - December 6, 2015

9 am - 3 pm

Meeting Place: Park Grounds

Admission: Free

Christmas will be in the air as in the days of the Civil War at Prairie Grove Battlefield. While food is cooking in the Latta House kitchen, members of the local Wool & Wheel Handspinners Guild & the Dogwood Lace groups will be demonstrating spinning, weaving, and lace making. There will be guided tours through the historic Latta and Morrow houses. Various military drills, camp life, and other
living history activities will be included throughout the weekend at various times and locations. Presented by volunteers & NW 15th Ark Infantry.



 





Officially Sanctioned EventDes Arc Rangers: Co. B 1st Mounted Rifles Exhibit, August 31, 2014 - December 31, 2015
CONTACT:
Lower White River Museum State Park
2009 Main Street
Des Arc, AR 72040
Ph: 870-256-3711
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lowerwhiterivermuseum/
lowerwhiterivermuseum@arkansas.com

“Des Arc Rangers: Co. B, 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles”. This unit was formed  Des Arc in April 1861 and joined with the 1st Mounted Rifles in Little Rock in June 1861 under the command of Col. Thomas J Churchill. The group fought in battles at Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, Atlanta, Franklin, and Chickamauga, among others.



Officially Sanctioned EventWar on the Water: Gunboats on the White River Exhibit , February 8, 2015 - December 31, 2015
CONTACT:
Lower White River Museum State Park
2009 Main Street
Des Arc, AR 72040
Ph: 870-256-3711
http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/lowerwhiterivermuseum/
lowerwhiterivermuseum@arkansas.com

Discover the story of the gunboats that operated on the White River as Union and Confederate boats fought for control of this waterway. This exhibit includes photographs and first-hand accounts of gunboats on the White River during the Civil War and will run January 3 – December 31.
 
Museum Hours:
Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tues. - Sat.: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed: Mon. (except Mon. holidays), New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day & Chirstmas Eve through Christmas Day



Officially Sanctioned Event"Freedom! Oh, Freedom!" Exhibit, November 14, 2014 - December 31, 2015
CONTACT:
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
501 W. 9th Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: 501-683-3593
www.mosaictemplarscenter.com
info@mosaictemplarscenter.com

"Freedom! Oh, Freedom!" Arkansas's People of African Descent & the Civil War: 1861-1866. Freedom! Oh, Freedom! will explore the African American perspective of the Civil War from the lens of slavery, the contributions of African American soldiers, and what happened through and after the Reconstruction Era.
 
 
This exhibit is open to the public.   

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