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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.   



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.

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