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: Brian Brown, October 28, 2014
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.

Brian Brown will provide a lecture entitled "Scoundrels and Rogues of the Civil War."




Officially Sanctioned EventFaulkner County Historical Society Marker Dedication, November 1, 2014
CONTACT:
Faulkner County Museum
801 Locust St
Conway, AR 72034
Ph: 5013367423
rebekahbilderback@gmail.com

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



Officially Sanctioned EventCommemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Death of General Patrick R. Cleburne, November 1, 2014
CONTACT:
Jerry Lawrence
2516 Cantrell Rd
Little Rock, AR 72202
Ph: 870-879-1150
orry2@aol.com

 "Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Death of General Patrick R. Cleburne"

Danny Honnoll will be the key speaker.

Whole Hog Restaurant,, on Cantrell Road, in Little Rock

Sponsored by the 
Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne, Arkansas Society of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars

Price per plate;  $25.00

Please send check to Jerry Lawrence, 7201 Providence Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71603, by October 15th



Officially Sanctioned EventLonoke County Museum Fundraiser, November 8, 2014
CONTACT:
Lonoke County Museum
215 S. E. Front
Lonoke, AR 72086
Ph: 501-676-6750
www.ipa.net/~jack5/?
misslata@sbcglobal.net

The Lonoke County Museum fundraiser will begin at 5:00. It will be combined effort of the Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable and the Lonoke County Museum

The event will serve beans and cornbread, etc. 

Members will portray
Civil War characters of the Lonoke area.
 
The cost for the fundraiser  is $ 20 per person or $35 for a couple.

There is limited seating so if a group wishes to attend, be sure to phone 501-676-6750 to reserve tickets.



Officially Sanctioned EventBrown Bag Lunch Lecture: “Spence Brothers in 1864”, November 13, 2014
CONTACT:
Old State House Museum
300 W. Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: 501.324.9685
http://www.oldstatehouse.com/
info@oldstatehouse.org

The program is free and open to the public. It begins at noon. Each month the Old State House Museum hosts a lunch time lecture programs with distinguished Arkansans and historians on various topics. Visitors are encouraged to bring their lunch. Most Brown Bags are held in the Supreme Court Chamber in the East Wing of the building.

“Spence Brothers in 1864” Our annual look at the Spence family of Arkadelphia during the Civil War.

Mark Christ is community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage He joined the AHPP in 1990 after eight years as a professional journalist. A 1982 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, he received his Master’s degree in 2000 from the University of Oklahoma. 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. He has written and edited several books, including “Rugged and Sublime” The Civil War in Arkansas, Sentinels of History:
Reflections on Arkansas Properties Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which won an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, “Getting Used To Being Shot At”: The Spence Family Civil War Letters, “All Cut to Pieces and Gone to Hell”: The Civil War, Race Relations and the Battle of Poison Spring, “The Earth Shook and Trees Trembled”: Civil War Arkansas 1863-1864, “The Die is Cast: Arkansas Goes to War, 1861,” and Civil War Arkansas, 1863: The Battle for a State, which won the 2010 Douglas Southall Freeman Award.



Officially Sanctioned EventACWSC GRANT DEADLINES FOR 2014, November 21, 2014
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 November 21, 2014. The application must be in the office by 4:30 p.m. on 11/21/2014.



Officially Sanctioned EventTraveling Exhibit visits Faulkner County Museum, November 10, 2014 - November 23, 2014
CONTACT:
Faulkner County Museum
801 Locust Street
Conway, AR 72032
Ph: 501-329-5918
http://faulknercountymuseum.org/
fcm@conwaycorp.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.
The museum is open Monday - Thursday, 9-4 pm. Admission to the exhibit is free.



Officially Sanctioned EventCivil War Roundtable of Arkansas presents: Glen Schwarz, November 25, 2014
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.

Glen Schwarz will provide a lecture on the Confederate Maj. General Patrick Cleburne.



Officially Sanctioned EventPrairie County Museum presents: Civil War Exhibit, November 1, 2014 - November 29, 2014
CONTACT:
Prairie County Museum
See below.
Des Arc, AR 72040
Ph: 870-256-5171

Directions: From Interstate 40, take the Hazen exit and travel north 13 miles on State Highway 11. The Prairie County Museum is located on Highway 11 as you enter Des Arc.
Alternate Number: 870-998-2012
 
This display is open to the public by appointment only.  Please call one of the numbers to reserve your visit.
 
Prairie County Historical Museum has new case of Civil War artifacts and new Civil War wall panels.



Officially Sanctioned EventWar on the Water: Gunboats on the White River Exhibit Opening, January 3, 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 EventGrand Prairie Civil War Roundtable presents: TBA, January 13, 2015
CONTACT:
Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable
215 S. E. Front
Lonoke, AR 72086
www.ipa.net/~jack5/?
misslata@sbcglobal.net

The event will be at the Lonoke County Museum at 6:00 P.M. It is free and open to the public.

The topic will be announced.



Officially Sanctioned EventOld State House Museum presents: Brown Bag Lecture Series, January 21, 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. 
 
RICHARD L. HARTNESS, SR. is a native of Wynne, Cross County, Arkansas. He graduated from Wynne High School (1962) and Arkansas State University (BS-1968, MA-1978). He is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Heritage Studies at Arkansas State University, where he is researching information on the first tenured Black professors in Arkansas colleges and universities.  He developed an interpretive plan for the WWII Japanese-American Relocation Center at Jerome, Arkansas. And, he recently contributed portions of the narrative for a Civil War Sesquicentennial marker at historic Wittsburg, Arkansas, as well as the entire narrative found on the Tri-County Corner marker on CR 800 (on the St. Francis River near Parkin), where Poinsett, Crittenden, and St. Francis counties came together before Cross County was formed.
 
Mr. Harness will present a lectrue on Robert Sander Burke.  (1823-1894)

Robert S. Burke was one of fourteen children born to William L. Burke and Elizabeth B. (Sanders) Burke in North Carolina. The family moved to Georgia for a short time before making their home in Pickens County, Alabama. While in Georgia, Robert became a surveyor, and family tradition says he came to Arkansas in the early 1840s with a team of
federal surveyors sent to lay out township and range lines in the young state. Montgomery County was created in 1842, and Robert served as their county surveyor from 1852 to 1866.[NOTE: Incidentally, his two surveyor’s transits are now in the possession of the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas.]
 
    In December 1849 he married Elizabeth Ann Morrow, whose family had migrated to the state from Indiana. The couple settled in Gap Township, Montgomery County, for the first seventeen years of their
marriage, then in 1866 moved to Colbath Township, Clark County, an area taken from Clark County in 1873 and styled “Clark Township” of Pike County. Then, from 1880 to 1882 Robert was the Pike County surveyor. The Burkes would have a total of eleven children from 1850 to 1877, while he surveyed and conducted subsistence farming to support his growing family.

       During the Civil War he was elected Captain of a group of Montgomery County mounted volunteers, initially called “Burke’s Company,” and by war’s end was mustered into Confederate service as Company “B,” Newton’s 10thArkansas Cavalry Regiment. This unit, as so many others like it, was composed primarily of boys too young for conscription and older men, who may have served on active duty in other units before joining local “home guard” militias.

     In November 1894 he was thrown by his snake-spooked horse, suffered a fractured hip, caught pneumonia and died. His widow, Elizabeth would live another four years before she passed away.



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 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 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 EventWar on the Water: Gunboats on the White River Exhibit , January 3, 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

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