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: Mark Christ, August 26, 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.
 
Mark Christ will provide a lecture entitled J.O. Shelby's Summer of '64.
 
Mark Christ is community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage  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,” Civil War Arkansas, 1863: The Battle for a State, which won the 2010 Douglas Southall Freeman Award, "Today We Marched Again," and "I Do With This Cruel War Was Over."



Officially Sanctioned Event“Fought in earnest: Civil War AR” Exhibit at Jacksonville Museum of Military History in Jacksonville, August 4, 2014 - August 28, 2014
CONTACT:
Jacksonville Museum of Military History in Jacksonville
100 Veteran’s Circle
Jacksonville, AR 72076
Ph: 501-241-1943
www.jaxmilitarymuseum.org
jaxmilmuseum@gmail.com

“Fought in earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” a traveling exhibit produced by the Arkansas History Commission, will be at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History in Jacksonville, August 4 – 28, 2014. The museum hours are Monday to Friday 9:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 Jacksonville Museum of Military History, call 501-241-1943, emailjaxmilmuseum@gmail.com, or visitwww.jaxmilitarymuseum.org. 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 EventACWSC Commission Meeting, September 24, 2014
CONTACT:
ACWSC
900 W Capitol Ave #100
Little Rock, AR 72201
Ph: 501-324-9880
http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com
angela@arkansasheritage.org

The next Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission meeting will be
held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24, in the Bessie B. Moore Conference room in the Arkansas State Library in Little Rock. The meeting is free and open to the public.



Officially Sanctioned EventBrown Bag Lunch Lecture: "Civil War Guerrillas", October 8, 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.
 The topic will be “Civil War Guerrillas” The real war for Arkansas civilians.
 
Daniel E. Sutherland received his Ph.D. in history from Wayne State University in 1976. He taught at Wayne State University, Mercy College of Detroit, the University of Alabama, and McNeese State before coming
to the University of Arkansas. His principal area of research is nineteenth-century America. He has written eight books and edited five others.
He has published over fifty book chapters and articles in both popular
magazines and scholarly journals. He has received over forty honors, awards, and research grants. Five of his books have been selected by the History Book Club.



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 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 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.

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