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 the Delta presents: Dr. W. Stuart Towns , November 10, 2014
CONTACT:
Civil War Roundtable of the Delta
corner of Perry and Pecan Streets
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
Ph: (870) 338-4350
paula@arkansasheritage.org

Arkansas Civil War Heritage: A Legacy of Honor

Dr. W. Stuart Towns, author and recently retired professor
and chairman of the Department of Communication Studies, Southeast Missouri State University

The meeting begins at 6 P.M. at the Beth El Heritage Hall
and is free and open to the public.



Officially Sanctioned EventWar Between the States Display, November 1, 2014 - November 30, 2014
CONTACT:
SCV Shaver Camp #1655 of Jonesboro
315 W. Oak
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Ph: 870-926-0966
captj42@sbcglobal.net

The display will be at The Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library.  This display is free and open to the public.  The Library will be open from 9 am-8:30pm  Monday-Saturday and from 1-5 on Sundays.

The display will have toy soldiers in period attire as well as bullets, cannon balls, hatchets, and other misc. items used during the war.



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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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