History and Heritage

April showers may very well bring May flowers, but in the Arkansas Delta this month, April brings music and history to the region. Historic Helena is set to host a new music festival on April 21-22. Long considered an essential destination for fans of the music and legacy of the blues, historic Helena is the …
Aspiring historians take note! The office of U.S. Senator John Boozman will host a workshop for the Veterans History Project (VHP) on March 18 at 1 p.m. at the Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park in Scott, Arkansas. The VHP is the world’s largest oral history archive, housed at the Library of Congress and containing more …
Food…glorious food!! Arkansas is home to some legendary restaurants, wonderful chefs, and amazing, tasty fare. And although the state has all varieties of halls of fame, it wasn’t until 2016 that the Department of Arkansas Heritage decided there needed to be an Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. Rightly so…and about time! The Arkansas Food Hall …
NOTE: The Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center announced today (Wednesday, March 8) that it is canceling the 2017 Bootlegger Daze due to the weather forecast for Saturday of a 100% chance of rain and a high of 39 degrees.  ———————————————— The town of Calico Rock officially kicks off its tourism season with its annual Bootlegger …
To celebrate the arrival later this year of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shapes America,” to the Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville, the museum is focusing on community sports throughout 2107. It will display a regional exhibit titled “Our Teams – Our Pride,” which features local sports history, and offer …
There is so much going on in Central Arkansas in the coming week that it barely fits into seven days. Whether you’re in the mood for art, history, music, food, shopping or all of the above, we’ve got something to occupy you. Appreciate the arts A new exhibit of early works by photographer Ansel Adams …
This month brings two great events for kids of all ages to enjoy in the Arkansas Delta. On February 11, the Mississippi River State Park in Marianna welcomes Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas. The staff of Raptor Rehab will have several different raptors on-hand during a question and answer session about the feathered predators. Participants …
You’re probably familiar with William Grant Still as a major figure in the world of classical music and opera. Still, who grew up in Little Rock, broke barrier after barrier in his career as an African-American composer: first to have a symphony performed by a major orchestra, first to conduct a major orchestra himself, and …