History and Heritage

  Mural festivals are typically in big cities. But for the second year, Fort Smith is host to The Unexpected, a mural festival bringing urban contemporary art to Arkansas. During the event occurring this week, the walls of several downtown historic buildings will be painted with large murals. The buildings are located in between about …
The Old Independence Regional Museum will celebrate its 18th anniversary at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8 at the Barnett Building in Batesville. Festivities to honor 18 years of preserving history include a catered meal from Elizabeth’s Restaurant and Catering  and musical entertainment from Mountain View’s Harmony. Harmony, made up of Mary and Robert Gillihan and …
Native Americans called the Arkansas Delta home long before Europeans “discovered” the region. Celebrate the Native American history in the area this September at two of our great Arkansas State Parks. Both special events focus on creating awareness of the significant heritage of the native residents of the area. Parkin Archeological State Park in Parkin offers …
It’s a familiar story: Girl meets boy. They fall in love. Boy has to go away for work. Girl follows boy halfway around the world. Girl dies. Locals name a mountain after her. Or something like that. Many of us know some version (or three) of the story of how Petit Jean Mountain got its name. …
“I have ever had the single aim of justice in view… ‘Do equal and exact justice,’ is my motto, and I have often said to the grand jury, ‘Permit no innocent man to be punished, but let no guilty man escape.'” -Judge Isaac C. Parker, 1896 Since the 1940s, Wild West stories of Fort Smith, …
The Arkansas State Archives will host a free symposium and folk music concert on Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Multi-Agency Complex building behind the State Capitol. The theme of the program is “Heroes of Arkansas Folk Music”—namely, Almeda Riddle, Jimmy Driftwood and Patsy Montana. While “hero” is a word …
The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History will explore the agricultural history of downtown Springdale during a walking tour of Emma Avenue at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5. Led by museum research librarian Rachel Whitaker, the hour-long tour will focus on historic fruit, vegetable, and poultry businesses that were located on Emma Avenue from the …
This is the centennial year of the National Park Service, NPS, and there have been celebrations and special events across the U.S. and throughout the year to honor the occasion. August stands out as it marks the month when U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the agency on August 25, 1916. Among …