History and Heritage

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 …
It may be a short month, February…but it’s not short on things to do in the Arkansas Delta! There is a quote from cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead that has been a favorite of mine for decades: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing …
The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre presents for a limited engagement this weekend a reinterpretation of the classic children’s story “Stone Soup.” In the traditional version, some hungry travelers alight in a village and basically trick the villagers into feeding them by contributing ingredients to their cooking pot, which contains nothing but water and a …
The Delta Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage  located in Helena-West Helena, is hosting a Greens, Beans and Cornbread cook-off on Jan. 28. The event takes place from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the museum’s Miller Annex, located at 223 Cherry St. in the historic downtown district. Celebrity judges will …
Fort Smith has one again been designated as one of the nation’s “Top 10 True Western Towns” by True West magazine. Fort Smith secured the  No.1 designation in 2013 and has consistently remained one of the top five designated destinations ever since. Fort Smith will be featured alongside Deadwood, South Dakota—the 2017 top honor—and eight …
Along with the excitement that always surrounds the dawning of a new year, the first week of January offers some interesting events flying low under the social radar. Did you resolve to try more new things in 2017? This should get you started. The month of January is Restaurant Month in North Little Rock, which …
Centuries before Europeans arrived in America, natives were living in natural stone shelters in the Ozarks. Just think what it would have been like to live in a stone shelter during the winter. While Arkansas does usually have mild seasons in general, American Indians would have been glad for the firewood they could gather in …
George’s Majestic Lounge, the iconic bar and live music venue on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, has been around for 360 seasons – that is 90 glorious years – proving that the right people, passion and management, great live music, and a cold libation stand the test of time. George Pappas opened George’s in 1927 as …
I can’t think of a more appropriate place for a quilt trail than Stone County in Arkansas. The county seat is Mountain View, which bills itself as the “Folk Music Capital of the World.” It’s home to Ozark Folk Center State Park, America’s only park dedicated to Ozark folkways. Pioneer arts and crafts are practiced …
The devastating attack on Pearl Harbor that led to the United States’ entry into World War II took place 75 years ago on December 7, 1941.  Arkansas is uniquely poised to commemorate the event, because the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum (AIMM), anchored on the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River, is the only …