History and Heritage

On the early morning of April 27, 1865, the Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River near Memphis, killing nearly 1,800 of the almost 2,400 passengers onboard. Many of those were former Union soldiers, on their way home from Confederate prison camps following the end of the Civil War. The boat sank near Marion and became, …
If you like to see history come alive, don’t miss the 8th annual Voices from Eureka’s Silent City cemetery walking tours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20, 21, and 22, and then again on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29. Live actors in period costumes will portray the lives of early citizens of …
A new exhibit at ESSE Purse Museum demonstrates that you don’t have to walk a mile in a woman’s shoes to learn something about her—you only have to look at them. A Walk in Her Shoes, which runs Oct. 11 to Jan. 15 at the museum in downtown Little Rock’s SoMa district, walks visitors through a 100-year exploration …
Jim Ferrell of Kansas and his family have donated Texas flint artifacts for the permanent collection of the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville. The collection goes on display starting Friday, Oct. 7 in conjunction with the museum’s Fall Weekend Celebration. These artifacts were previously from the famous Wallace Culpepper collection in Texas. The …
  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 …