history

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, …
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. …
The World War II Japanese American Internement Museum in McGehee tells the story of what could be considered one of the lesser known aspects of history in the Arkansas Delta. Jeff Owyoung, now mayor of McGehee, was involved with the project long before he became the executive officer of the town. Owyoung’s commitment to McGehee …
There are so many ways to explore the state of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program now offers another one with its Arkansas National Register Passport Program, which encourages tourism to Arkansas properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Of the more than 2,500 National Register properties in Arkansas, 26 are highlighted in the …
In celebration of Black History Month, we visited with Quantia Fletcher, the interim director of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a Little Rock museum that celebrates African-American history and culture. Quantia—who goes by “Key” (hint: “Quantia” sounds more like the Italian wine Chianti than it looks)—is originally from New Orleans. Her stepfather is from Blytheville, and he …
ESSE Purse Museum at 1510 Main St. in Little Rock will open an exciting new exhibit by Atlanta photographer Jason Travis on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Purse-onas, which runs through Sunday, March 13, was carefully selected from Travis’ much larger Persona exhibit and features 18 of his photo diptychs shot between 2011 and 2015. The staff …