History and Heritage

Three free events taking place at downtown Little Rock museums this summer will take you back in time—and we’d expect nothing less from the Arkansas Department of Heritage! The first takes place this weekend at the Old State House Museum, which served as Arkansas’s State Capitol from 1836 to 1911, when construction was completed on …
With roots in the 1800s, one of the oldest wineries in The Natural State is Wiederkehr Wine Cellars, located in the Arkansas River Valley. Atop St. Mary’s Mountain, the Wiederkehr family tradition of winemaking began in 1880 when Johann Andreas Wiederkehr and his family emigrated from Switzerland to America. The original hand-dug wine cellar, now …
Did you know that Arkansas Tourism has a Pinterest profile jam-packed with vacation ideas? Think of it as a one-stop shop for all things Arkansas travel. Inspiring photography will kick-start your daydreams, and our boards can help you plan pretty much any type of visit—from a quick weekender to a longer, statewide tour. Our boards are …
A new exhibit at the Old State House Museum illuminates the history of museums while offering visitors a glimpse of a collection that, though once public, now lives behind closed doors. “Cabinet of Curiosities”—the exhibit’s title is taken from the original German name for what we know as the modern-day museum—draws on the 7.5 million artifacts in …
The Museum of Native American History in Bentonville will host its debut Native American Cultural Symposium and Outdoor Film Series on June 2 – 4 with the theme, “The Wisdom of Black Elk’s Reunification Prophecies and Environmental Awareness.” The Symposium will feature noted speakers, authors, and performers, including: Gayle Ross, direct descendant of legendary Cherokee …
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 …
For the 5th year in a row, Buffalo National River Partners are offering an exploration of historic cemeteries. This year’s event starts at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 8. Local researcher and author, Abby Burnett, will be the guide through Kings, Reese, Whitehouse, and Mt. Zion cemeteries in Washington County. On the tour, you’ll learn about …