History and Heritage

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 …
Aspiring historians take note! The office of U.S. Senator John Boozman will host a workshop for the Veterans History Project (VHP) on March 18 at 1 p.m. at the Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park in Scott, Arkansas. The VHP is the world’s largest oral history archive, housed at the Library of Congress and containing more …
Food…glorious food!! Arkansas is home to some legendary restaurants, wonderful chefs, and amazing, tasty fare. And although the state has all varieties of halls of fame, it wasn’t until 2016 that the Department of Arkansas Heritage decided there needed to be an Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. Rightly so…and about time! The Arkansas Food Hall …
NOTE: The Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center announced today (Wednesday, March 8) that it is canceling the 2017 Bootlegger Daze due to the weather forecast for Saturday of a 100% chance of rain and a high of 39 degrees.  ———————————————— The town of Calico Rock officially kicks off its tourism season with its annual Bootlegger …