History and Heritage

To celebrate the arrival later this year of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shapes America,” to the Old Independence Regional Museum in Batesville, the museum is focusing on community sports throughout 2107. It will display a regional exhibit titled “Our Teams – Our Pride,” which features local sports history, and offer …
There is so much going on in Central Arkansas in the coming week that it barely fits into seven days. Whether you’re in the mood for art, history, music, food, shopping or all of the above, we’ve got something to occupy you. Appreciate the arts A new exhibit of early works by photographer Ansel Adams …
This month brings two great events for kids of all ages to enjoy in the Arkansas Delta. On February 11, the Mississippi River State Park in Marianna welcomes Raptor Rehab of Central Arkansas. The staff of Raptor Rehab will have several different raptors on-hand during a question and answer session about the feathered predators. Participants …
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 …