History and Heritage

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 …
George’s Majestic Lounge, the iconic bar and live music venue on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, has been around for 360 seasons – that is 90 glorious years – proving that the right people, passion and management, great live music, and a cold libation stand the test of time. George Pappas opened George’s in 1927 as …
I can’t think of a more appropriate place for a quilt trail than Stone County in Arkansas. The county seat is Mountain View, which bills itself as the “Folk Music Capital of the World.” It’s home to Ozark Folk Center State Park, America’s only park dedicated to Ozark folkways. Pioneer arts and crafts are practiced …
The devastating attack on Pearl Harbor that led to the United States’ entry into World War II took place 75 years ago on December 7, 1941.  Arkansas is uniquely poised to commemorate the event, because the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum (AIMM), anchored on the North Little Rock side of the Arkansas River, is the only …
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, …