Celebrate Arkansas

Kerry Kraus

The Old State House Museum and Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock are celebrating the state’s Septaquintaquinquecentennial with two events in June. Not sure what that means? Well, it’s another name for 175th birthday of Arkansas’s statehood.

The first event takes place Saturday, June 11 with joint living history demonstrations, “175 Years of Arkansas Statehood.” Activities begin at the Historic Arkansas Museum
with living history demonstrations highlighting everyday life in Little Rock at the time of statehood. Visitors can participate in dancing, military drills, and 18th century chores from 9 a.m. to noon.

At 12 p.m.  the focus shifts to the Old State House

as participants and visitors walk over from the Historic Arkansas Museum. Once there, a 26-gun salute and the raising of a 26-star U.S. flag (for sister states Arkansas, the 25th state, and Michigan, the 26th state) takes place.

A Methodist camp meeting, a recreation of a 1830s trial, and the election of the first government officials for the new state of Arkansas are other activities. The Arkansas History Commission and State Archives will display Arkansas’s original 1836 Constitution. A performance of the period play, “The Blue Devils,” on the front lawn of the Old State House concludes the day. Admission to the celebration is free. For more information visit

or phone 501-324-9685.

Arkansas will have a Birthday Bash on June 15, the state’s actual birthday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Old State House. H
eld in the historic 1885 House of Representatives Chamber, t
he celebration includes a cocktail party with food and drink, entertainment, and a silent auction of Arkansas gifts and events. Arkansas artist Pat Matthews will paint a picture of the Arkansas Flag on-site, which will then be included in the auction.

Tickets for Arkansas’s 175th Birthday Party are $75 per person. For more information contact Sammye Johnston by e-mail or by calling 501-664-1879.



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