Commemoration Day Saturday at the Old State House Museum

Kerry Kraus

Saturday, April 30, the Old State House Museum in Little Rock is going to be rocking with activities. The day serves as the kick-off of Arkansas Heritage Month, theme of which is “Conflict and Consequence: Commemorating the Civil War.” It also is the official beginning of the state’s Sesquicentennial activities to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War. The Old State House is where the Arkansas secession convention took place 150 years ago on May 6, 1861.

Activities include a re-enactment of the final secession vote, flag presentations to local militia companies, re-enactors camped on the lawn, and viewing of a new AETN program entitled “Remembering the Civil War in Arkansas.”

A new exhibit –  An Enduring Union –  also opens Saturday. It focuses on why Arkansas commemorates its Civil War veterans and features artifacts documenting the post-war Confederate and Union veteran reunions in the state. Veterans’ reunions included speeches, picnics, parades, and the dedication of memorials. Little Rock hosted the 1911 National Reunion, and the city more than doubled in size during that time. On display are photographs, medals, memorabilia and uniforms.

A complete schedule of Saturday’s activities is available on the Old State House website.  Events take place throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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