history

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 …
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 …
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, …
It’s a familiar story: Girl meets boy. They fall in love. Boy has to go away for work. Girl follows boy halfway around the world. Girl dies. Locals name a mountain after her. Or something like that. Many of us know some version (or three) of the story of how Petit Jean Mountain got its name. …
The World War II Japanese American Internement Museum in McGehee tells the story of what could be considered one of the lesser known aspects of history in the Arkansas Delta. Jeff Owyoung, now mayor of McGehee, was involved with the project long before he became the executive officer of the town. Owyoung’s commitment to McGehee …
There are so many ways to explore the state of Arkansas, and the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program now offers another one with its Arkansas National Register Passport Program, which encourages tourism to Arkansas properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Of the more than 2,500 National Register properties in Arkansas, 26 are highlighted in the …