Arky: The Saga of the USS Arkansas

Butler Center Books Launch Party

Thursday, May 21, 2015
CALS Main Library Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Wine and cheese pair well with new books. Butler Center Books will host a party to celebrate its new releases. These include They’ll Do to Tie To! The Story of Hood’s Arkansas Toothpicks by Maj. Calvin L. Collier, with a preface by Mark K. Christ; Arky: The Saga of the USS Arkansas by Ray Hanley and Steven Hanley; and To Can the Kaiser: Arkansas and the Great War, edited by Michael D. Polston and Guy Lancaster. At the party, authors/editors will speak about their work and sign books, which will be available for purchase. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

More info »

roosevelt thompson

Legacies & Lunch: Remembering Rosey

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue

Roosevelt Thompson was an extremely gifted young man who had a bright future in public service before his tragic death in an automobile accident in 1984. This year is the 35th anniversary of Thompson's graduation from Little Rock's Central High School, where he was student body president, an All-Star football player, and a National Merit Scholar. At this special Legacies & Lunch program, historic video footage featuring Thompson and others will be shown. A panel will discuss how his memory lives on today.

More info »

the wildflowers

The Wildflowers (Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, & Mandy McBryde)
An Arkansas Sounds Concert

Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, and Mandy McBryde have recently formed the Wildflowers, performing music with folk, country, rock, and blues influences. This concert will feature a brief solo set by each artist, followed up with a full set to be performed by the trio with a backing band. Tickets are $10, general admission, and available at www.cals.org/tickets and Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed, but may be picked up at the will-call table in the lobby of the theater at 6 p.m., one hour prior to the show. If not sold out, tickets may also be purchased at that time.

More info »

Arky: The Saga of the USS Arkansas

Arky: The Saga of the USS Arkansas

While little has been written about the USS Arkansas, this battleship carried the state’s name through a Mexican invasion, two world wars, and into the atomic age.

Now the intriguing history of the ship and its rightful place in modern history is told in a new book: Arky: The Saga of the USS Arkansas by Ray Hanley and Steven Hanley, just released from Butler Center Books.

More info »

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Butler eBanner

The Butler eBanner, the quarterly electronic newsletter of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, has all the latest news about Butler Center collections, the Arkansas Sounds Music Series, Butler Center art galleries and exhibitions, and more. To see an archive of the eBanner, click here »

For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

finding family facts

Finding Family Facts

Every second Monday
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Arkansas Studies Institute Building, Room 204
401 President Clinton Ave.

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

The Butler Center

arkansas studies institute building

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), was created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture.

The research collections and offices are located in the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) at 401 President Clinton Ave, located on the Main Library campus in the River Market. The ASI is a partnership between CALS and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, through which the two institutions have made more than 10 million documents and photographs on Arkansas history available for public use.

Research Room

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5700
Email: arkinfo@cals.org

Art Galleries

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5790
Fax: 501.537.4559

Butler Center Offices

Mon.-Fri.: 9am-5pm
Phone: 501.320.5700
Fax: 501.537.4559

Mailing Address

The Butler Center
Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR  72201

Street Address

The Butler Center
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72201
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Every
2nd
Mon.

Finding Family Facts

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

Room 204, 401 President Clinton Avenue
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

thru

May

30

2015

on view now

Captured Images: Photographs from the Collection

From Bruce Jackson’s poignant portraits of Cummins Prison inmates to the compelling documentary photography of Alex Leme, this exhibition of photography from the Central Arkansas Library System’s collection presents a diverse representation of the people and places of Arkansas. Featured artists also include Gary Cawood, Thomas Harding, Benjamin Krain, David Mann, Barney Sellers, and more.

Butler Center Underground Gallery
401 President Clinton Ave.

thru

Jun

27

2015

on view now

An Exhibition by the Arkansas Society of Printmakers

From Bruce Jackson’s poignant portraits of Cummins Prison inmates to the compelling documentary photography of Alex Leme, this exhibition of photography from the Central Arkansas Library System’s collection presents a diverse representation of the people and places of Arkansas. Featured artists also include Gary Cawood, Thomas Harding, Benjamin Krain, David Mann, Barney Sellers, and more.

Loft Gallery
401 President Clinton Ave.

thru

Jul

25

2015

on view now

White River Memoirs

The White River and its tributaries represent the most ecologically intact watershed in the continental United States. Over a million people inhabit it, living in 234 communities in 60 counties. For the past two years, Chris Engholm has traveled the White River in a cedar strip canoe, listening to people connected to it and collecting the artwork of 25 fine artists who maintain a special relationship with the river. This artwork, photographs, and information about the river are presented in White River Memoirs.

Concordia Hall Gallery
401 President Clinton Ave.

thru

Jul

25

2015

on view now

Human Faces & Landscapes: Paintings by Sui Hoe Khoo

Sui Hoe Khoo is a graduate of the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. In 1974, he was awarded a scholarship grant from the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Fund to study the development of contemporary art in the United States. Currently a resident of Jacksonville, Arkansas, Khoo has held numerous international solo and group exhibitions of his distinctive portrait and landscape paintings.

Butler Center West Gallery
401 President Clinton Ave.

May

21

2015

New Butler Center Books Feature Civil War, WWI, and USS Arkansas Histories

Wine and cheese pair well with new books. Butler Center Books will host a party to celebrate its new releases on Thursday, May 21, at 6 p.m. in the Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. These include They’ll Do to Tie To! The Story of Hood's Arkansas Toothpicks by Maj. Calvin L. Collier, with a preface by Mark K. Christ; Arky: The Saga of the USS Arkansas by Ray Hanley and Steven Hanley; and To Can the Kaiser: Arkansas and the Great War, edited by Michael D. Polston and Guy Lancaster. At the party, authors/editors will speak about their work and sign books, which will be available for purchase. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

6:00pm
CALS Main library Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

May

29

2015

The Wildflowers (Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, & Mandy McBryde)
An Arkansas Sounds Concert

Amy Garland, Bonnie Montgomery, and Mandy McBryde have recently formed the Wildflowers, performing music with folk, country, rock, and blues influences. This concert will feature a brief solo set by each artist, followed up with a full set to be performed by the trio with a backing band. Tickets are $10, general admission, and available at www.cals.org/tickets and Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed, but may be picked up at the will-call table in the lobby of the theater at 6 p.m., one hour prior to the show. If not sold out, tickets may also be purchased at that time.

7:00pm
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jun

3

2015

Legacies & Lunch: Remembering Rosey

Roosevelt Thompson was an extremely gifted young man who had a bright future in public service before his tragic death in an automobile accident in 1984. This year is the 35th anniversary of Thompson’s graduation from Little Rock’s Central High School, where he was student body president, an All-Star football player, and a National Merit Scholar. Thompson went on to attend Yale University, which has established a prestigious prize in his honor. While at Yale, he was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. It was widely believed that Thompson was poised to become Arkansas’s first African American governor. At this special Legacies & Lunch program, co-hosted by the Clinton School of Public Service, historic video footage featuring Thompson, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and others, will be shown. A panel, including Elaine Dumas, one of his teachers and mentors; Lee Thompson, his brother; and Beth Felton, his classmate at Central and a staff member at the CALS Roosevelt Thompson Branch Library, will discuss how his memory lives on today. Following this discussion, attendees may share memories and ask questions.

12:00pm
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jul

24

2015

Genealogy Conference Meet & Greet

This event is a casual opportunity for conference attendees to meet each other and this year’s featured expert, Lisa Louise Cooke. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. More info »

4:00 - 6:00pm
ASI Room 124
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jul

25

2015

Genealogy Conference 2015

The Butler Center is pleased to host Lisa Louise Cooke, owner of www.genealogygems.com, as speaker for its annual genealogy workshop. This day-long workshop, held in the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater on the Main Library campus, is free and open to the public; registration is required and will be available in early 2015. More info »

9:00am - 4:00pm
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.