Iris DeMent

Iris DeMent in Concert

Saturday, May 10
7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Iris DeMent, born in Paragould, Arkansas, and the last of 14 children, is a contemporary folk singer and songwriter country legend Merle Haggard calls "the best singer I’ve ever heard." General admission tickets for this Arkansas Sounds concert are $30.

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Legacies & Lunch

Legacies & Lunch

Wednesday, May 7
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Main Library, Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Mark Christ, outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program at the Department of Arkansas Heritage and winner of the 2013 Booker Worthen prize, will discuss This Day We Marched Again: A Union Soldier's Account of War in Arkansas and the Trans-Mississippi, a new release from Butler Center Books which Christ edited. It is the diary of Jacob Haas, a German immigrant from Wisconsin who saw some of the war's most savage combat in the west, including heated battles at Newtonia, Missouri and Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas. Though Haas's health was ruined by war, he voiced no regrets for the price he paid to fight for his adopted country.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase; Christ will sign books after the program. Legacies & Lunch is sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Please bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided.

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: 501.320.5754
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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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.

Mar

14

May

24

2014

on view now

Southern Voices

Southern Voices features contemporary textile works related to the folk art quilt tradition. This show is the regional exhibition of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibition, professional development, documentation, and publications. SAQA defines an art quilt as "a creative visual work that is layered or stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure." SAQA was founded in 1989 by a group of 50 artists and now has over 3,000 members.

Butler Center West Gallery

Mar

14

June

28

2014

on view now

An Exhibition of the Arkansas Printmakers Association

This show features prints in a variety of artistic media by members of the Arkansas Printmakers Association (ASP). Artists whose work will be shown include Robert Bean, Win Bruhl, Warren Criswell, Debi Findley, Melissa Gill, Diane Harper, Neal Harrington, Stephanie Kosakowski, Evan Lindquist, Dominique Simmons, Tom Sullivan, David Warren, Jorey May Greene, and Jane Watson.

Butler Center Galleries

Apr

11

Jul

24

2014

on view now

Detachment: Work by Robert Reep

Detachment is an exhibition of mixed media collage by Robert Reep, a Little Rock artist and owner of Chroma Gallery. Reep describes his artwork as "spirited and sophisticated artifacts that reflect [his] curiosity, emotion and enthusiasm for the inventory and activity of daily life."

Loft Gallery

Apr

11

Aug

23

2014

on view now

Drawn In: New Art from WWII Camps at Rohwer and Jerome

This show features artwork created by people held in the Japanese American internment camps in Arkansas during World War II. The exhibition was inspired by the Butler Center's remarkable collection of art work from the camp at Rohwer, donated by Rosalie Santine Gould of McGehee, and by the extraordinary generosity of people who lived in the camps or had loved ones who did and wanted the Butler Center to have more art created at the camps at Rohwer and Jerome.

Concordia Gallery

May

7

2014

Legacies & Lunch: Mark Christ

Mark Christ, outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program at the Department of Arkansas Heritage and winner of the 2013 Booker Worthen prize, will discuss This Day We Marched Again: A Union Soldier's Account of War in Arkansas and the Trans-Mississippi, a new release from Butler Center Books which Christ edited. It is the diary of Jacob Haas, a German immigrant from Wisconsin who saw some of the war's most savage combat in the west, including heated battles at Newtonia, Missouri and Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas. Though Haas's health was ruined by war, he voiced no regrets for the price he paid to fight for his adopted country.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase; Christ will sign books after the program. Legacies & Lunch is sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Please bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided.

Main Library, Darragh Center
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

May

10

2014

Iris DeMent, an Arkansas Sounds Concert

Iris DeMent, an Arkansas native singer and songwriter, will be in concert at the Ron Robinson Theater. General admission tickets to this Arkansas Sounds concert are $30. More info »

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
7:00 p.m.

June

13

Aug

30

2014

State Youth Art Show 2014: An Exhibition by the Arkansas Art Educators

This show features dynamic works of art by talented students across Arkansas, from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The works featured are the Best of Show winners from seven regions of the state. The Arkansas Art Educators is a group of art teachers from around the state who work with the Arkansas Department of Education to provide high quality in-service training and to promote student art.

West Gallery

Jul

11

Sep

27

2014

An Exhibition by the Arkansas Extension Homemakers

This exhibition features artwork, photographs, and memorabilia celebrating 100 years of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers. Pictured here is a diptych oil painting entitled "4H" by Katherine Strauss, department chair and associate professor of art at Henderson University, whose work is included in the show.

Underground Gallery

Jul

19

2014

2014 Genealogy Conference

The Butler Center is pleased to host Billie Fogarty, M.Ed, of Oklahoma City, 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.

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.