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
Campus Parking Lot Rates

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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

Mar

15

2015

on view now

Echoes of the Ancestors: Native American Objects from the University of Arkansas Museum

An artistic display of objects created by Native Americans in ceramics, wood, grass, cane, and shell materials.

Butler Center Concordia Hall

thru

Jan

24

2015

on view now

Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon

Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon explores the musician's Arkansas connections over the decades, covering his childhood in Dyess, Arkansas, through his comeback at the turn of the twenty-first century. The exhibition places special emphasis on connections between his Arkansas roots and his music from his first performance in Little Rock in 1955 to a 2002 music video. Though Cash's career took him far from Arkansas, he never quite severed his Arkansas ties. This exhibition tells that story through narrative and archival photographs from the CAHC and other collections.

Butler Center Underground Gallery

thru

Feb

28

2015

on view now

Of the Soil: Photography by Geoff Winningham

Of the Soilem> features a collection of photographs highlighting Arkansasís vernacular architecture, which reflects local traditions.

Butler Center Loft Gallery

Jan

9

2015

Velvet Kente Arkestra

Arkansas Sounds presents the Velvet Kente Arkestra, an expanded version of the band Velvet Kente, on Friday, January 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave. Theater doors open at 6:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10, and are available online and at the Butler Center Galleries, 401 Pres. Clinton Ave., Mon.-Sat. 9am-6pm. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed; they may be picked up in the theaterís lobby one hour before the show.

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.
7:30 p.m.

Jan

9

Apr

24

2015

Reflections on Line & Mass: Paintings & Sculpture by Robyn Horn

Robyn Horn, a noted painter and sculptor based in Little Rock, is an abstract artist who is drawn to forms, textures, negative space, tension, and movement. She seeks to preserve the individual character of her materials and to combine the curving lines of nature with the angular lines of geometry. Horn began showing work in 1988 and has been included in exhibitions around the world. Her work has been collected by museums throughout the United States and in London, and she has received numerous awards, including a Winthrop Rockefeller Memorial Award from the Arkansas Arts Center and a Distinguished Service Award from the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Feb

4

2015

Legacies & Lunch: Black History Month Panel Discussion

In honor of Black History Month, Legacies & Lunch will feature community leader Freeman McKindra Sr., Butler Center staff member Rhonda Stewart, and Henderson State University history professor John Graves, on the benefits and detriments of denoting a specific month for African American history. Does the promotion of Black History Month lead to decreased attention to this topic in other months, or does setting aside an entire month build commitment to the history of African Americans? Audience members are invited to hear our panelistsí opinions and ask questions at the end of the discussion. This special program is co-hosted by the Clinton School of Public Service and will take place in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

Legacies & Lunch is sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided.

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

Feb

13

2015

Charley Sandage & Harmony: An Arkansas Sounds Concert

Charley Sandage and Harmony, a Mountain View trio comprising Mary and Robert Gillihan and Dave Smith, present original songs that tell stories about people and events that shaped Arkansas. The group uses an array of traditional instruments including fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, autoharp, bass, button accordion, harmonica, pickiní bow, and spoons.

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.
7:30 p.m.

Feb

23

2015

Bill Frisell & Kenny Wollesen: An Arkansas Sounds Concert

Bill Frisell is a guitarist, composer, and arranger who is one of the leading guitarists in jazz. His eclectic music touches on progressive folk, classical music, country music, noise music, and more. He is known for using an array of effects to create unique sounds with his instrument. Since 1983, Frisell has released over 30 albums, received numerous Grammy nominations, and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2005. Kenny Wollesen, a drummer and percussionist, has recorded and toured with artists such as Tom Waits, Sean Lennon, Norah Jones, and John Zorn, among many others. He has been featured on over 50 albums, including the soundtrack to the popular childrenís show, The Backyardigans.

Tickets are $20, general admission, and will be available for purchase here online and at Butler Center Galleries, 401 Pres. Clinton Ave., beginning Monday, January 26. Tickets purchased online will not be mailed, but may be picked up in the lobby of the Ron Robinson Theater one hour prior to the show. If the event is not sold out, remaining tickets may be purchased at the will-call table as well.

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.
7:00 p.m.

Feb

13

May

30

2015

Captured Images: Photographs from the Collection

From Bruce Jacksonís poignant portraits of Cummins Prison inmates to the compelling documentary photography of Alex Leme, this exhibition of photography from the Central Arkansas Library Systemís 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.