We Wanna Boogie, by Marvin Schwarz

Legacies & Lunch: Marvin Schwarz

Wednesday, September 3
12:00 p.m.
Main Library Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Rockabilly great Sonny Burgess, of Newport, Arkansas, and his band the Legendary Pacers are the topic of We Wanna Boogie, a new release from Butler Center Books by Marvin Schwarz, who will speak at Legacies & Lunch, the Butler Center's monthly lecture series, on Wednesday, September 3, at noon in the Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. Books will be available for purchase; Schwartz, Burgess, and band members Jim Aldridge, Fred Douglas, Bobby Crafford, and Kern Kennedy will sign copies after the talk.

For more information, click here »

Arkansas in Ink, by Guy Lancaster

Arkansas in Ink Launch Party

Wednesday, September 17
6:00 p.m.
Main Library Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Arkansas in Ink: Gunslingers, Ghosts, and Other Graphic Tales, a special print edition of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture (EOA), edited by Guy Lancaster and illustrated by Ron Wolfe, provides an entertaining look at Arkansas's history through stories and cartoons. A launch party will be held on Wednesday, September 17, at 6 p.m. in the Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. Lancaster and Wolfe will speak about the book and sign copies, which will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, click here »

Suzy Bogguss

Suzy Bogguss

Saturday, September 27
7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Suzy Bogguss, a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, is a singer and songwriter who has received awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. In her latest album, Lucky, Bogguss shares her interpretations of songs by Merle Haggard. Tickets are $20, general admission, and are available online, and from Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Avenue.

For more information, click here »

Arkansas Vietnam War Project

Vietnam War Project Collects Memories of War

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies has initiated "The Arkansas Vietnam War Project" to document Arkansas's role in the war and preserve materials from the period. We want to ensure that these materials are preserved for educators, researchers, and family members to help future generations understand more about the war and our veterans' experiences in it. We believe it is critical to honor our veterans' service and contributions to the war effort.

For more information, click here »

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.

Apr

11

Aug

30

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

June

13

Aug

30

2014

on view now

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

on view now

Arkansas Homemakers: Home Demonstration and Extension Clubs

This exhibition celebrates 100 years of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Clubs with photographs from the Arkansas History Commission and paintings by Katherine Strause. The exhibition is inspired by A Splendid Piece of Work, by Elizabeth Griffin Hill; excerpts of this book are presented as well.

Underground Gallery

Aug

8

Nov

1

2014

on view now

Quapaw Quarter: Where Little Rock's History Lives

Drawings, blueprints, and photographs of buildings in Little Rock's historic Quapaw Quarter.

Butler Center Loft Gallery

Sep

3

2014

Legacies & Lunch: Marvin Schwarz

Rockabilly great Sonny Burgess, of Newport, Arkansas, and his band the Legendary Pacers are the topic of We Wanna Boogie, a new release from Butler Center Books by Marvin Schwarz, who will speak at Legacies & Lunch, the Butler Center's monthly lecture series, on Wednesday, September 3, at noon in the Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. Books will be available for purchase; Schwartz, Burgess, and band members Jim Aldridge, Fred Douglas, Bobby Crafford, and Kern Kennedy will sign copies after the talk. More info »

Main Library Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Sep

12

Dec

27

2014

ALAartShow: Fifth Annual Juried Exhibition of the Arkansas League of Artists

This exhibition features artwork by members of the Arkansas League of Artists (ALA) in a variety of media. This is the ALA’s fifth annual juried exhibition; Manuela Well-Off-Man, assistant curator of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, is the juror for this year’s show. The winner will be announced at the show’s opening reception on Friday, September 12, 5-8 p.m., as part of Second Friday Art Night.

Butler Center West Gallery

Sep

12

2014

Mar

15

2015

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

Sep

17

2014

Arkansas in Ink Launch Party

Arkansas in Ink: Gunslingers, Ghosts, and Other Graphic Tales, a special print edition of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture (EOA), edited by Guy Lancaster and illustrated by Ron Wolfe, provides an entertaining look at Arkansas's history through stories and cartoons. A launch party will be held on Wednesday, September 17, at 6 p.m. in the Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. Lancaster and Wolfe will speak about the book and sign copies, which will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. More info »

Main Library Darragh Center
100 Rock St.
6:00 p.m.

Sep

27

2014

Suzy Bogguss, an Arkansas Sounds Concert

Suzy Bogguss, a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, is a singer and songwriter who has received awards from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. In her latest album, Lucky, Bogguss shares her interpretations of songs by Merle Haggard. Tickets are $20, general admission, and are available online, and from Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Avenue.

For more information, click here »

CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 Rock St.
7:00 p.m.

Oct

10

Jan

24

2015

Johnny Cash: Arkansas Icon

An exhibition of posters and other resources by the UALR Center for Arkansas History & Culture.

Butler Center Underground Gallery