Images of America: Little Italy

Legacies & Lunch: Chris Dorer

Wednesday, May 4, noon
Main Library, Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Little Italy, a community in central Arkansas, was settled in 1915 by Italian immigrants. Although it was smaller than other Italian colonies in the state, such as Tontitown or Lake Village, Little Italy's centralized location and skilled winemakers contributed to a Prohibition-era oasis where clean alcohol was available during a time that many died due to poisonous alcohol sold by amateur distillers. Chris Dorer, author of Images of America: Little Italy and chair of the history department at Central High School, will speak about his research on this community and his book, published in 2015. Books will be available for sale at the program, and Dorer will sign copies after his talk.

Encyclopedia of Arkansas

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas's 10th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, May 6, 5pm
ASI Building, Butler Center Galleries
401/409 President Clinton Ave.

Help us celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas (EOA), which debuted on May 2, 2006, as a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS). We will hold a reception in the Butler Center Galleries on the first floor of the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) building in downtown Little Rock on Friday, May 6, at 5 p.m. to honor past and present EOA staff; the many authors, reviewers, and other contributors to the EOA; and the project's myriad supporters and well-wishers. More info »

Charlie Rich, Jr. and Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers

Charlie Rich Jr. and Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers

Friday, May 20, 7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
General Admission: $15

Charlie Rich Jr. will perform a tribute to his Grammy Award-winning father, Charlie Rich, and Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers will present their signature rock music.

More info »

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Tune in to CALS on KABF 88.3 Each Friday

Catch Radio CALS, a weekly two-hour radio show on KABF 88.3 FM, each Friday, noon-2 p.m. Radio CALS features music and stories about Arkansas from the collections of the Butler Center, the CALS Arkansas history department, as well as news of CALS programs and services. Listen live on www.kabf.org or anytime at www.soundcloud.com/radiocals.
More info »

Little Rock Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary Drill Team

New Online Resources Highlight Women's History

Click here to see over 200 newly digitized documents and photos related to the lives of Arkansas women.

Highlights include thirty-eight issues of the Arkansas White Ribboner, a temperance paper published by the Arkansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union, a series of documents related to Laura Cornelius Conner's stint on the Penitentiary Commission in the early 1920s, a 1903 Maddox Seminary yearbook, and rare photographs of some of Arkansas's early female leaders.
More info »

Photo: Little Rock Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary Drill Team

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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.

All are invited to share their thoughts and memories of Roosevelt Thompson by sending an email to RememberingRosey[at]cals[dot]org. Contributions may be viewed here »

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Feb

12

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Apr

30

2016

on view now

Painting 360: A Look at Contemporary Panoramic Painting

This exhibition features works in a variety of media by artists who explore the possibilities of looking at the world beyond the edges of a viewfinder as they create images on curved surfaces. Artists whose work is featured in Painting 360° include Marcia Clark, Nicholas Evans-Cato, Christopher Evans, Amer Kobaslija, Jackie Lima, Matthew Lopas, Carrie O'Coyle, and Melissa Cowper Smith.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Mar

11

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Jun

25

2016

on view now

Jeanfo: We Belong to Nature

This exhibition features a collection of sculpture and paintings by internationally recognized artist Jeanfo.

West Gallery, Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Mar

11

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May

28

2016

on view now

Twists & Strands: Exploring the Edges

Twist & Strands explores the organic forms and shapes found in the natural world in a collaborative installation of Barbara Satterfield's sculptural ceramics and Michelle Fox's volumetric jewelry.

Loft Gallery, Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Apr

8

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Aug

27

2016

on view now

Culture Shock: Shine Your Rubies, Hide Your Diamonds

Culture Shock is a multi-disciplinary collective of Arkansas artists committed to exploring significant contemporary issues through the use of varied artistic practice to engage each other and the public. Artists featured in this exhibition include Melissa Cowper-Smith, Melissa Gill, Tammy Harrington, Dawn Holder, Jessie Hornbrook, Holly Laws, Sandra Luckett, Morgan Page, and Rachel Trusty.

Concordia Hall, Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Apr

22

2016

Bob Boyd Sounds

The Bob Boyd Sounds, led by Boyd, will present a retrospective celebration of Boyd's career, featuring piano, accordion, and vocal performances. More info »

7:00pm
General Admission: $5
Ages 15 & under: FREE
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

May

4

2016

Legacies & Lunch: Chris Dorer

Little Italy, a community in central Arkansas, was settled in 1915 by Italian immigrants. Although it was smaller than other Italian colonies in the state, such as Tontitown or Lake Village, Little Italy's centralized location and skilled winemakers contributed to a Prohibition-era oasis where clean alcohol was available during a time that many died due to poisonous alcohol sold by amateur distillers. Chris Dorer, author of Images of America: Little Italy and chair of the history department at Central High School, will speak about his research on this community and his book, published in 2015. Books will be available for sale at the program, and Dorer will sign copies after his talk.

12:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
Main Library, Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

May

6

2016

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas's 10th Anniversary Celebration

Help us celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas (EOA), which debuted on May 2, 2006, as a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS). We will hold a reception in the Butler Center Galleries on the first floor of the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) building in downtown Little Rock on Friday, May 6, at 5 p.m. to honor past and present EOA staff; the many authors, reviewers, and other contributors to the EOA; and the project's myriad supporters and well-wishers. At 6 p.m., Butler Center manager David Stricklin and EOA editor Guy Lancaster will make a few remarks, including several big announcements about what is coming up for the EOA. We will enjoy libations, light hors d'oeuvres, and cake. More info »

5:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
ASI Building, Butler Center Galleries
401/409 President Clinton Ave.

May

20

2016

Charlie Rich Jr. and Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers

Charlie Rich Jr. will perform a tribute to his Grammy Award-winning father, Charlie Rich, and Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers will present their signature rock music. More info »

7:00pm
Free and Open to the Public
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.