butler center for arkansas studies

The "Arkansas Declaration of Learning" in Support of Secondary Education

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), announces the launch of the "Arkansas Declaration of Learning" initiative in partnership with Secretary of State John F. Kerry, the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Arkansas Department of Education.

This innovative public-private partnership will initially work with up to 30 Arkansas teachers and school librarians teaching 7th-12th grade students in the fields of art, English language arts, and social studies to develop innovative curriculum that brings history to life and shares the importance of stewardship and civic engagement during the 2015-16 school year.

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Chris Engholm

Legacies & Lunch: Chris Engholm

White River Memoirs
Wednesday, May 6, noon-1 p.m.
Main Libraryís Darragh Center
100 Rock Street

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. Engholm will discuss his experiences on the river and present visual documentation of his findings.

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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.

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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 stateís 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.

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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

Apr

24

2015

on view now

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.

thru

May

30

2015

on view now

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.

thru

Jun

27

2015

on view now

An Exhibition by the Arkansas Society of Printmakers

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.

Loft Gallery
401 President Clinton Ave.

Apr

10

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.

May

6

2015

Legacies & Lunch: Chris Engholm
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 is showcased in a gallery exhibition, White River Memoirs, on view in Butler Center Galleries, 401 Pres. Clinton Ave., now through July 25, 2015. At Legacies & Lunch, Engholm will discuss his experiences and present visual documentation of his findings.

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

12:00pm - 1:00pm
CALS Main Library, Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

May

8

Jul

25

2015

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

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.