News & Events

Welcome to the Butler Center’s News & Events page. From here, you can view upcoming events, review our news archive, and find back copies of our newsletter, the Butler Banner.

Every
2nd
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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.

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 Jackson’s poignant portraits of Cummins Prison inmates to the compelling documentary photography of Alex Leme, this exhibition of photography from the Central Arkansas Library System’s 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 Jackson’s poignant portraits of Cummins Prison inmates to the compelling documentary photography of Alex Leme, this exhibition of photography from the Central Arkansas Library System’s 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

1

2015

Legacies & Lunch: Dr. Brian Mitchell
Exiled: The Story of Arkansas’s Free Black Expulsion of 1860

Following John Brown’s Harper ferry raid, Arkansas would become the only state to prohibit free blacks from residing within its borders. Free blacks within the state were given only two options: Leave the state by January 1, 1860, or be sold into slavery. Hundreds of free blacks were uprooted from their homes and with few states willing to accept them, many roamed the nation in bands and small family groups in hope of finding sanctuary. The lecture will explore this little-known chapter of Arkansas history and will shed light on the state’s other Trail of Tears.

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.

Apr

10

Jul

25

2015

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.

Apr

17

2015

Brian Nahlen
An Arkansas Sounds Concert

Singer/songwriter Brian Nahlen, a North Little Rock native, will perform a few Beatles favorites, such as “Blackbird,” “Norwegian Wood,” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and original music from his debut album, Better Than I Thought It Could Be, to be released in February, 2015. Tickets are $5, general admission, and will be available at the door of Hillcrest Hall at 6 p.m., one hour prior to the show.

7:00pm
Hillcrest Hall
1501 Kavanaugh Blvd.

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

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.

Last Days in Vietnam

Saturday, March 21, 2:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Free Admission

The emergency evacuation of U.S. forces in the final days of the Vietnam War is examined in Last Days in Vietnam, a PBS American Experience film which has been nominated for numerous awards including an Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film premieres in Arkansas at the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., on Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served, and the doors will open at 1:30 p.m. The television broadcast premiere is Tuesday, April 28, at 8 p.m. on AETN. More info »

The Disappearance of Maud Crawford

The disappearance of Maud Crawford, an attorney and prominent civic leader in Camden, on March 2, 1957, is the most widely-publicized mystery in Arkansas history. She disappeared from her home on a cold, rainy, foggy Saturday night for no apparent reason. No body, clue, trace or motive was found by the original police investigation.

Following a 16-month investigation into the mystery, Brickell wrote a 19-article investigative series that ran on the front page of the Arkansas Gazette in 1986 over a five-month period with the title, "Mystery at Camden." Brickell's book, The Disappearance of Maud Crawford, is an introduction and re-print of her Gazette investigative series.

More info »

posted March 4, 2015

Legacies & Lunch: Black History Month

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 panelists’ 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.

posted January 5, 2015

Legacies & Lunch: Ed Bethune

Ed Bethune, who served three terms in the United States House of Representatives, will share details about his childhood during World War II, his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, and his time as a special agent in the FBI. He will also discuss his family, cultural changes in his lifetime, and his career as a prosecuting attorney and trial lawyer. Finally, Bethune will share an exciting story about how he and his wife attempted to sail across the Atlantic Ocean in a 31-foot sailboat, detailed in his memoir, Jackhammered. Copies of Jackhammered and Gay Panic in the Ozarks, a novel by Bethune, will be available for sale; Bethune will sign books after the program.

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

posted January 5, 2015

Two Literary Prizes to Be Awarded at A Prized Evening

Two Arkansas authors, William D. Lindsey and Mara Leveritt, will be honored at A Prized Evening, the annual awarding of the Worthen and Porter Literary Prizes, on Thursday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m., in the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. A book signing and reception will follow the presentation, which is free and open to the public. Reservations are appreciated, but not required. RSVP to kchagnon@cals.org or 501-918-3033. More info »

posted October 2, 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 »

posted August 20, 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 »

posted August 20, 2014

Vietnam War Project Collects Memories of War

During the Vietnam War over 58,000 Americans were killed, including 592 Arkansans. The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), has launched the Arkansas Vietnam War Project to gather and share personal stories of Arkansans from the war. More info »

posted August 8, 2014

Arkansas Home Demonstration Clubs: A Legacy of Self Sufficient Women

Arkansas Home Demonstration Clubs have been an outlet for strong, self-sufficient women in our state for over one hundred years. This history is detailed in A Splendid Piece of Work by Elizabeth Griffin Hill, who will speak at Legacies & Lunch on Wednesday, July 2, at noon, in the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. Copies of the book will be available for sale, and Hill will sign books after her talk. More info »

posted June 16, 2014

Genealogy Conference Looks at Land Records

When studying a family tree, it might help to think about where it grows. Using land records in genealogical research will be discussed in depth at the Butler Center's Genealogy Conference 2014, featuring Billie M. Fogarty, M. Ed., on Saturday, July 19, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. The conference is free and open to the public; registration is required. More info »

posted June 16, 2014

Arkansas Sounds Presents Dave Rosen Big Band

Jazz lovers may jump at a chance to hear a 17-piece big band in July. Arkansas Sounds' concert series will host the Dave Rosen Big Band on Saturday, July 26, at 8:00 p.m., in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater. Tickets are $10, general admission, and will be available beginning Monday, June 23, at www.arkansassounds.org and Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Avenue. More info »

posted June 16, 2014

Legacies & Lunch: Mark Christ

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." She will be in concert, sponsored by Arkansas Sounds, at the Ron Robinson Theater Saturday, May 10, at 7:00 p.m. Buy tickets or more info »

posted March 22, 2014

Iris DeMent, an Arkansas Sounds Concert

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. More info »

posted March 22, 2014

Salty Old Editor: A Conversation with Charlotte Schexnayder

At Legacies & Lunch, David Stricklin, manager of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, will interview Charlotte Tillar Schexnayder – a well known and influential voice in the life and politics of the Delta, member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, and pioneer among women in the professions of politics and journalism – about her legacy of public service. More info »

posted March 13, 2014

Explore Women's History in Arkansas

"Well-behaved women seldom make history." March is Women's History Month and an excellent time to explore the Butler Center's resources about Arkansan women. Some of the best collections to look at are those of the Arkansas Hadassah Chapter, a women's Zionist organization; the Arkansas Women's Christian Temperance Union; Brownie Ledbetter, a Little Rock social and political advocate; Laura Cornelius Conner, a courageous woman who worked in the early 20th century to reform the state's penitentiary system; and Willie Oates, "Arkansas's Hat Lady" who was involved with over fifty organizations. Anyone can research these collections, and Butler Center staff are pleased to assist and answer questions at any time.

To learn more, contact 320-5700 or visit the research room on the second floor of the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) building, 401 President Clinton Ave, Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS).

posted February 26, 2014

Legacies & Lunch: Dr. Ann Early

The University of Arkansas Museum Collections may contain prehistoric collections, but they are far from ancient history. Dr. Ann Early, State Archeologist, will discuss a sample of recent and ongoing research projects that use old collections, some nearly a century old, kept safe here in Arkansas. The results include major advances in Arkansas studies and contributions to studies of human history on a national and international scale. More info »

posted February 26, 2014

See New Prints and Art Quilts at Second Friday Art Night

Exhibitions of the Studio Art Quilts Association and the Arkansas Society of Printmakers will open at Second Friday Art Night, March 14, 5-8 p.m. in the Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave. Second Friday Art Night is a free, once-a-month opportunity to visit downtown Little Rock's galleries, museums, and businesses after hours. More info »

posted February 26, 2014

Legacies & Lunch: Kay Goss

Kay C. Goss, an educator and long-time aide to President Clinton in the Governor's Office and at the US Federal Emergency Management Agency, will discuss her biography of Arkansas's longest-serving congressman, Mr. Chairman: The Life and Legacy of Wilbur D. Mills. More info »

posted October 23, 2013

Theater Named for Robinson, Who Donated Arkansas Music and Film History Collection

If Arkansas was included in a piece of music or a film, Ron Robinson wanted it represented in his collection. The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will house and begin to catalog Robinson's vast collection of sheet music, film posters, and other memorabilia connecting those industries with Arkansas's history and culture. More info »

posted October 10, 2013

CALS Tailgate Party Celebrates New Butler Center Book

Fans aren't the only ones who call the Hogs. Voices of the Razorbacks, which has just been released by Butler Center Books, traces the history of the Razorback broadcasters who many fans grew up hearing. Celebrate the launch of this book at a free book signing and tailgate party in the Main Library's garden and Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 5. More info »

posted August 23, 2013

Butler Center Reveals Secrets of Historic Cemetery, Family Research Tips

Uncovering family secrets can be thrilling, no matter whose family holds them. In August, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) patrons may learn about long-buried local mysteries as well as their own family history. Legacies & Lunch, a free program offered by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies on the first Wednesday of each month, will feature Jan Davenport, historian of the Oakland-Fraternal Cemetery, on Wednesday, August 7, noon - 1 p.m. in the Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. More info »

posted July 24, 2013

History of Razorback Voices Offered in New Butler Center Book

Established more than sixty years ago, the Razorback broadcasting network was a pioneering effort in collegiate sports. With announcers such as Bud Campbell and Paul Eells at the microphone, it has become an enduring feature of life in Arkansas. The Razorback network, from its modest beginning to its growth into a major force in sports broadcasting, is the basis of Voices of the Razorbacks, by Hoyt Purvis and Stanley Sharp, which has just been released by Butler Center Books. More info »

posted July 19, 2013

Encyclopedia of Arkansas Mobile Site Wins Award of Merit

Fans of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture (EOA) have appreciated the site's mobile version since it launched in January 2013. They aren't the only ones. The EOA mobile site has received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. More info »

posted July 9, 2013

Legacies & Lunch Looks at Arkansas's Controversial Early Banks

Stereotypes hold that rural people in early Arkansas kept their money under their mattresses. Maybe they had the right idea back then. The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies will host "The High Costs of Arkansas's Early Banks," a free talk by Dr. Scott Lien. Lien will discuss Arkansas's experiences with the state's first two chartered banks, from the days before the Civil War. More info»

posted June 21, 2013

Legacies & Lunch Hosts Music Industry Legend Bill Carter

Who did the Rolling Stones call when they were arrested in Arkansas? Who represented Reba McEntire when she launched her career? Arkansas native Bill Carter will discuss his exciting, wildly varied career as an attorney, agent, and more at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies' Legacies & Lunch on Wednesday, June 5, at noon in the Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. More info»

posted May 24, 2013

Butler Center Books Feature Humanitarians and Gangsters

What does a retired gangster who can't quit the crime scene have to do with a civic leader who strives to support the common good? They are both highlighted in the latest publications by Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Butler Center Books.

For more information, click here »

posted May 10, 2013

Local Author Receives Library's Prize for Work on Civil War in Arkansas

As one of the most fertile regions in the South, the Arkansas River Valley was highly contested territory during the Civil War. While the Siege on Vicksburg raged, equally important battles were fought here in Arkansas. This struggle is the topic of Mark Christ's nonfiction work, Civil War Arkansas 1863, which has been selected to receive the 2013 Booker Worthen Literary Prize, awarded by the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS).

For more information, click here »

posted May 8, 2013

Butler Center Galleries to Host Creative Expressions Exhibition

O'Keefe, van Gough, and Pollock may have distinct artistic styles, yet they share a similarity – they all dealt with mental illness throughout their lives and artistic careers. "Creative Expressions," a new art exhibition featuring the work of artists engaged in the Creative Expressions Program at the Arkansas State Hospital, will open at the Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave., on Friday, May 10, at 5 p.m., as part of Second Friday Art Night.

For more information, click here »

posted May 6, 2013

Teens Have Opportunity to Look Back on Brinkley Academy's History

Modern day teens can see how a school in rural eastern Arkansas served the needs of African American students who received direction and inspiration for nearly six decades through an exhibit of photographs. "Old School: Remembering the Brinkley Academy" will be on display at the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Level 4 Teen Center, 100 Rock Street from Monday, April 8 through Saturday, June 29.

For more information, click here »

posted April 10, 2013

Professor to Discuss Southern Rock's Influence in 1970s Britain

Arkansas Sounds, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and the UALR History Department's Mabel W. Formica and Santo D. Formica Endowment Speaker Series will present "Don't Believe in Taxes or Policemen: The Strange Career of Jim Dandy and Southern Rock in 1970s Britain", at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, at the Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. For more information, click here »

posted October 12, 2012

Nixon Library Sculpture Request for Proposal

The Central Arkansas Library System ("CALS") and the City of Jacksonville wish to commission an artist educated in or currently residing in Arkansas to create a permanent outdoor artwork to be exhibited on the campus of the Nixon Library in downtown Jacksonville.

The theme for the artwork needs to address the importance of transportation – especially flight – to the City of Jacksonville. Both objective and non-objective styles are encouraged. Interested artists should submit for review and consideration a proposal for the finished artwork with a proposed budget, a resume, and a portfolio of images of completed artworks. For the official RFP, click here »

posted October 12, 2012

Concert to Benefit Arkansas Sounds Music Festival

Adam Faucett, a widely known folk rocker, and Ben Nichols, the lead singer of Lucero-both Arkansas natives-will perform at a concert on Saturday, September 15 at 9 p.m. at the Revolution Room (300 President Clinton Ave.) to benefit the Arkansas Sounds Music Festival. For more information, click here »

posted August 22, 2012

Lucero to Headline Arkansas Sounds Music Festival

Headliners for the Arkansas Sounds Music Festival will be Lucero, a country-punk rock band fronted by Little Rock native Ben Nichols; southern rock band Black Oak Arkansas; and rock and roll pioneers Sleepy LaBeef and Sonny Burgess (appearing with his band the Legendary Pacers). For more information, click here »

posted July 24, 2012

Butler Center Books to Publish New Charles Portis Collection

Charles Portis, author of the classic American novel True Grit and other works of comic fiction, will soon release his first new book in more than 20 years. Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany will be published this fall by Butler Center Books, a division of the Central Arkansas Library System. For more information, click here »

posted June 24, 2012

Remembering Governor Sidney Sanders McMath

Community organizations and the McMath family are working together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Governor Sidney Sanders McMath with activities on June 14-15 at Central Arkansas Library System venues. For more information, click here »

posted May 22, 2012

The Butler Center Receives National Park Service Grant

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), has received a grant from the National Park Service to preserve and interpret documents, photographs, and works of art from the Rohwer Relocation Center, which was located in Desha County during World War II. For more information, click here »

posted June 29, 2011

Hello Folly! A Brief History of the Farkleberry Follies

The Butler Center will celebrate the opening of the Leroy Donald Collection with a screening of Hello Folly! A Brief History of the Farkleberry Follies and a panel discussion with Farkleberry Follies skit creators Craig Douglass and Bill Lancaster. The Farkleberry Follies was a program of political satire produced in alternating years by the Society of Professional Journalists. Leroy Donald was the creative genius behind the program. For more information, click here »

posted May 13, 2011

Encyclopedia of Arkansas Celebrates Five Years

The online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture (EOA) celebrates its five-year anniversary on May 2. Since its launch five years ago, the EOA has surpassed all initial goals for number of text/media entries. A project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System, the EOA is the only state encyclopedia in the nation developed by a library system. For more information, click here »

posted May 2, 2011

Butler Center Creates Fellowship in memory of Mahlon A. Martin

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System, has created a new fellowship in memory of Mahlon A. Martin, former Little Rock city manager, state finance director, and Rockefeller Foundation executive director. The Mahlon Martin Fellowship will support research and programming on public policy in Arkansas and will be funded through gifts in memory of Mahlon Martin, along with endowments. For more information, click here »

posted February 7, 2011

The Butler Center Receives Rohwer Japanese American Internment Camp Collection

Rosalie Gould of McGehee has donated her remarkable collection of artwork and other materials from the World War II-era Japanese American internment camp at Rohwer to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System. There were 10 such camps around the country, most in the western U.S. Two were in Arkansas, at Jerome and Rohwer. The collection includes several hundred paintings and other works of art produced by U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who were interned during World War II. For more information, click here »

posted January 19, 2011

2011: The Butler Center Commemorates the Civil War Sesquicentennial

2011 Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemorative Calendar

As part of the Butler Center's Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration, the Encyclopedia of Arkansas has published a Civil War-themed calendar featuring twelve months of fascinating pictures and important dates.


To order by mail, download the order form and return according to the printed mailing instructions.


posted October 18, 2010

The Genealogist's Camera

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, in conjunction with the Arkansas Genealogical Society, will host the ninth annual genealogy workshop on Saturday, July 17, 2010. The featured speaker will be Desmond Walls Allen, author of First Steps in Genealogy: A Beginner's Guide to Researching Your Family History (1998). For more information, click here »

posted June 19, 2010

Lecture Series To Focus on Arkansas Korean War Veterans

The Butler Center's Legacies & Lunch series will host Brian Robertson as he discusses "FORGOTTEN: The Arkansas Korean War Project," on May 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Darragh Center at the Main Library. For more information, click here »

posted April 20, 2010

Tom Dillard to Discuss Latest Book

The Butler Center's Legacies & Lunch series will host Tom W. Dillard, head of Special Collections for the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, who will discuss his new book "Statesmen, Scoundrels, and Eccentrics: A Gallery of Amazing Arkansans." Join us for Legacies & Lunch on April 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Darragh Center at the Main Library. Read more »

posted March 30, 2010

African American Cemetery Preservation

The Butler Center's Legacies & Lunch series will host Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis, co-founder and president of Preserving African American Cemeteries Inc.(PAAC), as she presents "Preserving the Black Family through Oral History, Death Records, Obituaries, and Tombstone Inscriptions." on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, noon to 1 p.m. in the Darragh Center at the Main Library (100 S. Rock St.). Read more »

posted January 25, 2010

War on the Homefront

The Butler Center's Legacies & Lunch series will host Encyclopedia of Arkansas staff member Steven Teske as he discusses the ways Arkansans contributed to the national effort in both the Spanish-American War and World War I on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, noon to 1 p.m. in the Darragh Center at the Main Library (100 S. Rock St.). Read more »

posted January 1, 2010

Two of Arkansas's Oldest Structures to be Restored

The Butler Center's Legacies & Lunch program will present Project REACH (Restoring Early Arkansas Culture and History), a project of Black River Technical College on November 4, from noon to 1pm at the Main Library in the Darragh Center (100 S. Rock St.). Read more »

posted October 22, 2009

Author Billy D. Higgins Appearing with Baseball Legend Hal Smith

The Butler Center's Legacies & Lunch lecture series presents Billy D. Higgins, author of The Barling Darling: Hal Smith in American Baseball. Higgins, accompanied by baseball legend Hal Smith, will discuss Smith's career on October 7, from noon to 1pm at the Main Library in the Darragh Center (100 S. Rock St.). Read more »

posted October 1, 2009

Materials on the 40th Anniversary of the Women's Emergency Committee Donated to the Butler Center

The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) and its Butler Center for Arkansas Studies have received a donation of materials related to three momentous occasions in Arkansas history: the 40th anniversary of the Women's Emergency Committee (WEC), the 40th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School and the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School. The collection was given by Skip Rutherford, Dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and his son Blake Rutherford, Director of Public Communications at Stone Ward, a Little Rock advertising agency. The donated materials include sets of planning notes and publicity materials from the three events. Read more »

posted October 1, 2009

The Butler Center Discusses Arkansas black baseball teams and their contributions to society and the civil rights movement

Join us at the Butler Center's Legacies & Lunch, Monday, August 3, when Bob Kendrick of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City discusses the history of Arkansas black baseball teams, the national leagues, and their contributions to society and the civil rights movement. Read more »

posted October 1, 2009