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General Casimir Pulaski: The Forgotten Hero

Wed., Dec. 5, 12pm
Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave., Little Rock

Authors Mel and Joan Gordon will discuss the life of General Casimir Pulaski, a Polish immigrant who saved George Washington's life at the Battle of Brandywine and died at age thirty-four after being wounded at the Siege of Savannah in Georgia.

an image from A Metter of Mind exhibition

A Matter of Mind and Heart

on display through December 29, 2018
Butler Center Galleries

This exhibition, featuring works from the Butler Center’s Gould-Vogel Collection of materials from the World War II–era Japanese internment camps in Arkansas, displays portraits and other works of art from the Rohwer and Jerome centers in Arkansas with a focus on Japanese American identity.

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roosevelt thompson

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 »

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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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.

Roberts Library, Room 204
Library Square
401 President Clinton Avenue
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Jul

13

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Dec

29

2018

on view now

A Matter of Mind and Heart: Portraits of Japanese American Identity

This exhibition, featuring works from the Butler Center’s Gould-Vogel Collection of materials from the World War II–era Japanese internment camps in Arkansas, displays portraits and other works of art from the Rohwer and Jerome centers in Arkansas with a focus on Japanese American identity.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

14

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Nov

24

2018

on view now

Amily Miori – Au Pair Don't Care

The exhibition features oil paintings based on the original (and sometimes disturbing) storylines of fairytales. Each painting has a summary of the original story and the modern version as told through the words of the rebellious and irreverent “au pair” storyteller.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

18

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Dec

29

2018

on view now

The Arkansas Blues: Photographs by Cheryl Cohen and Louis Guida

In collaboration with ACANSA Arts, these black-and-white photographs by Cheryl Cohen and Louis Guida, on loan from the Arkansas Arts Center, document blues musicians playing in Arkansas during the 1970s. This documentary project by Cohen and Guida became the foundation of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Blues Project; these photographs were part of the earlier exhibition Old Roots, New Directions: Arkansas Blues Today. A reception celebrating the beginning of the ACANSA Arts Festival and the opening of this exhibit will be held in the Butler Center Galleries from 5:30-7:30 on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Nov

9

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Feb

23

2019

on view now

Arkansas League of Artists Exhibition

An annual exhibition from the Arkansas League of Artists, an eclectic and diverse nonprofit organization formed to promote the visual fine arts and artistic education in Arkansas to all ages and across multiple disciplines.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Nov

16

2018

The Last Waltz

A film screening celebrating "one of the most important cultural events of the last two decades" (Rolling Stone). Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz: 40th Anniversary Edition celebrates The Band's historic 1976 farewell concert and features Arkansas music legend Levon Helm. See The Last Waltz like never before on CALS Ron Robinson Theater's state-of-the-art DCI-compliant Barco digital cinema projection system with a 32' wide screen and a Dolby 7.1 surround audio!

Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
7:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Dec

5

2018

General Casimir Pulaski: The Forgotten Hero

Authors Mel and Joan Gordon will discuss the life of General Casimir Pulaski, a Polish immigrant who saved George Washington's life at the Battle of Brandywine and died at age thirty-four after being wounded at the Siege of Savannah in Georgia. The Gordons published a historical novel about Pulaski, who was known as the "Father of American Cavalry," and were recently inducted into the Lafayette Order in France in recognition of their work on Pulaski and the Marquis de Lafayette. December 15 will mark the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Pulaski County in Arkansas, one of seven counties in America named for Pulaski. Co-sponsored by the UA Clinton School of Public Service.

Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
12:00p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Dec

6

2018

Arkansas Sounds presents Charlotte Taylor

A series of community concerts at CALS branches, Sounds in the Stacks highlights local musicians with different musical backgrounds as they showcase their talent and skill in an intimate one hour concert. All Sounds in the Stacks concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The program is sponsored in part by KATV 7.

This month: Charlotte Taylor (blues/Americana guitar & vocals)

Nixon Library
703 W. Main St.
Jacksonville
6:30p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Dec

14

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Mar

30

2019

Paintings by Terry Brewer: Nepal Maa Dui Barsa Base (Two Years in Nepal, 2008–2010)

After a twenty-year career as a graphic artist, Terry Brewer made his first trip to Asia in 1998. While in Nepal, he began looking into volunteer opportunities, hoping to return someday to live, work, and explore. In 2008, he returned to Nepal as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity International and stayed over two years. In between work assignments and treks into the mountains, he set up a studio in Katmandu and began an ongoing series of portraits and landscapes.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Dec

14

2018

Second Friday Art Night

Free and open to the public, this downtown Little Rock gallery crawl happens on the Second Friday of each month. Featured musician: Lark in the Morning (acoustic Ozark/Celtic trio).

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Dec

14

2018

Arkansas Sounds Presents Quinto Poder (Q5P)

The five young musicians of contemporary Corrido/Norteno group Quinto Poder (Q5P) offer a mix of new original songs and fresh takes on holiday favorites in this free one-hour concert following 2nd Friday Art Night.

Ron Robinson Theater
Library Square
100 River Market Ave.
8:00 p.m.

Jan

2

2019

When Arkansas Was a Part of Missouri

Author and professor S. Charles Bolton, who taught history at UA Little Rock for over three decades, will discuss the early history of what became the state of Arkansas.

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

Jan

10

2019

Arkansas Sounds presents Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Rockefeller Quartet

A series of community concerts at CALS branches, Sounds in the Stacks highlights local musicians with different musical backgrounds as they showcase their talent and skill in an intimate one hour concert. All Sounds in the Stacks concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The program is sponsored in part by KATV 7.

This month: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Rockefeller Quartet (instrumental string quartet)

Dee Brown Library
6325 Baseline Rd
Little Rock
6:30p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Jan

11

2019

Second Friday Art Night

Free and open to the public, this downtown Little Rock gallery crawl happens on the Second Friday of each month. Featured musician: Das Loop (eclectic instrumental live composition duo).

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Feb

6

2019

The Two Herbert Dentons: A Principal and a Journalist, from Black Little Rock to Black DC and Beyond

Oral historian and writer Benji de La Piedra will discuss the life and career of Little Rock native Herbert Denton Jr., a pioneering African American journalist at the Washington Post, as well as the career of Herbert Denton Sr., who was a lifelong public educator in Little Rock and a pillar of the city’s black community.

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

Feb

8

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Apr

27

2019

Paintings by Charles Henry James: Back to the Garden

Artist and musician Charles Henry James, who has split his time between Little Rock and his native New York for nearly thirty years, takes a humorous, free-wheeling approach to socio/political engagement, filtered through the lens of pop culture tropes, op art, surrealism, and psychedelia.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Feb

8

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May

25

2019

Made in America: Vintage Film Posters from the Ron Robinson Collection

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), holds an extensive collection of Arkansas-related and other movie posters. The late Ron Robinson of Little Rock, an avid collector who was the president of Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW) and also served as a U.S. Air Force officer in Vietnam, generously donated these film posters, which are mostly related to Arkansas history, U.S. politics, and American popular culture.

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.

Feb

8

2019

Second Friday Art Night

Free and open to the public, this downtown Little Rock gallery crawl happens on the Second Friday of each month. Featured musician: Bluesboy Jag (solo acoustic and cigar box blues guitar & vocals).

Galleries at Library Square
Roberts Library
Library Square
401 President Clinton Ave.
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Feb

12

2019

Arkansas Sounds presents Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Quapaw Quartet

A series of community concerts at CALS branches, Sounds in the Stacks highlights local musicians with different musical backgrounds as they showcase their talent and skill in an intimate one hour concert. All Sounds in the Stacks concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The program is sponsored in part by KATV 7.

This month: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Quapaw Quartet (instrumental string quartet)

Williams Library
1800 S. Chester St.
Little Rock
6:30p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Feb

22

2019

Arkansas Sounds presents “The Legacy of the Legendary KOKY”

We honor the legacy of KOKY, Arkansas’s first radio station devoted to all-black programming aimed toward an African American audience, with photos, audio clips, and a panel discussion featuring KOKY on-air personalities such as Sonta Jean “The KOKY Queen,” Mark “Chillin’” Dylan, and Billy St. James, with moderator Broadway Joe Booker.

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