Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas

Legacies & Lunch: Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas

Wednesday, August 2, 12pm
Main Library Darragh Center

Michael Hibblen is news director at KUAR in Little Rock and the author of Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas, a collection of photographs of the crucial railroad that provided passenger and freight services in Arkansas for nearly 80 years.

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Dazz & Brie and the Emotionalz

Arkansas Sounds:
Dazz & Brie and the Emotionalz

Friday, August 18, 7pm
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
General admission: $10

Join us for a concert with the 2017 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winners in support of their debut album, Can't Afford California.

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Hot Club of Cowtown

Arkansas Sounds:
Hot Club of Cowtown

Friday, September 29, 7pm
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
General admission: $20

Hot Club of Cowtown, a Western Swing / Jazz trio from Austin, has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent).

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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
Campus Parking Lot Rates

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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.

Jan

13

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Jul

29

2017

on view now

The American Dream Deferred: Japanese American Experience in WWII Arkansas

Sharing the story of Arkansas's involvement in the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and using objects from the Butler Center's Rosalie Santine Gould-Mabel Jamison Vogel collection, this exhibition seeks to educate the people of Arkansas and the nation about the experience of those who were forcibly imprisoned in camps throughout the nation, including two in Arkansas. By presenting this troubled chapter of Arkansas and American history, we hope to highlight the triumph of the human spirit shown by many of the people who were held in the camps and the tests of American democracy they represented.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

May

12

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Aug

26

2017

on view now

Maxine Payne and Robert Scoggin: "Historic Bridges of Arkansas"

An exhibition of contemporary photographs, historic memorabilia and the Arkansas Educational Television Network's documentary "Historic Bridges of Arkansas" featuring Maxine Payne and Robert Scoggin.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jun

9

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Aug

26

2017

on view now

Sammy Peters: Then and Now

A complex visual dialogue of color, texture, and space. Peters describes his work as a living dichotomy, straddling the line between ambiguity and rhythm.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jul

28

2017

Arkansas Sounds: Greasy Greens

The Greasy Greens: An Hysterical Perspective (The Older We Get, The Better We Were) in a reunion performance of the legendary Arkansas "Band of Opportunity."

7:00pm
SOLD OUT
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Aug

2

2017

Legacies & Lunch: Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas

Michael Hibblen is news director at KUAR in Little Rock and the author of Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas, a collection of photographs of the crucial railroad that provided passenger and freight services in Arkansas for nearly 80 years.

More info »

12:00pm
FREE and open to the public
Main Library Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Aug

11

2017

2nd Friday Art Night

Featured musician: Isaac Helgestad
Opening exhibition: Jim Nelson, New Works
Nelson combines elements of abstract painting and low relief carving to create colorful and dynamic artworks using a variety of soft and hardwoods. On display through Nov. 25.

Aug

11

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Dec

31

2017

The Art of Injustice: Paul Faris' Photographs of Japanese Incarceration, Rohwer, AR 1945

These photographs capture the community created by Japanese Americans during their incarceration in Arkansas in World War II.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Aug

18

2017

Arkansas Sounds: Dazz & Brie and the Emotionalz

Join us for a concert with the 2017 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase winners in support of their debut album, "Can't Afford California."

7:00pm
$10 | Buy tickets »
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Aug

25

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Nov

25

2017

Jim Nelson, New Works

Nelson combines elements of abstract painting and low relief carving to create colorful and dynamic artworks using a variety of soft and hardwoods.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

4

2017

CLOSED: Labor Day

The Butler Center and the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Monday, September 4, in observance of Labor Day. Please call 320-5700 for more information.

Sep

29

2017

Arkansas Sounds: Hot Club of Cowtown

Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), remaining “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times). The band’s musical alchemy has been described as “another breathless journey in the Texas tardis” (The Times, London), while American Songwriter observed that “the excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound.” The Belfast Telegraph calls the Hot Club of Cowtown “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game,” and the New York Times described the trio as armed with “an arsenal full of technique and joy.”

7:00pm
$20 | Buy tickets »
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Oct

20

2017

CLOSED: Staff Day

The Butler Center and the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Friday, October 20, for system-wide staff development and training. Please call 320-5700 for more information.

Nov

23

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24

2017

CLOSED: Thanksgiving

The Butler Center and the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24, in observance of Thanksgiving. Please call 320-5700 for more information.

Dec

25

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26

2017

CLOSED: Christmas

The Butler Center and the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Monday & Tuesday, December 25 & 26, for Christmas. Please call 320-5700 for more information.

Jan

1

2018

CLOSED: New Year's Day

The Butler Center and the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed Monday, January 1, in observance of New Year's Day. Please call 320-5700 for more information.