Hattie Caraway

2nd Annual Betsey Wright Distinguished Lecture

Thursday, September 21, 7pm
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
FREE and open to the public

Dr. Donald A. Ritchie, Historian Emeritus of the United States Senate, will discuss the influence of women on Capitol Hill since Arkansas voters elected Hattie Caraway in 1932 – making her the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate – in "Hattie Caraway's Long Shadow: Women in the U.S. Senate". More info »

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.

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

Aug

11

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Dec

31

2017

on view now

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

11

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Dec

30

2017

on view now

Jim Nelson, New Works

A survey of new and older works by Jim Nelson that combines elements of abstract painting and low relief carving to create colorful and dynamic artworks in a variety of soft and hard woods.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

8

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Sep

30

2017

on view now

Art Teachers of Arkansas

A display of Butler Center artists who are also art teachers.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

8

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Oct

28

2017

on view now

Modern Ink

Modern Ink explores new artworks created in the medium of ink by artists Carmen Alexandria, Robert Bean, Daniel Broening, Diane Harper, Neal Harrington, and Steve Rockwell.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Sep

21

2017

2nd Annual Betsey Wright Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Donald A. Ritchie, Historian Emeritus of the United States Senate, will discuss the influence of women on Capitol Hill since Arkansas voters elected Hattie Caraway in 1932 – making her the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate – in "Hattie Caraway's Long Shadow: Women in the U.S. Senate". More info »

7:00pm
FREE and open to the public
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

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

4

2017

Legacies & Lunch: Vanessa McKuin

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the 60th Anniversary of KASU in Jonesboro, Arkansas's oldest public radio station. A panel of well-known public media personalities in Arkansas will discuss the history of public media in Arkansas and the nation. Panelists include Bobby Ampezzan, managing editor of Arkansas Public Media; Mike Doyle, station manager at KASU; Regina Dean, an early KUAR general manager and current general manager at WUOT in Knoxville, Tenn.; and representatives from the Arkansas Educational Television Network. Sponsored by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert will be provided.

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

Oct

13

2017

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Jan

27

2018

Bret Aaker: Conatus

These new assemblages by Bret Aaker explore the idea of conatus, defined by early philosophers of psychology and metaphysics as the innate drive of an animate object to continue to exist and enhance itself.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton 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.

Oct

26

2017

A Prized Evening

Join us as we honor the winners of the most prestigious literary awards in Arkansas: Kenneth C. Barnes, the winner of the Booker Worthen Prize, and Padma Viswanathan, winner of the Porter Prize. Reception immediately following. Send an email to Shelle Stormoe or call (501) 918-3033 to RSVP by October 9.

6:30pm
FREE and open to the public
CALS Main Library Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Oct

27

2017

Arkansas Sounds: Top of the Rock Chorus and Acapella Rising

Award winning-women's chorus, Top of the Rock, and all-male barbershop chorus, Acapella Rising, come together for a free concert. Top of the Rock currently has over 60 singers of all ages, from all walks of life, and all parts of the greater Little Rock area. Acapella Rising consists of approximately 30 men. It was chartered in 1955 as a chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. It is part of the largest non-profit menís singing group in America with more than 34,000 members. It is the only men's chorus of this type in Little Rock.

Doors to the theater open at 6:00 p.m. More info »

7:00pm
FREE and open to the public
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Nov

1

2017

Legacies & Lunch: Dr. Jamie Brandon and Lydia Rees

Learn about the people who used bluff shelters, the kinds of resources found there, and what we can learn about Arkansas's present from its past.

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

Nov

17

2017

Arkansas Sounds: Cate Brothers Band

Southern soul specialists and Arkansas music legends, The Cate Brothers Band, reunite to perform hits from their five decade career. The bandís country-style rock and roll showcases the music that flourished in the Ozark Mountains area of northwestern Arkansas. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Cates toured nationally and internationally with the likes of Heart, Fleetwood Mac, and Queen.

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

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

8

2017

Arkansas Sounds: Bob Boyd Sounds

A one-hour holiday concert with Arkansas band The Bob Boyd Sounds. Band members sing, solo and in harmony, songs ranging from Frank Sinatra, the Four Freshmen and the Modernaires, to Stevie Wonder. The concert will begin following 2nd Friday Art Night activities.

Doors to the theater open at 7:00 p.m. More info »

8:00pm
FREE and open to the public
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

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.