Richard Leo Johnson

Richard Leo Johnson

Friday, December 9, 8:00 p.m.
Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue

Richard Leo Johnson, El Dorado native and acoustic guitar master, will perform original music in his unorthodox, new age style. Photographs created by Johnson will also be displayed at this event. More info »

The Last Waltz

The Last Waltz: 40th Anniversary

Friday, January 27, 7:00 p.m.
Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
General admission: $5

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. This remastered version includes performances not featured in the original film. 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!

More info » | Purchase tickets »

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Tune in to CALS on KABF 88.3 Each Friday

Catch Radio CALS, a weekly two-hour radio show on KABF 88.3 FM, each Friday, noon-2 p.m. Radio CALS features music and stories about Arkansas from the collections of the Butler Center, the CALS Arkansas history department, as well as news of CALS programs and services. Listen live on www.kabf.org or anytime at www.soundcloud.com/radiocals.
More info »

Little Rock Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary Drill Team

New Online Resources Highlight Women's History

Click here to see over 200 newly digitized documents and photos related to the lives of Arkansas women.

Highlights include thirty-eight issues of the Arkansas White Ribboner, a temperance paper published by the Arkansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union, a series of documents related to Laura Cornelius Conner's stint on the Penitentiary Commission in the early 1920s, a 1903 Maddox Seminary yearbook, and rare photographs of some of Arkansas's early female leaders.
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Photo: Little Rock Fire Department's Ladies Auxiliary Drill Team

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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 »

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Butler eBanner

The Butler eBanner, the quarterly electronic newsletter of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, has all the latest news about Butler Center collections, the Arkansas Sounds Music Series, Butler Center art galleries and exhibitions, and more. To see an archive of the eBanner, click here »

For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

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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

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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.

Sep

9

-

Dec

31

2016

on view now

Studio Art Quilts Associates

A regional exhibition of contemporary art quilts. Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications.

SAQA defines an art quilt as "a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure." Founded in 1989 by an initial group of 50 artists, SAQA now has over 3,000 members.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Oct

14

2016

-

Jan

28

2017

on view now

Fired Up: Arkansas Wood Fired Ceramics

The exhibition Fired Up brings together a unique collection of functional and sculptural ceramics created with traditional wood fired techniques. Participating artists are: Stephen Driver, Jim and Barbara Larkin, Fletcher Larkin, Beth Lambert, Logan Hunter and Hannah May.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Dec

7

2016

Legacies & Lunch: Mark Christ

Christ will examine the recently completed sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War, its successes and failures, and its impact on Arkansas's history and economy.

12:00pm
FREE
Main Library, Darragh Center
100 Rock St.

Dec

9

2016

Richard Leo Johnson

Richard Leo Johnson, El Dorado native and acoustic guitar master, will perform original music in his unorthodox, new age style. Photographs created by Johnson will also be displayed at this event. More info »

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

Dec

9

2016

-

Mar

18

2017

Richard Leo Johnson: Once was Lost

Once thought lost to a fire these photographs of friends, family, landscapes and strangers taken in North Louisiana and South Arkansas during the late 70ís to mid-80ís by well-known artist and musician Richard Leo Johnson are on display for the first time in Arkansas.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jan

27

2017

The Last Waltz: 40th Anniversary Edition

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. This remastered version includes performances not featured in the original film. 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!

More info » | Purchase tickets »

7:00pm
$5 General Admission
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.