The Wildflower Revue

Bob Dorough

An Arkansas Sounds Concert
Friday, May 19, 7:00 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
Tickets: $15 (ages 13+) | $5 (ages 12 and under)

Legendary Arkansas jazz pianist, singer, composer, and producer Bob Dorough has worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Lenny Bruce, Blossom Dearie, and Sugar Ray Robinson and is perhaps best known for composing and performing songs for the Schoolhouse Rock! instructional cartoon TV series. More info » | Reserve tickets »

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.

Jan

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Jun

24

2017

on view now

The American Dream Deferred: Japanese American Experience in WWII Arkansas

Sharing the story of Arkansasís involvement in the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and using objects from the Butler Centerís 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.

Feb

10

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May

27

2017

on view now

Bruce Jackson: Cummins Prison Farm

Bruce Jackson has been documenting the lives of inmates in Texas and Arkansas prisons since the nineteen-seventies. This exhibition of photographs shows the people and landscape of the Cummins Prison Farm in Arkansas from early 19th century mugshots to inmates incarcerated in the 20th century.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Apr

1

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Apr

29

2017

on view now

Angela Davis Johnson: Ritual || Reasoning + Codes

Based on Live Dreaming sessions with my family. Live Dreaming is the process of blending contemplative practices with fine art to explore, examine, and share collective dreams through visual images, performance, and installation. It is beyond aspirational. It is to imagine and construct a past, present, future that reflects the technologies, history, and beauty of black people, in particular that of black women. In this series, I collected the oral wisdom of past generations and then I created figurative allegorical paintings from my findings. The geometric symbols in each work are quilt patterns that were used in the Underground Railroad to give messages to enslaved Africans as they made their way to freedom. I am interested in connecting these codes with family sayings/ superstitions to investigate how my ancestors survived slavery, Jim Crow, war on drugs and to examine how this knowledge can help us all navigate present day society.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Apr

14

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Jul

1

2017

on view now

Butler Center Research Services Division staff: The American Red Cross in Arkansas

Using posters, photographs, and artifacts this exhibition documents the work of the American Red Cross in Arkansas over the past hundred years. Organized by Steve Teske, Curator.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

May

12

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Aug

26

2017

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.

May

19

2017

Bob Dorough

Legendary Arkansas jazz pianist, singer, composer, and producer Bob Dorough has worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Lenny Bruce, Blossom Dearie, and Sugar Ray Robinson and is perhaps best known for composing and performing songs for the Schoolhouse Rock! instructional cartoon TV series. Dorough wrote and directed episodes of Schoolhouse Rock! from 1972 to 1996. The ninety-three-year-old Dorough is a member of the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame.

More info » | Reserve tickets »

7:00pm
$15 General Admission (ages 13+) or $5 (ages 12 and under)
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.