Legacies & Lunch

The Great Flood

Legacies & Lunch
Wednesday, June 7, noon - 1:30 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
FREE and open to the public

Commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1927 with a screening of a documentary film. Co-sponsored by Arkansas Sounds and the Clinton School of Public Service. More info »

Dr. Robin Hanson

2017 Genealogy Workshop

Saturday, July 22, 10am-3pm
CALS Ron Robinson Theater

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the archival department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), will offer a free, all-day genealogy workshop on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave. The theater doors will open at 9 a.m. Dr. Robin Hanson, a professor of cultural history and professional genealogist, will present four sessions geared to helping genealogists of all levels to sharpen their genealogical skills and to enlarge the scope of their research. 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.

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.

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

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

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

7

2017

Legacies & Lunch: The Great Flood

Commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1927 with a screening of a documentary film. Co-sponsored by Arkansas Sounds and the Clinton School of Public Service.

More info »

12:00pm
FREE and open to the public
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Jun

9

2017

2nd Friday Art Night

Featured musician: DJ Swift 720
Opening exhibition: Sammy Peter, 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. On display through Aug. 26.

5:00 - 8:00pm
FREE and open to the public
Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jun

9

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Aug

26

2017

Sammy Peter: 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.

Jun

15

2017

A Film Perspective on the Elaine Massacre in 1919

A screening of clips from a forthcoming film by filmmakers Natalie Zimmerman and Michael Wilson. Co-sponsored by the Clinton School of Public Service.

Registration Required: ndipippa@clintonschool.uasys.edu

12:00pm
FREE and open to the public
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.

Jun

16

2017

Arkansas Sounds: 45 RPM

A screening of a movie by Arkansan Juli Jackson, filmed in Arkansas and featuring many Arkansas bands and musicians.

Reserve seats now »

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

Jul

5

2017

Legacies & Lunch: Slavery at Lakeport

Blake Wintory, Assistant Director of Arkansas State University’s heritage site at the Lakeport Plantation, will describe important new findings into the history of slavery at Lakeport and in Chicot County.

More info »

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

Jul

14

2017

2nd Friday Art Night

Featured musician: Sax Man Daryl Minefee
Opening exhibtion: 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. On display through Dec. 31.

5:00 - 8:00pm
FREE and open to the public
Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jul

14

-

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.

Jul

22

2017

2017 Genealogy Workshop

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, the archival department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), will offer a free, all-day genealogy workshop on Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave. The theater doors will open at 9 a.m. Dr. Robin Hanson, a professor of cultural history and professional genealogist, will present four sessions geared to helping genealogists of all levels to sharpen their genealogical skills and to enlarge the scope of their research. More info ».

10:00am - 3:00pm
FREE and open to the public
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

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.