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. 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 »

legacies & lunch

Legacies & Lunch:
Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Wednesday, February 1, 12:00 p.m.
Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Avenue
FREE and open to the public

An event featuring the induction of the latest honorees on the UALR Anderson Institute on Race & Ethnicity's award-winning Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail and live musical performances.

radioCALS

Changes Coming to Radio CALS

Beginning January 4, Radio CALS will air on KABF 88.3 FM each Wednesday from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. We will continue to feature 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.

As always, you may listen anytime at Soundcloud, or subscribe to the Radio CALS podcast on iTunes or Google Play.

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
Campus Parking Lot Rates

Every
2nd
Mon.

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.

Oct

14

2016

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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

9

2016

-

Mar

18

2017

on view now

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
FREE and open to the public
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jan

13

-

Apr

1

2017

on view now

Arkansas Committee Scholars Exhibition

Artists featured in the Arkansas Committee Scholars exhibit include Beverly Buys (Hot Springs), Robin Miller-Bookhout (North Little Rock), and Maxine Payne (Greenbrier). Each artist was selected from a group of applicants to The Arkansas Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) to receive recent grant stipends of $2,000 to further artistic skills, pursue an artistic vision, or invest in equipment necessary to those ends.

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Jan

13

-

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.

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. 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.

Feb

1

2017

Legacies & Lunch: Music of the Civil Rights Movement

An event featuring the induction of the latest honorees on the UALR Anderson Institute on Race & Ethnicity's award-winning Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail and live musical performances.

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

Feb

10

2017

2nd Friday Art Night

On the second Friday of each month, the Butler Center galleries participate in 2nd Friday Art Night, a time, once-a-month, when the galleries, museums and businesses in downtown Little Rock, are open from 5-8 p.m. for an after-hours gallery walk.

Opening Exhibition: Bruce Jackson: Cummins Prison Farm. More info»

Featured Musician: DJ Harlem Jones

Butler Center Galleries
401 President Clinton Ave.

Feb

10

-

May

27

2017

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.