Education Resources

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Tools for Teaching and Learning Difficult History:
Racial Violence in Arkansas, the 1919 Elaine Massacre and a Century of Lynching

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies 2019 Summer Seminar
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Arkansas Attorney Scipio Jones with six of the massacre defendants, convicted of murder by an all-white jury
photo: Arkansas Attorney Scipio Jones with six of the massacre defendants,
convicted of murder by an all-white jury

Educators will receive support and guidance for a challenging but crucial task at the Butler Centerís sixth annual Summer Seminar:

Tools for Teaching and Learning Difficult History: Racial Violence in Arkansas, the 1919 Elaine Massacre and a Century of Lynching, 1836-1936.

Noted historians will share primary documents that connect racial violence in Arkansas to larger issues in U.S. history. Documents include eyewitness accounts, oral history of families involved, and stories of individual citizens who sought to right the wrongs happening in their community.

Sessions include a special demonstration of a model for structured, peer-to-peer dialogue about the historical documents and about difficult issues of race and identity in the present, led by Arkansas teachers and students who have tested the model in their classrooms.

Participants will leave with links to document sets, sample lesson plans, and student projects, correlated to ADE Course Frameworks for middle and high school grade levels.

Teachers will also learn how their schools and students can take part in a statewide commemorative effort, honoring victims of the Elaine Massacre and lynching elsewhere and affirming the stateís commitment to the principle of equal protection under the law to all Arkansas citizens.

The free, one-day workshop provides 6 hours of PD credit for Arkansas educators and will take place on Thursday, June 27th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas Library System, 100 South Rock Street, Little Rock. For more information, click here.

To register, contact George West, Education Outreach Coordinator at the Butler Center, or call 501-320-5713.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


ONGOING RESOURCES

Arkansas History Hub

The mission of the Arkansas History Hub is to improve the quality of Arkansas history education across the state by providing comprehensive access to online resources, institutions and history professionals. Visit Arkansas History Hub.

Links to teaching materials from more than 75 state and national organizations have been added to the site, and over 150 lesson plans on Arkansas history and culture can be searched by: Grade Level groups, Historical Eras, Geographic Regions.

Arkansas History Lesson Plans

The Arkansas History Lesson Plans were written by Arkansas teachers for Arkansas teachers. These may be downloaded and used in Arkansas classrooms free of charge. Many of our 125+ lesson plans contain information related to entries found on the online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Links to these entries have been added to the appropriate lesson plans for your convenience. View the lesson plans »

Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture

The online Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. The EOA provides a wealth of primary as well as secondary source documents for student research and teacher lesson plans. We invite you to browse our text entries and media galleries to learn more about the people, places, events, legends, and lore of the 25th state. We are continually adding new entries, photographs, maps, videos, and audio files, so check back frequently to see what's new. Go to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas website »

Arkansas Declaration of Learning

For more information, contact George West, Education Outreach Coordinator at the Butler Center, or call 501-320-5713.