Education Resources


The American Dream Deferred: Japanese American Incarceration in WWII Arkansas

The Butler Center has received a two-year grant from the National Park Service to create four major exhibitions of art and documents from the WWII camps at Rohwer and Jerome. Arkansas teachers can apply for transportation mini-grants to reimburse expenses for fuel, driver and related costs. New lesson plans and online resources are available to teachers for before, during, and after field trips to the exhibits at the Butler Center. In addition, the exhibit curator is scheduling presentations with a small traveling exhibit to schools in areas too distant to make a day trip to the Butler Center exhibits.

For more information, contact Kim Sanders.

WWI Centennial: Finding Arkansas's Stories of Challenge and Change in the Great War

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and Arkansas Humanities Council will host the fifth annual Summer Seminar for Arkansas Teachers on June 8-9. Teachers explore the role of Arkansas men, women, and families in "the Great War" and visit nearby World War I-era sites and archives. Participants leave with document sets, classroom-ready lesson plans, sample student projects, and 12 hours of ADE-approved professional development. A special focus will be Student Digital History projects with community partners to preserve and share World War I hometown history. More info »

The free seminar is sponsored by the Arkansas Humanities Council and is part of the education outreach of the Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee and the Arkansas Women's History Institute. For more information and to register, contact George West at the Butler Center:


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 »

BASE (Books for Arkansas Students' Education)

BASE, Books for Arkansas Students' Education, is an innovative program to provide free books about Arkansas's natural, cultural, and political history to public high schools across the state. Go to the BASE website »

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 -- Year Three

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is pleased to announce that applications are now open for Year Three of the prestigious Arkansas Declaration of Learning program.

Twelve prestigious national organizations have made a commitment to work with teachers and school librarians to create lesson plans, activities, and teaching tools that bring history to life through historic art and objects. Lesson plans created by ADOL educators emphasize students becoming actively involved in the history and civic life of their own communities.

Arkansas is the first state in the country to participate in this national program, which is led by the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Reception Rooms in partnership with the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Clinton Presidential Center, and the Arkansas Department of Education.

Teachers and school librarians selected to participate will commit to a year-long initiative that will begin with a program in June. During the program, teachers will learn about the available historic objects, oral histories and works of art. From these objects, educators will develop lesson plans and student projects, which will be refined and tested in Arkansas classrooms and school libraries during the 2017-18 school year and then shared on a national website. A stipend is provided for travel expenses involved in the training.

School librarians and teachers working with 7th-12th grade students in art, English language arts, and social studies are eligible to apply. More details can be found on the application here »

Note: The deadline for application has passed for this year.

For more information, contact: George West, Education Outreach Coordinator, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

Words That Matter: Pulitzer Prize Authors with Arkansas Connections

2016 Summer Seminar for Arkansas Teachers

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies held its 4th annual summer seminar for Arkansas teachers on June 9-10, 2016. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize, participants explored the work of a dozen-plus Arkansas authors who have received Pulitzer Prizes and Finalist awards.

Teachers around the state can now work with starter kits for lesson plans, including passages by the authors, related historical documents, plus samples of Pulitzer Podcasts projects that students can produce and share as teaching resources for other classrooms.

For more information, contact George West and click here for the list of Arkansas's Pulitzer Prize authors and links to EOA entries.

This special project is sponsored by the Arkansas Humanities Council as part of the national Pulitzer Prize Board Centennial Initiative, with additional support from the Arkansas Historical Association.