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Butler Center Reveals Secrets of Historic Cemetery, Family Research Tips

Legacies & Lunch

Uncovering family secrets can be thrilling, no matter whose family holds them. In August, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) patrons may learn about long-buried local mysteries as well as their own family history. Legacies & Lunch, a free program offered by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies on the first Wednesday of each month, will feature Jan Davenport, historian of the Oakland-Fraternal Cemetery, on Wednesday, August 7, noon - 1 p.m. in the Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock Street. Finding Family Facts, a free beginner's genealogy course given by the Butler Center on the second Monday of each month, will be held on Monday, August 12, 3:30 - 5 p.m. in room 204 of the Arkansas Studies Institute building, 401 Pres. Clinton Ave.

After years of resting quietly, history is being uncovered at the Oakland-Fraternal Cemetery, as caretakers restore and research aged headstones. The cemetery is Little Rock's best-kept historical secret and the final resting place for people ranging from working-class families to an assassinated judge. In her talk, "Gone but Not Forgotten: 150 Years at the Oakland-Fraternal Cemetery," Davenport will discuss her efforts to raise awareness of the cemetery and the stories of the people resting there.

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is a department of CALS. It was founded in 1997 to promote the study and appreciation of Arkansas history and culture. The Butler Center's research collections, art galleries, and offices are located in the Arkansas Studies Institute building at 401 President Clinton Ave. on the campus of the CALS Main Library.

For more information, call 918-3086.