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The Butler Center Receives National Park Service Grant

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), has received a grant from the National Park Service to preserve and interpret documents, photographs, and works of art from the Rohwer Relocation Center, which was located in Desha County during World War II.

Earlier this year, the Butler Center received the Rosalie Santine Gould Rohwer Collection, which contains artwork created by Japanese American citizens who were held at the camp, along with a large number of documents generated at the camp and photographs of camp activities. The grant will be used to preserve the artwork, assist in the creation of a major exhibition and lecture, and digitize portions of the collection to be available through the Butler Center's website.

An exhibition of artwork from the collection will open during 2nd Friday Art Night on September 9 in Concordia Hall in the Arkansas Studies Institute in Little Rock's River Market District. The CALS Dishongh Lecture on September 15 will feature Delphine Hirasuna, who will discuss internment camp art and her book The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942-1946.

The National Park Service administers a special federal initiative to preserve Japanese American confinement sites. Other Arkansas institutions that received grants related to the Rohwer camp are Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

About the Butler Center

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System, 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 Butler Center's research collections and offices are located in the Arkansas Studies Institute in Little Rock at 401 President Clinton Ave., directly adjacent to the Main Library. For more information, contact Kathryn Heller at (501) 320-5717.