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ASA and Branch Archives to be Closed for Christmas Holiday and New Year's Day

December 14, 2018
The Arkansas State Archives, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, and Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives will be closed on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, December 22, 24, and 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. The archives will also be closed Tuesday, January 1st for New Year's Day. All three locations will keep regular business hours aside from those days.

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - William Eustace Beaumont papers, SMC.0171.0007

February 13, 2019
This collection contains William Beaumont’s World War I diary and typed transcript from December 8, 1917 to March 1919, covering a time span from when Beaumont left for basic training through the 247th Aero Squadron's demobilization. It also holds newspaper clippings, Beaumont genealogical informati
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Hillbilly Stereotype Started with New Yorker

February 12, 2019
"The Arkansas Traveler" by Edward Payson Washburn, 1858. Arkansans have been portrayed as backwoods hillbillies who lack education and intelligence since the area’s earliest years. An early visitor to the Arkansas Territory, Henry Schoolcraft, was instrumental in the development of the negative
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Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Christopher C. Stell papers, SMC.0008.0003

February 06, 2019
Christopher C. Stell was born December 1852 to Miles L. and Lucinda Willbanks Stell. He and his wife Mary, whom he married in 1875, had three children: Birdie, Orvella, and Delia. He attended Arkansas Industrial University Medical Department in Little Rock from 1880 to 1882 and practiced medicine in
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From History to Art

January 31, 2019
Art: "Red Balloon" by Paul Klee via GuggenheimThe below blog is a reprint with permission from the Arkansas Arts Council and is a reminder why learning history is important. Read the complete blog at arkansasarts.org. Find a list of history-related events at the Department of Arkansas Heritage
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