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ASA and Branch Archives to be Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 15, 2018
The Arkansas State Archives, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives will be closed on Thursday-Saturday, November 22nd-24th, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Famous Folk Singer Penned Songs of Arkansas Heritage, Civil War

December 05, 2018
James Corbett Morris, known as Jimmy Driftwood, plays his homemade guitar.Arkansas folk singers and songwriters have a long tradition of using American history to connect with audiences. Among Arkansas’s most famous folk singer-songwriters is Jimmy Driftwood, who traveled the U.S. with his homemade
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Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - W.S. Davis medical ledger, MS.000497

December 05, 2018
W.S. Davis, born in Tennessee in 1856, began practicing medicine in 1876. He moved to Indian Territory in 1878, and to Logan County, Arkansas, in 1879. He eventually settled at Owensville, on the middle fork of the Saline River in western Saline County, Arkansas. Davis married Mary Camer of Independ
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Pen to Podium Keeps History Alive!

November 29, 2018
Ben BouldenWe wrapped up this year’s Pen to Podium lecture series with a fascinating look at Fort Smith during the early 1900s.Ben Boulden, historian, author, professor and former journalist, recently discussed unionization among women in 1917, the Red Light District that temporarily legalized prost
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Grant Applications Open!

November 29, 2018
We are now taking applications for the Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program! The deadline to submit an application for this cycle is Jan. 2.Tatyana Oyinloye, African American history program coordinatorAnyone interested should call 501-682-6892 or email Tatyana Oyinloye at tatyana.oyinloye@ar
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