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Pen to Podium to Feature Joe David Rice

October 18, 2019
Author and former Tourism Director Joe David Rice will speak about his book, “Arkansas Backstories: Quirks, Characters, and Curiosities of the Natural State,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Arkansas Heritage at 1100 North St. in Little Rock.

Wednesday’s Wonderful Collection - Walter Dormitzer collection, SMC.0004.0009

November 13, 2019
Walter Dormitzer was born in 1862 to Henry and Anna Dormitzer, Bohemian immigrants. He was an importer/exporter who traveled extensively, collecting art and historical memorabilia. He lived in Nigeria during the late 1800s and collected Yoruba art that he later donated to the Newark (New Jersey) Mus
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Researching Death Information

October 30, 2019
Image of a Frank Walter Phillips Death Notice,Arkansas State Archives Photo 4990.82.The most frequently asked question researchers ask Arkansas State Archives is: “Do you have death certificates?” Death certificates help genealogists locate vital information on when someone died, but those certifica
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Symposium Spotlights Territorial Arkansas’s History

October 30, 2019
About 40 people gathered on a recent Saturday at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock to hear what life was like in Territorial Arkansas.“Our annual symposium focused on the history of Territorial Arkansas because we are celebrating the 200thanniversary of the territory t
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Ghost Lights Still Haunt Gurdon

October 30, 2019
Mansfield, Arkansas, circa 1903, courtesy ofthe Arkansas State ArchivesThe lights that mysteriously appear near the Gurdon railroad in Clark County are legendary and are now a Halloween attraction. On some nights the glow appears along the path of the old railroad track about four miles north of Gur
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