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The Arkansas State Archives offers several traveling exhibits that are displayed at museums, libraries, archives, schools, historical societies, and other educational or cultural institutions around the state at no cost. These banner-style exhibits must be booked in advance, as well as picked up and dropped off at the Arkansas State Archives in Little Rock. Each banner pulls out of a stand on the floor like a window shade and stays extended with a metal pole which latches to the top and base. Since each banner stands alone, the exhibit panels can be arranged in many configurations, whether linearly, at angles, back to back, or in triangular or square groupings.


Below are descriptions of the traveling exhibits currently offered by the State Archives. To find out more information and to check availability on a traveling exhibit, fill out our Book a Traveling Exhibit form and our curator will contact you.

 

Territorial Arkansas: The Wild Western Frontier 

Territorial Arkansas: The Wild Western Frontier explores the history of Arkansas Territory through the collections of the Arkansas State Archives. Established in 1819, Arkansas Territory was a wild frontier on the western edge of the United States, where politicians settled debates by deadly duels.  The sparsely populated land saw an influx of settlers arriving over land and rivers to establish small communities and isolated homesteads, developed territorial and county governments, farm the land and start new businesses.  Initially Arkansas Territory included what is now Oklahoma, but through changes in boundary lines and the relocation of Native Americans further and further west, the territory’s land was reduced to its present size in 1828.  After 17 years as a territory, Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836.

 

This exhibit consists of 15 banners stands.  The extended banner stands on display are each 38"W x 86"H x 8.6"D.  The banner stands in their individual cases for transport are each 40"L x 10"H x 5"D.

 

 

The Great War: Arkansas in World War I

The Great War: Arkansas in World War I

The Great War: Arkansas in World War I showcases images from the Arkansas State Archives' holdings, including original documents, photographs, posters, maps and historical objects that tell the story of Arkansas's role during World War I, at home and on the battlefields. The panels cover the chronology of the war as well as various facets of the conflict: training troops in Arkansas, actions overseas, the Home Front, providing for the war, healthcare and Arkansas heroes.

This exhibit consists of 12 banner stands.  The extended banner stands on display are each 85" H x 37.5" W x 8" D. The banner stands in their individual cases for transport are each 39.5" L x 8.5” W x 3.5" H.  A free standing literature stand/table is also available for this exhibit.


 


 

Fought in earnest: Civil War ArkansasFought in Earnest: Arkansas in the Civil War

The Arkansas State Archives' traveling exhibit, Fought in earnest: Civil War Arkansas, chronicles major historical events in Arkansas between 1861 and 1865, in addition to the circumstances leading up to war.  Images from Arkansas State Archives holdings, including original documents, photographs, maps, drawings, paintings, and artifacts, illustrate the story of the Civil War in Arkansas. These primary source materials offer a first-hand look at the lives of Confederate and Union soldiers, government officials, and civilians in Arkansas during this tumultuous time.

This exhibit consists of 15 banner stands. The extended banner stands on display are each 87 ¼” H x 35 ¼” W x 10” D. The collapsed banner stands in their individual cases are each 37 ½”L x 11 ¼” W x 4”D. A literature stand that attaches to the base of the first banner stand is also available for this exhibit. 



Arkansas African American Legislators, 1868-1893

Arkansas African-American Legislators Traveling Exhibit

This traveling exhibit, produced by the Arkansas State Archives and Black History Commission of Arkansas, tells the story of the eighty-five African Americans who served in the Arkansas General Assembly in the 19th century. After the Civil War, Arkansas adopted a new constitution in 1868 and its provisions included giving black males the right to vote and hold public office. African American lawyers, merchants, ministers, educators, farmers, and other professionals served in the Arkansas General Assembly. Photographs of forty-six of the eighty-five legislators are an integral part of this exhibit’s display. Also featured is a complete listing of the legislators and a short history of post-Civil War and election law “reforms” that effectively ended African Americans’ election to legislative positions until the 1970s.

This exhibit consists of 8 banner stands. The extended banner stands on display are each 87 ¼” H x 35 ¼” W x 10” D. The collapsed banner stands in their individual cases for transport are each 37 ½”L x 11 ¼” W x 4”D. A literature stand that attaches to the base of the first banner stand is available for this exhibit. Plastic rulers listing the African Americans who served in the Arkansas State Legislators between 1868 and 1893 are also available at no cost to educators.