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    Governor Beebe proclaims October 21-27 as Arkansas Archives Week



    Governor Mike Beebe has proclaimed October 21-27 as Arkansas Archives Week. The Arkansas History Commission will celebrate with activities across the state that stress the value of Arkansas historical records, highlight the many ways these records enrich our lives and recognize those who maintain our state’s historical records. As part of the annual observance the Arkansas History Commission will host the following free events: October 26, 2012 – History Bits and Bites, a brown bag lunch program, will feature the AHC’s conservator and curator demonstrating how to care for and properly store family heirlooms. Textiles, ceramics, metals, artwork, and photographs will be among the topics discussed. The free program begins at 12 noon in the conference room of the Arkansas History Commission. To register or for more information, contact October 27, 2012 – Free seminar at Historic Washington State Park, Washington Arkansas, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn about caring for family photographs, digital photo resources at the AHC, images from the Walz collection at the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, weaponry along the Southwest Trail, 1862 Washington, and how to use primary resources in exhibits and publications. Lunch is provided, but registration is required. For more information or to register, email In addition, Historic Washington State Park will host the AHC’s Fought in earnest traveling exhibit from October 17-November 5. The exhibit showcases images from the Arkansas History Commission’s holdings. 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 from 1861 to 1865. The Arkansas History Commission is the official state archives, with research facilities in Little Rock, Powhatan, and Washington, Arkansas.