October is Archives Month at the Arkansas History Commission! This is an important time for the AHC and we will be sponsoring many events throughout the month. Make plans to celebrate Archives Month with us! You can also watch the AHC Facebook page for event updates.
September 30 - November 1 The AHC's Fought in Earnest Civil War exhibit will be on display at the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum, at 201 E. 4th Ave. Pine Bluff, AR. The museum is open from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday, and from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays.
October 1 Archival Assistant Hannah Charlton will speak at the Arkansas River Valley chapter meeting held in the WRI Station Teaching Barn on Petit Jean Mountain at 7pm. Her talk will be "Pomp and Circumstance: 18th Century Smuggling Ties Between Pennsylvania and Bermuda."
October 3 Archivist Lauren Jarvis will speak at the Baring Cross Baptist Church in Sherwood at 11am. Her talk will be “In the “Grippe” of Influenza: Arkansas and the Spanish Flu epidemic, 1918-1919.”
October 5 The AHC will have an informational booth at the Annual Wrightsville Day at the Wrightsville City Hall Park in south Little Rock.
October 7 Archival Manager Jane Wilkerson will speak about immigration to the Conway County Historical Society at 7pm.
October 12 In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the creation of the state flag, the AHC will be at the Arkansas Flag/Wabbaseka Memorial Showcase and Dedication in Wabbaseka City Park from 10am-2pm displaying copies of some of the original flag designs submitted in a contest to determine the official state flag in 1913. AHC staff will speak briefly about Mrs. Willie Hocker, the winner of the contest and other talks will also be given about the state flag.
October 19 John Freshour, Archival Technician at the AHC will be speaking to middle and high school students on “Using Newspapers as Primary Sources” at the History Day Arkansas Fall Workshop, at Pulaski Heights Middle School in Little Rock.
October 26 is our annual fall seminar at Historic Washington State Park, titled “Governors, Ghosts and Gavottes.” Talks will include, “Daniel Webster Jones: Governor of Arkansas from Washington” by Peggy Lloyd, “Building a Town – The Architectural Styles of Early Washington, Arkansas” by Leita Spears, “The Lure of the Unexplained” by Billy Nations, and “Dances From the Past” by Josh Williams. The seminar will begin at 10am and lunch will be provided. Registration is required and the deadline to register is October 22. You may register by emailing April Goff. firstname.lastname@example.org
October 28 Archival Assistant Brian Irby will speak to the White County Historical Society at Harding Place in Searcy at 7pm. His talk will focus on the World War I experience in Arkansas.
October 30 The Old State House will host Archival Manager Jane Wilkerson for their Brown Bag Lunch Lectures series. Wilkerson’s talk is titled “U.S. District Attorney Charles Finley Cole: A Teddy Roosevelt Republican in a Yellow Dog State” and will be from 12pm-1pm. You are welcome to bring your lunch.
October 31-November 1 Archivist Jeff Lewellen and Archival Technician John Freshour will present "Notes and Threads – Connections in Arkansas Music," about Arkansas's rich musical history. The AHC will have an informational booth set up at the Arkansas Curriculum Conference at the Heifer Village in Little Rock. This conference is not free. Go to http://cmase.uark.edu/ACC/ACC2013/2013ACCReg-F.pdf to register.