October is Arkansas Archives Month!
This month, Arkansas will be joining the rest of the United States in celebrating American Archives Month, a time set aside to raise awareness of the important services provided by archives and historical repositories by collecting, preserving, and making available for public use government records and historical materials.
Arkansas has a rich and varied history, and it is the task of the state's archives to serve as its memory keeper. Archival records and collections document a range of events, from those with national and international significance to those with regional and local importance. By collecting, preserving, and making available the historical records of the state and its people, Arkansas archives and historical repositories connect Arkansas's past with its future, preserving the story of the state for generations to come.
Please join the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives in celebrating Arkansas Archives Month by visiting an archives or hosting your own event to celebrate the important role that archives play in preserving our state’s history.
To submit details of an event to the Arkansas Archives Month page, please send an email to Mary Dunn, with the title of the event, name of sponsoring organization, date(s) of event, start and end times of event, location, and a brief description.
We look forward to celebrating Arkansas's ongoing story with you!
Arkansas Archives Month Governor's Proclamation
Arkansas Archives Month Poster
Arkansas Archives Month Calender of Events
-October 1st - 10th: The Civil War Traveling Exhibit, Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas will be on display at Southern Arkansas University's Magale Library in Magnolia, Arkansas. The exhibit is free and open to the public 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mondays - Fridays. Original documents, photographs, maps, drawings, paintings and artifacts illustrate the story of the Civil War in Arkansas, offering a first-hand look at the lives of Confederate and Union soldiers, government officials, and civilians from 1861 to 1865.
-October 17th - 31st: The Civil War Traveling Exhibit, Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas will be on display in the foyer of Dryer Hall at Arkansas State University Mountain Home, in Mountain Home, Arkansas. The exhibit is free and open to the public 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Mondays - Thursdays, and 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Fridays. Original documents, photographs, maps, drawings, paintings and artifacts illustrate the story of the Civil War in Arkansas, offering a first-hand look at the lives of Confederate and Union soldiers, government officials, and civilians from 1861 to 1865.
-October 18th: The Arkansas History Commission and the Southwest Regional Archives (SARA) will be hosting a history symposium, "Murder, Mayhem, and Lies: Investigating Some of Arkansas's Historical Cold Cases," from 9 a.m. until noon at the 1914 Schoolhouse at Historic Washington State Park in Washington, Arkansas. Topics will include: On the Hunt of the Texarkana Moonlight Phantom, a look into the unsolved 1946 serial killings in Texarkana; E.A. Hitchcock Investigates: The Case of the Missing Chickasaw Money, which will explore the investigation into the defrauding of the Chickasaw nation during their removal to Oklahoma during the 1830s; and The Maxwell Case, the 1949 court case, State of Arkansas v. Herman Maxwell, which was appealed to the Supreme Court and ended in an execution, contributing to the early stirring of the Civil Rights movement at Hope. The seminar is free but registration is required. For more information about the symposium or to register, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 501-682-6900.