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    Arkansas History Commission Launches Updated and Enhanced Website



    The Arkansas History Commission (AHC) launched its redesigned website March 20, 2007, at  The new home page features easier navigation and interactive elements, including a Civil War Arkansas screensaver and virtual postcards. The “Today in Arkansas History” feature displays a Walter J. Lemke drawing for each day of the year.  The “About Us” gives information on the AHC, Commission members and staff, our branch archives – the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives (SARA) located at Washington, Arkansas, the Black History Advisory Committee, the Arkansas State Historical Records Advisory Board (AHRAB), and volunteering.  “Plan Your Visit” will equip anyone to visit the AHC.  “How to Research” offers information on the types of materials held by the AHC and access to source materials lists, research tips, and order forms.  Updates about events and holdings are available in “News & Events.” 
    The newest star at the Arkansas History Commission is CARAT – Catalog of Arkansas Resources and Archival Treasures.  In CARAT, researchers can search holdings through online databases (including Biodex, county records, land records, newspaper holdings, Arkansas Confederate Pensions, Arkansas Confederate Home Records, master list of microfilm, the Small Manuscript Collections, and Shrader and Thomas Harding negatives).  Through the online public access catalog (OPAC) patrons can search for books, pamphlets, and over 12,500 historical Arkansas photographs.  Ancestry Library Edition, now available at the AHC, provides free service to patrons in our research room.  Watch CARAT for the launch of “Documenting Arkansas,” our newest digital project, which will allow digital access to significant Arkansas archival materials including Arkansas’s constitutions, the Walter J. Lemke drawings, submissions to the Arkansas flag contest, as well as selected letters, pamphlets, broadsides and maps.  If you have a question or comment, email