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    Arkansas State Archives Announces Arkansas's Italian Foodways Event



    Little Rock - The Arkansas State Archives will host its fourth annual Arkansas foodways symposium from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 16, at the north campus of UA Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst announced today. The symposium's theme, Fruit of the Vine: Arkansas's Italian Communities and Foodways, will feature presentations by Chris Dorer, Dr. Rebecca Howard, Regina Moyer and State Archives staff member Terra Titsworth.

    Topics will include Little Italy, Arkansas: A Bootlegger's Oasis; Aren't Grits Just Polenta?: Italians in the Ozarks; and Sunnyside: Italian Tradition from Past to Present. The day will conclude with a cooking demonstration by professionally trained chef, Terra Titsworth, who will be preparing cannoli.

    The seminar is $12 and registration is required. Check-in will begin at 9:15 a.m. Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance. An Arkansas Italian fare lunch will be prepared by chefs from UA - Pulaski Tech Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute and a wine tasting will be provided for symposium participants. Deadline for registration will be Sept. 11.

    The Arkansas State Archives is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and is responsible for collecting and maintaining the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world. The State Archives has two branch locations: the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Powhatan and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Washington.

    Other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include the Arkansas Arts Council, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

    This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Arkansas State Archives and funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.

    For more information about the symposium, email or call 501-682-6900. To register, visit