The Arkansas State Archives will present a free symposium, “1819-1836: A History of Territorial Arkansas,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock.
Special speakers at the symposium include: Theo Witsell, chief of research and inventory of the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, who will discuss the Thomas Nuttall exploration of Arkansas; Dr. Charles Bolton, history professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, who will present “Federal Aid and the Infrastructure of Arkansas Territory;” Callie Williams, education outreach coordinator with the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, who will talk about Territorial era buildings; and local author and historian Gary Pinkerton, who will talk about Trammel’s Trace.
The Arkansas State Archives’ traveling exhibit, “Territorial Arkansas: The Wild Western Frontier,” will be on display at the event. Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours by attending.
The event is free and lunch is provided, but reservations are required by Oct. 20. Reservations can be made online or by contacting the Arkansas State Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org or 501-682-6900.
The symposium is among several events the Arkansas State Archives are presenting as part of National Archives Month this October. More information is available at the Arkansas State Archives website. Arkansas Archives Month is meant to celebrate and raise awareness of the work archives and archivists do in preserving Arkansas historical records and artifacts and in making them accessible to the public.