Month: January 2020

Coming This Spring from Butler Center Books—OUTSPOKEN: The Olly Neal Story

CALS Butler Center Books
May 2020, 300 pages, 6×9, approx. 20 images
$29.95 paperback ISBN 978-1-945624-25-4

“You might wonder if a community health clinic could actually be the spark that ignited a civil rights fire in a quiet Delta town. It was. Or you might not believe that an inexperienced health clinic director could become a civil rights bogeyman or hero depending on who you were talking to.

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A Word from the Roberts Library by Glenn Whaley

You last heard from me just as I was moving my office one door over and taking the position of manager of the CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art. It’s been a busy three months, and there’s plenty to share with you as we start a brand-new year.

The year 2019 by the numbers: 

More than 43,000 people visited the newly redesigned Butler Center/Roberts Library website.

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Local Students Find Their Place in History at the CALS Roberts Library Research Room

The first way historians often try to reach young people is to show them that history is not just a dusty portrait of a politician on the wall or a dry recitation of dates and battles. History comes alive for individuals who realize that history is a mirror—a mirror in which their own images reflect all the past stories of light and shadow that have made them who they are today.

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Butler Banner Archive

The Butler Banner archives between 1999-2018 are available in PDF format only. The Butler Banner was our print newsletter.

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