Month: August 2021

One Last Manuscript Collection: A Farewell from Shirley Schuette

To fill up the last few days of my time as an archival assistant for the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Research Services Division manager Brian Robertson gave me a handful of small collections, each consisting of just one letter from the Civil War era. Whether a collection is small or large, processing it requires researching the background and producing a finding aid that will introduce the collection to researchers.


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Art Happenings around the Central Arkansas Library System

The bronze sculpture Connections was commissioned from artist Michael Warrick for the opening of the Maumelle Library in 1996. Over the years, the sculpture was moved from the front of the building to the back. Now, it sits inside the library next to the large front-facing windows.

Connections has a new patina and solid limestone base.


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On View: Clara’s Sketchbook by Clara Mitchell

The Landing at the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

July 9–September 25, 2021

This exhibition highlights artwork by a new artist in Little Rock’s gallery scene. These pen-and-ink drawings, both serene and macabre, resonate with an emotional honesty rendered with a strong technique.

 

Artist statement from Clara Mitchell:

When I was a child,


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Genetic Genealogy: Understanding Your DNA and How to Use It in Genealogy

On Saturday, July 24, the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies hosted a virtual workshop on genetic genealogy. The program was presented by Shannon Christmas, an experienced genealogist specializing in genetic, colonial American, and African American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas. He serves as a 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador,


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