Month: June 2024

70th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board Decision

May 17, 2024, marked the seventieth anniversary of the milestone decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas by the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned Plessy v. Ferguson. The 1954 Brown decision unanimously ruled that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S.

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Julia McGaughey DeJanis Collection Now Open

In a 1987 interview, ninety-one-year-old Julia Irene McGaughey DeJanis credited her spirit of adventure and romance with her decision to enlist in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Many years later, this service with the Allied Expeditionary Forces during World War I qualified her to join the American Legion. In her adopted city of North Little Rock,

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Summer Art Exhibitions and Experiences at CALS

This summer offers many opportunities to view and experience art at the Central Arkansas Library System through exhibitions, events, and workshops!


Catch this one before it closes! Jay Youngdahl’s exhibition What Did You Learn in School Today? opened in April in the CALS Roberts Library Underground Gallery and closes on June 29.

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Reconnecting with My Roots

When assigned a family tree project in elementary school, I was more focused on the poster board formatting challenges presented in the assignment than on the actual people I was to include. Family trees seemed like a lot of work, and I knew who my family was. I saw them at all the major holidays,

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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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