Tag: Butler Banner Winter 2023

Dropping History Is Impossible

I recently had a student of mine, from when I was doing some adjunct teaching at the University of Arkansas Clinton School for Public Service, contact me regarding the possibility of her going back to school, this time for a PhD. What could I tell her about the program I myself attended? I could tell her plenty,


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Exploring the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927

The Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 was one of the largest natural disasters to affect Arkansas, as well as the largest and most destructive flood in our nation’s history, inundating over 27,000 square miles. Arkansas was the hardest hit of the states: Of the seventy-five counties in Arkansas, thirty-six of them were under water.


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Be Transported by History

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the CALS Roberts Library recently digitized over 550 photographs from its Transportation Photograph Collection. Included in the collection are images of transportation-related subjects from areas in the state outside of Pulaski County. (The Pulaski County photos are in a different collection: Pulaski County Transportation Photograph Collection.)

The Transportation Photograph Collection contains photos and other images of trains and train stations,


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Flipping the Page on the Modern Era

It’s hard to tell when you’ve turned the corner from one historical epoch to another. In fact, the argument could be made that very rarely is the break from one period to another so clean. Sitting in front of my television on September 11, 2001, the world felt like it had suddenly tilted hard, that nothing would be the same.


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Cooking Up History: The Story Behind the Cookie

Led by community outreach archivist Danielle Afsordeh, on December 12, 2022, several patrons gathered at the CALS Dee Brown Library to learn about how Arkansans have celebrated Christmas over the state’s history. With the help of kitchen programmer Justin Vess, the group also baked cookies using a 1923 sour cream cookie recipe from the collection of the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.


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Newspapers at Our Fingertips

Back in November I went back to the Arkansas State Archives for my first visit in more than a year, needing to access some railroad commission records, as well as a newspaper from 1933. I had spent a lot of time there in the early 2000s, when I was working on my dissertation on “racial cleansing,” or the expulsion of African Americans from various communities across Arkansas.


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