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Taylor Swift in Arkansas

I was flipping through some old Butler Center paperwork when the top line of one message caught my eye. It said, “I appreciate you forwarding the pages about Taylor Swift’s return from Liberia…” My first thought was that I had never heard that world-renowned musician Taylor Swift had ever been in Liberia, or in any part of Africa.

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In The Neighborhood

The area in Little Rock historically called “the south end” is framed by Interstate 30 on the east side, Roosevelt Road on the north side, the Arkansas State Fairgrounds on the west side, and Fourche Creek on the south side. This appears to be the first extension of the original city boundaries of Little Rock.

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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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Booking It: Bibliographic Adventures with the EOA

Late last year, I wrote about how I ended up reading a selection of romance novels and other books of the sort I would not normally read, spurred on by a freelance writing gig. I imagined that these were amusing, one-time ventures, but little did I know what fate had in store.

In early February,

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Nature Conservancy Collection Now Open to Researchers

In the forty-two years that the Arkansas Field Office of the Nature Conservancy has operated, staff and volunteers have combined their efforts to conserve hundreds of thousands of acres of natural habitat in the state. This protected land includes forests, prairies, rivers, streams, and wetlands. Conservancy efforts have created and preserved national wildlife refuges, wildlife management areas,

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Department of Corrections: The EOA at 18

So the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is now eighteen years old, having celebrated its birthday last week. I am told by my associate editor that I should write a celebratory piece, but all I can remember from my eighteenth birthday is registering for Selective Service at the post office and then going to the Craighead County Courthouse to register to vote.

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