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Arkansas: The Star Trek State

I know, I know, today is May 4th, as in May the Fourth (Force) Be with You! Each year, this special day reignites, to some extent, the old pop culture debate about which space-based franchise is the best. Apologies to you Star Wars folks trying to celebrate your special day, but it is beyond argument that Arkansas is certainly a Star Trek state.


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Prior Birth Index Offers Clues to the Past

The fifteen-volume Arkansas Prior Birth Index was published by the Arkansas Genealogical Society, compiling information on people born in the state of Arkansas before February 1, 1914, when the state did not require registration of births systemically. Factors such as the requirements for World War II military enlistments, defense plant employment, and the advent of Social Security caused a surge in Arkansas residents’ desire to document birth.


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Spring Shopping at the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

With Mother’s Day coming up next month (Sunday, May 9!), we’re excited to have some one-of-a-kind pieces of Arkansas art that are perfect for those special mothers, stepmothers, godmothers, and anyone else who deserves a treat for Mother’s Day.

Here is a sampling of the beautiful pieces we have for sale.

 


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Records Now Available for the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas/Preserve Arkansas

Preserve Arkansas was founded in 1980 as the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas to facilitate communication and cooperation among the various community and regional historic preservation organizations in Arkansas. Since its founding, it has held annual meetings/conferences, as well as workshops, fundraisers, and other activities. At each annual conference, the Alliance has presented awards in several categories for recent achievements of historic preservation in Arkansas.


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Terry Brewer’s Blood and Soil Exhibition on View Now

In this intriguing and timely exhibition, on view through April 7 in the CALS Roberts Library, Galleries at Library Square, artist Terry Brewer takes the hateful rallying cry for racial purity “Blood and Soil!” used in the past by Nazis and in the present by white supremacists and morphs it into the idea of working with both substances as media for thought-provoking art.


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The Maternal Line: A Genealogical Narrative

Over 20 years ago, as an undergraduate at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, I took Arkansas History with C. Fred Williams. One of the course requirements was to trace your family history back three generations and write a narrative about those family members. The brilliance of this assignment was it required students to develop research skills while exploring their own personal history.


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Via Negativa

You may have noticed that Arkansas was in the national news a few weeks ago. This is rarely a good thing.

In this particular case, the national ire and incredulity directed toward the Natural State related to two bills, House Bill 1218 and House Bill 1231, which would have prohibited schools from offering any curriculum that might broadly promote the idea of social justice and prohibited schools from using any curriculum linked to the New York Times’s 1619 Project,


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