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Honoring Vietnam Veterans: Seeking Stories from Women and Men Who Served

For American Baby Boomers and Generation Xers, the Vietnam War was a major part of cultural consciousness. Filmmakers and musicians explored the war and its aftershocks throughout the 1970s and 1980s as the ongoing emotional difficulties faced by many Vietnam veterans gave rise to a new medical term: PTSD. But as three more decades rolled by,


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Women’s Suffrage at CALS

On July 28, 1919, the Arkansas legislature voted to ratify the 19th Amendment. Arkansas was the 12th state to do so. By August 1920, 36 states had ratified the amendment, and women’s right to vote became law on August 26, 1920.

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies has a number of video lectures about the women’s suffrage movement in our collection.


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Penick-Worthen-Brandon Family Papers Now Open to Researchers

This collection contains documents, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia related to the family of James H. Penick Sr. and Mary Booker Worthen Penick, including histories of both the Penick and the Worthen families, as well as the couple’s descendants. The material in this collection spans seven generations (listed below) and 180 years, beginning in the early days of Little Rock’s history and ending with the dawn of the twenty-first century.


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Records Now Available for Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)

Arkansas Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) was founded in Little Rock, Arkansas, in June 1970 as a grassroots organization composed of community groups made up of low- and moderate-income families. When partner organizations were founded in other states, the name was changed to the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, although the original name continued to be used in Arkansas for some time.


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Coming This Spring from Butler Center Books—OUTSPOKEN: The Olly Neal Story


CALS Butler Center Books
May 2020, 300 pages, 6×9, approx. 20 images
$29.95 paperback ISBN 978-1-945624-25-4

“You might wonder if a community health clinic could actually be the spark that ignited a civil rights fire in a quiet Delta town. It was. Or you might not believe that an inexperienced health clinic director could become a civil rights bogeyman or hero depending on who you were talking to.


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