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Starting Your Family History Research? Get the Basics Here

Who am I? How did I end up here?

A fascination with family history sometimes begins with simple personal curiosity. Most people don’t know their complete family trees, and a mysterious past naturally leads to questions: Were my ancestors rich or poor? Did they overcome hardship?  Did a certain talent or health problem run in my family?


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An Artist in Prison is Still an Artist

He was an award-winning artist with a BFA in painting, and he lived in California.

He had studied the French masters in Paris.

His paintings had appeared in prestigious shows such as the Salon d’Automne.

And in 1942, he was taken from his California home, along with his wife and children,


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Panel Discussion on Japanese American Internment Camps Harnesses the Power of History for Positive Change

“Just the other day, they were talking about building another [immigrant prison] camp in Kelso, Arkansas. Whether you are a Republican or Democrat, a liberal or conservative, you know that’s a bad idea. I was out there the other day at Kelso. You could see the smokestack of the Rohwer camp from that site.” Richard Yada

The Ron Robinson Theater was filled with memory,


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Three Generations of Artistry: Brewer Family Exhibition Brings Famed WWII Painting, Luminous Landscapes

“A Legacy of Brewers” is now open in the West Gallery, featuring works by three generations of Brewer painters. Some of the paintings have not been on public display for twenty years. Others have never been available to the public at all. The most famous painting, Adrian Brewer’s “Sentinel of Freedom,” is on loan from the Naval Academy in Annapolis,


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Survivor of Japanese-American Internment Camp and Son Will Speak at Film Screening on July 13

Will history repeat itself as the USA faces an immigration crisis and incarcerates immigrants in camps?

Voices of experience will speak on the painful cost paid by their own families after a similar confinement of Japanese Americans in Arkansas during World War II.

Relocation, Arkansas: Aftermath of Incarceration will show on July 13 at 3:00 pm in the Ron Robinson Theater at Library Square.


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