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Signs of Fall at the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

As we head into the cooler days of fall, the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, located on the first floor of the CALS Bobby L. Roberts Library of Arkansas History & Art, is loaded with treasures and treats for your eyes. We have art from amazingly talented Arkansas artists, as well as fun and engaging books written by Arkansas authors.


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A Family in Bloom: The Legacy of William Harold Flowers

A series of articles on Arkansas’s Black role models appeared in the Arkansas Democrat in February 1989. Thomas Sissom, with the paper’s Pine Bluff bureau, wrote his article about William Harold Flowers. The first line is: “Family is most important to Harold Flowers, and his includes anyone who can share his philosophy of caring for others.”

William Harold Flowers is known for his legal and ministerial career.


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One Last Manuscript Collection: A Farewell from Shirley Schuette

To fill up the last few days of my time as an archival assistant for the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Research Services Division manager Brian Robertson gave me a handful of small collections, each consisting of just one letter from the Civil War era. Whether a collection is small or large, processing it requires researching the background and producing a finding aid that will introduce the collection to researchers.


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Art Happenings around the Central Arkansas Library System

The bronze sculpture Connections was commissioned from artist Michael Warrick for the opening of the Maumelle Library in 1996. Over the years, the sculpture was moved from the front of the building to the back. Now, it sits inside the library next to the large front-facing windows.

Connections has a new patina and solid limestone base.


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On View: Clara’s Sketchbook by Clara Mitchell

The Landing at the Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

July 9–September 25, 2021

This exhibition highlights artwork by a new artist in Little Rock’s gallery scene. These pen-and-ink drawings, both serene and macabre, resonate with an emotional honesty rendered with a strong technique.

 

Artist statement from Clara Mitchell:

When I was a child,


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Genetic Genealogy: Understanding Your DNA and How to Use It in Genealogy

On Saturday, July 24, the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies hosted a virtual workshop on genetic genealogy. The program was presented by Shannon Christmas, an experienced genealogist specializing in genetic, colonial American, and African American genealogy in Virginia and the Carolinas. He serves as a 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador,


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Going Beyond the Individual with the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas

Self-perception is distorted when we treat such things—principally ourselves—as models for reality, making separability and independence, not reciprocity, our moral ideal. Weather is the better paradigm for inquiries regarding the categorical features of things, because weather is systemic. Every system evolving within the atmosphere has a merely temporary integrity, and a character determined as much by its conditions as by its internal states.


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Jim Lynch Papers Now Open to Researchers

Jim Lynch is a community activist in Little Rock. Since 1975, he has organized and represented the citizens of the community and of Pulaski County to guide its elected leaders in matters such as taxation, urban growth, environmental protection, and law enforcement.

James Russell (Jim) Lynch was born on July 12, 1946, in Springfield,


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