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Allen Jarvis: Land, Water, and Sky

ON VIEW Friday, June 10–Saturday, August 27
Landing Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

Many of the places that inspired these simple abstract landscapes of land, water, and sky are in Arkansas and Alabama, especially in the wetlands area of upper Mobile Bay. Artist Allen Jarvis uses objects like yardsticks, rulers, and brightly colored protractors—affixed to reclaimed wood—to build the playful bridges and manmade structures from memory, creating joyful paintings that remind him of the journeys that inspired them.

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Yard Work: Inspirations Found in Our Own Backyards

ON VIEW Friday, June 10–Saturday, October 1
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

In this exhibition featuring four artists who first met each other in the University of Central Arkansas Art Department over a decade ago, Kristen Spickard, Barbara Satterfield, Britynn Davis, and Deborah Kuster have come together again to showcase their artistic responses to nature and backyard experiences.

As an apartment dweller,

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2nd Friday Art Night at Roberts Library (August 2022)

OPENING EXHIBITIONS

Steven Wise: O…Is for Ozarks

Friday, August 12–Saturday, October 29, 2022
Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square

O…Is for Ozarks is made up of large pictures inspired by artist Steven Wise’s study of the Ozark Mountains, the natural surroundings in which he lives and which he considers home. These new works derive from his exploration of the natural world of northwest Arkansas as both naturalist and artist.

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Cooking Up History

Community Outreach Archivist Danielle Afsordeh will discuss the background of historic foodways in Arkansas and how they influenced recipes generations ago, and Justin Vess will guide program attendees through cooking a historic recipe from the Butler Center’s expansive cookbook collection. After the cooking demonstration, Danielle will assist attendees in scanning their own family recipes to have digital copies to share with family and friends.

Danielle Afsordeh, Community Outreach Archivist at the CALS Roberts Library/Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and Justin Vess,

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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (August 18)

Learn how to organize your personal papers, photos, scrapbooks, and other items to digitize and store them for future generations. And find out more about CALS DIY Memory Lab and how to use it to preserve your family history.

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CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club – The Once and Future Witches

Book – The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Scholar – Wendy Lucas, University of Central Arkansas

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WHAT? 

The CALS Women’s Suffrage Book Club is a book discussion series focusing on texts about the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the United States. Each discussion will include a brief presentation by a local scholar followed by a discussion of the book.

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Suzanne Pharr — “The Women’s Project: Working Across Race, Gender, and Economics”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Suzanne Pharr

Suzanne Pharr will tell the story of the Women’s Project’s efforts to build a local women’s movement in the 1980s and 1990s and show how it worked across race, gender, and economic lines to bring about social change in Arkansas. The discussion will include insights into how these strategies can help confront crises that we now face.

Suzanne Pharr,

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2nd Friday Art Night at Roberts Library (September 2022)

Featured Artist: Marlene Gremillion
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Featured Author: Kelli Marks (Easy One-Bowl Baking)

Featured Music: Bluesboy Jag

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Steven Wise: O…Is for Ozark
Loft Gallery

Now through Saturday, October 29, 2022

O…Is for Ozarks is made up of large pictures inspired by artist Steven Wise’s study of the Ozark Mountains,

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Finding Family Facts (September 12)

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center’s local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

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“Navigating El Nuevo South: The Geographies of Inclusion, Exclusion, and Safety for Hispanic Young Adults”

Speaker: Maria Escobar

Grounded in her own experience growing up as the child of Mexican immigrants in northwest Arkansas, Escobar examines how Hispanic and Latinx young adults in a “new immigrant destination” and “second-generation sundown towns” seek belonging and safety in public spaces and institutional settings that sometimes exclude them.

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Maria Escobar is a sociology professor at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. She was raised in northwest Arkansas and graduated from Springdale High School in 2014.

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2022 Genealogy Workshop

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies PRESENTS

Annual Genealogy Workshop featuring Lori Thornton

This event will be hybrid. Participants can attend in person or participate virtually via Zoom the day of the event.

THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE RECORDED AND WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW LATER.

9:30 – 9:45  Welcome & Announcements  9:45 – 10:45  Online Resources for Southeastern States Research  10:45 – 11:45  Descendant Research: Finding DNA Matches and Other Contemporary Cousins  11:45 – 1:00  LUNCH (on your own) 1:00 – 2:00  Left Behind: Wills and Probate for the Genealogist—Learn what records are available  2:15 – 3:15  Social Media for Genealogists 3:15 – 3:30  Closing Remarks

How to participate

In-person: This event will be held in the CALS Ron Robinson Theater located at Library Square in downtown Little Rock.

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Finding Family Facts (November 14)

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center’s local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

Register for Finding Family Facts

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