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Arkansas League of Artists: Members’ Exhibition

Opens May 8

Galleries at Library Square, Concordia Hall Gallery

 

The Arkansas League of Artists is an organization formed to promote the visual arts in Arkansas to all ages. The annual Members’ Exhibition provides an opportunity for each active member to showcase their work in one of the following categories: Abstract/Contemporary, Animal/Wildlife, Portrait/Figure, Land/City/Sea scape, and Floral/Still Life.  The League consists of artists from all over the state who gather to learn through the demonstrations of techniques,

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Finding Family Facts – August 10

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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Due to ongoing public health concerns, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended all programs and outreach through the end of August.

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It’s Growing On ‘Em: Black Hair’s Fight for Social Acceptance

Speaker: Stephanie Sims

Representation of beauty, and hair’s place in that representation, has been a concern in popular culture for many decades, with media sources often depicting African Americans–and their hair–in a poor light. Hair has become a focal point of African Americans’ struggle to define who they are in corporate America, and in Black culture. I’ll examine the history behind Black hair’s fight for social acceptance through a national lens and also discuss its impact on smaller communities,

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Finding Family Facts – August 13

The Butler Center offers a beginner’s genealogy class, 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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Due to ongoing public health concerns, Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) has suspended all programs and outreach through the end of August.

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Ledger Art from the J. W. Wiggins Contemporary Native American Art Collection

August 14–November 28, 2020

Galleries at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

As part of the Central Arkansas Library System’s celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Arkansas author Dee Brown’s classic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, the CALS Galleries at Library Square are honored to host an exhibition of ledger art from the J. W. Wiggins Contemporary Native American Art Collection.

Wiggins explains that these “contemporary Ledger Art Drawings are created by Native American artists from the late 1980s until today.

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National Health Care Community: Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, 1921–1936

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: Janis K. Percefull, historian, author, educator, and public speaker

Janis K. Percefull earned a BA in History at Ouachita Baptist University and a master’s in public history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. As a graduate student, she was awarded the UAMS History of Medicine Research Award (2001) and won the UALR Gender Studies Research Paper Contest (2003).

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About the Program Series

With the COVID-19 pandemic having caused more than 100,000 deaths in the United States alone by the beginning of June 2020,

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The Legacy of Race and the Question of Reconciliation in Arkansas

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents

The worldwide demonstrations against racism and police brutality that followed the murder of George Floyd earlier this year drew attention to the deep history of race and violence in the United States and beyond. At the same time, these demonstrations raised the questions:

  • Where do we go from here?
  • How do we achieve a future in which reconciliation and restoration finally become a reality for all people?
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Libby Copeland, The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are

CALS Roberts Library presents author Libby Copeland in a virtual program about her book The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are. 

The book talk will be a Zoom webinar and will be streamed to YouTube Live, and then archived on YouTube for later viewing. Attendees must register to participate in Zoom webinar and ask questions of the speaker. 

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About The Lost Family

The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are (Abrams,

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Where Every Day Was Like a Tuesday: A History of the Arkansas Tuberculosis Sanatorium, 1910–1973

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: Rachel Patton, executive director of Preserve Arkansas

Rachel Patton is a native of Farmington, Arkansas. She holds a BA in history/political science from Arkansas Tech University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. With more than twelve years of experience working in historic preservation in Arkansas, she currently serves as executive director of Preserve Arkansas,

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Olly Neal, Jr., The Olly Neal Story

Six Bridges Book Festival presents Outspoken: The Olly Neal Story, a virtual conversation with author Olly Neal.

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Born in 1941 on a farm near Marianna in rural eastern Arkansas, Olly Neal Jr. grew up in a large family with parents who insisted on their children getting a good education. Neal had the intellect but not the temperament to be a good student in high school, but a teacher took an interest in him when she saw him steal a book rather than risk his tough-guy reputation if someone saw him checking it out.

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