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The New Madrid Earthquakes and Their Aftermath in Quapaw Country, 1811-1833

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The New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811–1812 were the strongest earthquakes in the North American interior in the last six centuries. Across the vast expanse of land the seismic events affected, people struggled to address the earthquakes’ religious meaning and material impact. This talk focuses on the earthquakes in Quapaw country, where the events featured in recorded Quapaw oral histories and became a factor in Quapaw territorial dispossession through the New Madrid Relief Act of 1815.

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. 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. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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CALS Closed for Thanksgiving

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed in observation of Thanksgiving, beginning at 6pm Wednesday, November 27.  CALS will remain closed Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29.  Regular hours will resume Saturday, November 30.  Finally, CALS will be closed Sunday, December 1.  All buildings and branches will resume normal hours Monday, December 2, 2019.

For more information, please call 501.918.3000.

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CALS Closed for Thanksgiving

All branches and buildings of the Central Arkansas Library System will be closed in observation of Thanksgiving, beginning at 6pm Wednesday, November 27.  CALS will remain closed Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29.  Regular hours will resume Saturday, November 30.  Finally, CALS will be closed Sunday, December 1.  All buildings and branches will resume normal hours Monday, December 2, 2019.

For more information, please call 501.918.3000.

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. 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. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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2nd Friday Art Night at Library Square

On the second Friday of each month, The Galleries at Library Square and The Bookstore at Library Square participate in 2nd Friday Art Night (2FAN), a time when the galleries, museums and businesses in downtown Little Rock, are open from 5-8 p.m. for an after-hours gallery walk. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The Galleries at Library Square exhibitions and music:

West Gallery: The Arkansas Pastel Society: 2019 National Pastel Show 

Concordia Gallery: “Pass the Biscuits!”: The King Biscuit Blues Festival and Arkansas Blues

Underground Gallery: Carol Corning: Reflections

Loft Gallery: New Work by John Kushmaul

Musical Guest: DJ Mike Poe’s special holiday mix

The Bookstore at Library Square exhibition:

Opening in the Third Floor Gallery: DebiLynn Fendley

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Off the Grid: A History of Nature, Black Power, and Freedom on the Arkansas Frontier

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Canebrakes, speckled perch, chinquapins and blackberries, mink and beaver: Arkansas’s natural bounty was a major draw for hundreds of thousands of African Americans who migrated to the state after Emancipation in search of greater freedom and self-determination. What did freedpeople—some native to Arkansas and others newly arrived—learn about their natural environment from their experiences living and working in the New South’s last wilderness?  Through images, stories, and botanical specimens from the field, historian Story Matkin-Rawn and ecologist Theo Witsell will share their research on the challenges of frontier life and use of wild resources among African Americans in the Natural State.

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Finding Family Facts

Join us for a beginner’s genealogy class taught by Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy expert, from the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. 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. No registration required.

Free and open to the public.

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Finding Family Facts

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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