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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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Capturing Your Hispanic Heritage

Heather Zbinden, programs and website coordinator, and Danielle Afsordeh, community outreach archivist, will give an overview of the Roberts Library Memory Lab, personal archiving programming, and oral history toolkits, as well as genealogy resources available through CALS. Afsordeh will also share some tips on conducting oral history interviews with family members who have immigrated to the United States from Mexico and Latin America.

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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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Calvin White and Michael Pierce: “Race, Labor, and Violence in the Delta”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Calvin White and Michael Pierce

In September 2019—on the 100th anniversary of the Elaine Massacre—a group of scholars met in Little Rock to share research on the ways that labor and racialized violence have intersected in the Delta since the Civil War. The purpose was not to distract attention from the Elaine Massacre but to historicize it,

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

Featured Artist: Paul Milholland (woodworking)
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Featured Author: Chris Massingill, author of Sock Monster Problems. She will have both books and sock monsters available for sale.

Featured Music: Rolling Blackouts

Robin Neveu Brown and the Rock Moves Contemporary Dance Troupe will be performing on Count Pulaski Way next to the Roberts Library during the October 2FAN

OPENING EXHIBITIONS

Our Community Through My Lens
Landing Gallery

Photography—a medium full of potential.

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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (October 20)

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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Julius Wilm—”Populist Politics and Settlement Practice: Free Land in Arkansas from the 1830s to the 1920s”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Julius Wilm

Historians typically associate homesteading (the practice of settlers claiming government land free of charge through improvement) with the Great Plains states. Yet, one could argue that Arkansas is a particularly prominent location in this history: As early as the 1830s, petition campaigns from the Arkansas Territory demanded such a law, and beginning in 1840, the state government distributed tax-forfeited lands under conditions that anticipated the 1862 federal Homestead Act.

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

Featured Artist: Susan Strauss (jewelry)
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Featured Author: Adele Holmes, author of Winter’s Reckoning.

Featured Music: Matt Stone (solo guitar)

OPENING EXHIBITION

Natural Connections: Paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn 
Loft Gallery

This exciting collection of paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn explores a visual dialogue with the natural world and nature’s deep connections to their own family histories.

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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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Researching Your Historic Home: Stifft Station, Capitol View, and Hillcrest

Hear about the development of these early twentieth-century Little Rock neighborhoods and their enduring historical significance, and learn how to research the history of homes within their boundaries with Community Outreach Archivist Danielle Afsordeh. Join us at the CALS Fletcher Library to learn some tips and tricks for researching the history of homes using resources available through the Central Arkansas Library System and the archival collections at the CALS Roberts Library.

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Personal Archiving and Prepping to Digitize Your Personal Papers, Photos, and Other Stuff (November 17)

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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Illustrated Arkansas: The Art of Comics

On View ~ October 14, 2022–January 28, 2023
Underground Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

The Illustrated Arkansas exhibition features artists living and working in the state who have created or contributed to print or digital comics and graphic novels. The exhibition will represent a wide range of illustration styles and media of the comics art form.

CALS is excited to display the artwork of graphic artists and spotlight their efforts in the creation of comics and graphic novels in all their forms.

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Our Community Through My Lens

NOW ON VIEW ~ Friday, October 14–Saturday, December 31, 2022
Landing Gallery, Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, CALS Roberts Library

Photography—a medium full of potential. To speak when words simply fail. To empower, providing the chance to take control of a story. To connect us to a perspective outside of our own.

Join us for this unique exhibition, curated from artists currently unsheltered or living in transitional sheltering throughout Pulaski County. Each participant was given a disposable camera to document their lived experience.

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Natural Connections: Paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn

ON VIEW Friday, November 11, 2022–Saturday, January 28, 2023 
Loft Gallery, CALS Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square, Roberts Library

This exciting collection of paintings by Emily Moll Wood and Laura Brainard Raborn explores a visual dialogue with the natural world and nature’s deep connections to their own family histories.

Artist Statement:

Emily Moll Wood paints a lot of portraits,

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