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

About the Program

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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Herbert Denton Community Project: An Update

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Oral historian and writer Benji de la Piedra will give an update on his Herbert Denton Community History Project. Little Rock native Herbert Denton Jr. was a pioneering African American journalist at the Washington Post from 1966 until his death in 1989. His father, Herbert Denton Sr., was a lifelong public educator in Little Rock and a pillar of the city’s black community. De la Piedra is conducting a community history project including compiling oral histories in preparation for writing a biography on Herbert Denton,

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Herbert Denton Community Project: An Update

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Oral historian and writer Benji de la Piedra will give an update on his Herbert Denton Community History Project. Little Rock native Herbert Denton Jr. was a pioneering African American journalist at the Washington Post from 1966 until his death in 1989. His father, Herbert Denton Sr., was a lifelong public educator in Little Rock and a pillar of the city’s black community. De la Piedra is conducting a community history project including compiling oral histories in preparation for writing a biography on Herbert Denton,

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Race and Women’s Suffrage in Arkansas

About this Legacies & Lunch Presentation

The history of suffrage in Arkansas has always been connected to race. For example, white women activists often used racial arguments to advocate for their own voting rights. At the same time, while African American women in Arkansas had supported the political struggles of the men in their community since Reconstruction as well as organizing for their own vote, they gained only limited access to the franchise with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

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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: Mid-Southern Watercolorists 50th Annual Juried Exhibition

Concordia Gallery: Into the Woods: Arkansas Champion Trees by Linda Williams Palmer &

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Bitter Sacrifices: Art & Writing from AR’s WWII Relocation Camps

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Heather Register Zbinden will discuss the incarceration of 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent during World War II. Her talk will highlight writings and works of art produced by Japanese Americans at Arkansas’s incarceration camps at Rohwer and Jerome, and her work with the Rosalie Santine Gould–Mabel Jamison Vogel collection held by the CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. She will show how despite their bitter sacrifices,

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The Vietnam War: Its Legacy in Literature

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Termed the Vietnam War by Americans and the American War by the Vietnamese, America’s first “long” war, which took place between the mid-1950s and the mid-1970s, quickly became a topic of interest to writers of literature. While the canon of Vietnam War literature began in 1955 with the publication of the British novel The Quiet American by Graham Greene, thousands of literary works have been written about the involvement of the United States and other countries in the conflict in Vietnam,

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