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Mid-Southern Watercolorists 50th Annual Juried Exhibition

Opens March 13
Galleries at Library Square, West Gallery

This exhibition will include thirty-nine paintings selected by juror Lynn Ferris of West Virginia. Mid-Southern Watercolorists is a non-profit organization incorporated in Little Rock, Arkansas, to enrich the stature of watermedia and encourage the recognition of its significance in our culture. This organization furthers the interest of painters and patrons by its programs and by its competitive and non-competitive exhibitions. It also provides opportunities for study by art students and others engaged in art making and in appreciation of arts.

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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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From the Civil War to Central High School: The Legacy of Richard Toombs

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Rhonda Stewart, local history and genealogy specialist, CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies

The United States experienced many changes between April 1861 and April 1961, and placing an individual family within this context brings this eventful time period to life. Richard Toombs served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War, and nearly a century later, his grandsons,

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“There is a Great Deal of Sickness in our Regiment”: Disease in Civil War Arkansas

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: David Sesser, collections librarian at Huie Library at Henderson State University

An alumnus of Henderson, David Sesser holds graduate degrees in public history and higher education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and in library and information science from the University of Southern Mississippi. With research focused on both Civil War Arkansas and the history of higher education in the state,

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Finding Family Facts – July 13

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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Down Home In Arkansas: A Family Reunion Story

Maria Hoskins recalls how fun, exciting, and entertaining her family is during the bi-annual family reunion holiday. Maria hopes each reader will enjoy her family reunion story and draw on the commonality readers will experience as they associate their family reunion with the writer’s family reunion story. The family reunion activities will be an added plus for the entire family! Maria will talk about her children’s book,

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Soundings in Medical History: Hazards of U.S. Medical Practice in the Past

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: William Lindsey, historian and author

William D. Lindsey is a former academic and university administrator and the winner of the Booker Worthen Literary Prize for his book Fiat Flux: The Writings of Wilson R. Bachelor, Nineteenth-Century Country Doctor and Philosopher (2013). He has a PhD and MA in theology from University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology; an MA in English from Tulane University;

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Finding Family Facts – July 21

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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Cows, Contagion, and Conflict: Federal Efforts to Eradicate Tick Fever and Local Resistance in Arkansas History

CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas Presents MONDAY MALADIES

Speaker: Blake Perkins, associate professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Williams Baptist University

Blake Perkins is the author of Hillbilly Hellraisers: Federal Power and Populist Defiance in the Ozarks (2018) and editor of Yesterday Today: Life in the Ozarks (2020). Perkins is a member of the board of trustees of the Arkansas Historical Association.

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Paul DeMain: “Buried Hearts at Wounded Knee”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Paul DeMain, former editor of News From Indian Country

As part of CALS celebration of the 50th anniversary of Arkansas author Dee Brown’s classic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, award-winning Native American journalist Paul DeMain will discuss his involvement in covering the activities of the American Indian Movement that were occurring around the same time that Brown’s book was published and his investigations into the aftermath of controversies surrounding the movement.

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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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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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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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2nd Friday Art Night

Join us for an art- and entertainment-filled evening right from your house.

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This event will also be live-streamed to the 2nd Friday Art Night Facebook page.

ABOUT 2ND FRIDAY ART NIGHT

Each month, on the 2nd Friday, downtown Little Rock hosts an after-hours art event. Due to COVID-19, this event will be virtual.

Partner Organizations:
Bella Vita Jewelry
Central Arkansas Library System (The Bookstore at Library Square and The Galleries at Library Square)
Downtown Little Rock Partnership
Historic Arkansas Museum
Nexus Coffee &

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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.

Register for Finding Family Facts

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

September 11 – 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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