Arkansas Traveler Project
The Arkansas Traveler Project is a collection of interactive narratives that examine various topics of Arkansas history. The project uses a mapping tool to provide context and illustrate spatial relationships. By using maps and geography, viewers can better comprehend the importance of place in understanding history. We believe these multimedia stories will be of interest to educators as well as the general public. More narratives will be added to the collection from time to time.
Little Rock’s Historic 9th Street District
Little Rock’s West Ninth Street, sometimes referred to as the capital city’s “Little Harlem,” traces its history to the Civil War when the Federal army began erecting log cabins in the area for recently freed slaves. The area eventually become the vibrant center of the city’s African American community.
Arkansas’s Immigrant History
Arkansas’s immigrant population as always been relatively small but foreign-born immigrants contributions to the development of Arkansas’s economy is significant. Immigrants who settled in Arkansas include Germans, Italians, Poles, Bohemians, Chinese, Marshallese, Indochinese, Greeks, Latinos, Jews, and South Asians.
Mary Douglas Martin’s Trip to the 1893 Columbian Exposition
Mary Douglas Martin, a resident of Little Rock, journeyed to Chicago in 1893 with part of her family to experience the World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition. Martin recorded many of her experiences in a diary that she took along during the trip.
Little Rock’s Historical Downtown Movie Theaters
Downtown Little Rock has been home to more than a dozen movie theaters over the years, thought one would not guess it in this age of suburban cineplexes. The movement of people to western portions of the city and the resulting decline of downtown businesses led to the closure of these house of cinema.
Google Earth Mapping Projects
The Google Earth mapping projects use Google geolocation technology to place historic images in line with modern day Google Earth images and maps. Explore Arkansas’s history aside the views of today to better comprehend the importance of place in understanding history. We believe these multimedia stories will be of interest to educators as well as the general public. More narratives will be added to the collection from time to time.
Lost West Ninth Street
For many decades, Little Rock’s West Ninth Street was the heart of the city’s African American community. “The Line,” as the street was sometimes known, was home to businesses, churches, fraternal groups, and a host of other entities. It also boasted a significant residential population. Unfortunately, by the early 1960s, societal changes, urban renewal, and the construction of Interstate 630 were leading to the demise of the once vibrant community.
Mapping Downtown Little Rock
Using images from our collection, we have constructed an architectural tour of downtown Little Rock. Focused on the city’s commercial history, the virtual tour presents images from the past juxtaposed against modern images so that viewers can see how the city’s downtown architectural landscape changed over the years.