The new fall exhibit at the first floor rotunda at the State Capitol, "Arkansas in 1860: On the Eve of Conflict," contains artifacts and documents from the collections of the Arkansas History Commission. The tale of a pivotal year in Arkansas’s history is told through images and artifacts depicting life in pre-Civil War Arkansas. The exhibit highlights the topics of transportation, society, plantation agriculture, and the politics of 1860, as well as the profound transformations within these areas of a state on the brink of secession. The exhibit also displays materials loaned by several state parks, Arkansas State University, and private individuals.
"Arkansas in 1860: On the Eve of Conflict" includes personal effects of Omer Rose Weaver, a young man-about-town of 1860 Little Rock, along with the intriguing story of “The Family,” Arkansas’s first political dynasty. Weaver moved freely in Arkansas’s social circles, and one of his fancy vests is featured near a copy of a $15.00 invoice for a similar vest. The cost of the vest was equivalent to a month’s wages for a working man of the day.
The Arkansas History Commission is located at One Capitol Mall, just west of the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock. For more information, visit the Arkansas History Commission’s new Civil War website at http://arkansascivilwar.com, or call 501.682.6900.