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3/15/2017: The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives (SARA) and the SARA Foundation will host a lecture and book signing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the 1914 Schoolhouse in Historic Washington State Park. Gary Pinkerton, author of Trammel's Trace: The First Road to Texas from the North, will present the history of Trammel's Trace, the first road from the United States into the northern boundaries of Spanish Texas.

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3/7/2017: The Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives will be closed for the afternoon of March 7th, 2017. It will reopen on Wednesday, March 8th, at 8:00am. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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3/3/2017: The Arkansas History Commission will hold its quarterly meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017, in the conference room of the Arkansas State Archives. This meeting is open to the public.

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2/28/2017: The Arkansas State Archives will hold the second lecture in its series, Pen to Podium: Arkansas Historical Writers' Lecture Series, on Tues., Mar. 28 from 7 - 8 p.m. at Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock. Elizabeth Hill will present, A Splendid Piece of Work: Arkansas's Early Home Demonstration Clubs, in recognition of Women's History Month. Before the lecture, a reception sponsored by the Friends of the Arkansas State Archives will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the atrium of the museum.

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2/27/2017: The Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA) will be celebrating its sixth year anniversary with an open house from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Fri., March 3, 2017, at the Male and Female Academy in Powhatan, Lawrence County, Arkansas.

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2/17/2017: On February 19, the Arkansas State Archives is launching "You Fought Prejudice and Won: Japanese American Internment Camps in Arkansas," an online digital collection of materials related to Japanese American internment camps in Arkansas. The launch coincides with the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the removal of people of Japanese ancestry from the west coast in February 1942 and led to the creation of internment camps across the country's interior during WWII.

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2/7/2017: The Black History Commission of Arkansas will hold a regular, quarterly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 9 at noon in the Arkansas State Archives conference room, located on the 2nd floor of the Multi-agency Complex at One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, Arkansas. This meeting is open to the public.

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1/25/2017: The Arkansas State Archives holds monthly state records workshops focusing on the Arkansas General Records Retention Schedule, care and preservation considerations for both physical and electronic records, the process of transferring state records to the state archives, and other services offered by the Arkansas State Archives.

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1/13/2017: The Arkansas State Archives will be closed on Monday, January 16th, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

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1/9/2017: The Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas State Archives will be hosting a symposium on Sat., Feb. 4, at its sister agency, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst announced today. The symposium’s theme, “Black Political Engagement in Arkansas,” will feature speakers Dr. John Graves, Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, Elmer Beard, and Dr. R.J. Hampton.

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1/6/2017: Due to inclement weather across much of the state, Governor Asa Hutchinson has closed state offices for non-essential personnel, including the Arkansas State Archives, for Friday, January 6, 2017.

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1/3/2017: With numerous seminars and workshops, as well as a new, four-part lecture series, there is a whole lineup of exciting upcoming events from the Arkansas State Archives!

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12/30/2016: The Arkansas State Archives will be closed on Monday, January 2nd, 2017, in observance of New Year's Day. The archives will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd, at 8:00am.

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12/19/2016: The Arkansas State Archives, in conjunction with its sister agency Historic Arkansas Museum, is launching a series of book lectures in 2017. The lecture series, Pen to Podium: Arkansas Historical Writers' Lecture Series, will be held quarterly and will feature Arkansas authors Ken Barnes, Elizabeth Hill, Brooks Blevins, and Erik Wright, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst announced today.

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12/1/2016: The Arkansas History Commission will hold a regular, quarterly meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Arkansas State Archives conference room, located on the 2nd floor of the Multi-agency Complex at One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, Arkansas. This meeting is open to the public.

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11/28/2016: On November 10, the Arkansas State Archives was named to Family Tree Magazine’s list of the 75 Best State Websites for Genealogy in 2016. Each year, the magazine honors the best websites across the country specializing in genealogical research. This is the second time the State Archives has been honored with this designation.

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11/21/2016: The Arkansas State Archives and its regional branch archives will be closed Thursday, November 24th through Saturday, November 26th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. The main archives will resume regular business hours on Monday, November 28th, and the regional archives will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, November 29th.

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11/10/2016: The quarterly meeting of the Black History Commission of Arkansas is scheduled to be held on Monday, November 14th, 2016, at noon, in the Arkansas State Archives conference room at One Capitol Mall, Room 2B-215.

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11/9/2016: The Arkansas State Archives and its two branches, NEARA and SARA, will be closed Friday, November 11th in observance of Veterans Day. All locations will reopen with regular hours on Saturday, November 12.

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10/5/2016: The Arkansas State Archives will be hosting a symposium from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 29, at the North Little Rock Heritage Center in North Little Rock. The symposium’s theme, “Using Archival Records to Preserve Historic Structures,” will feature speakers Rachel Silva, Callie Williams, Sandra Taylor Smith, and Ann Clements and will focus on using archival records for research in historic preservation.

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9/28/2016: On Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued a proclamation to the Arkansas State Archives declaring October to be Arkansas Archives Month. In the proclamation, Gov. Hutchinson declares that "Arkansas Archives Month celebrates the significance of Arkansas's historical records, illuminates the many ways these records enrich our lives, and recognizes those who maintain them.”

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9/7/2016: The Arkansas History Commission will hold a regular, quarterly meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Arkansas State Archives conference room, located on the second floor of the Multi-agency Complex at One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, Arkansas. This meeting is open to the public.

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9/2/2016: The Arkansas State Archives offices in Little Rock, AR, will be closed on Monday, September 5th, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The archives will reopen at 8am on Tuesday, September 6th.

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8/23/2016: On Aug. 5, Dr. Lisa Speer, director of the Arkansas State Archives and state historian, was elected to the Council of State Archivists’ (CoSA) Board of Directors, a term lasting three years. She will also serve as co-chair of the Program Committee for the 2017 CoSA-NAGARA Annual Meeting in Boise and is a member of the CoSA Education and Training Committee.

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8/15/2016: The Arkansas State Archives will be hosting its third annual Arkansas foodways symposium from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute in Little Rock. The symposium’s theme, “Southern Fried Schnitzel: German Food and Culture in Arkansas,” will feature presentations by Shirley Schuette, Leah Lambert, Kathleen Condray, Tim Nutt, and State Archives staff member Terra Titsworth.

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7/27/2016: The Arkansas State Archives will host a free, half-day symposium from 9 a.m. until noon at Historic Arkansas Museum on Saturday, Aug. 27. The symposium’s theme, “Arkansas’s Homerun: Major League Training in Hot Springs,” will feature the screening of Larry Foley’s documentary, “The First Boys of Spring,” and a presentation by Don Duren, who will be speaking about his book, “Boiling Out at the Springs: A History of Major League Baseball Training at Hot Springs, Arkansas.”

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7/20/2016: The Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives will host a symposium from 9:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, August 20th, at the Male and Female Academy in Powhatan. The symposium’s theme, “All We Need Is Love: War and Religion in Northeast Arkansas,” will feature speakers Sister Laura Cathcart, Dr. R.J. Hampton, Edward Harthorn, and Dr. Daniel Spillman.

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7/1/2016: The Arkansas State Archives will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will be open with regular business hours on Saturday, July 2. Our regional branches, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives, will also be open with regular business hours on Saturday, July 2.

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6/24/2016: The Arkansas State Archives will host a symposium and concert on Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 a.m. until noon in Conference Room 4A-400 on the fourth floor of the Multi-Agency Complex building at 1 Capitol Mall. The symposium’s theme, “Heroes of Arkansas Folk Music,” will feature speakers George West, Charley Sandage, and State Archives staff member Jeff Lewellen.

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6/14/2016: The Arkansas State Archives is pleased to announce the redesign of its website, www.ark-ives.com! The new site offers user-friendly navigation, integrated search functionality, and more! Check it out!

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5/25/2016: Arkansas State Archives will be Closed on Monday, May 30th, 2016h, in observance of Memorial Day. The archives will resume normal operating hours at 8am on Tuesday, May 31st.

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5/5/2016: The Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, June 4, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The symposium’s theme, “African American Arts in Arkansas,” will feature speakers Delita Martin, Garbo Hearne, Garland Martin Taylor, and Arkansas History Commission staff member Jeff Lewellen.

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3/30/2016: The Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the Arkansas Genealogical Society, and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives Foundation, Inc., will be hosting their annual history symposium on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the 1914 Schoolhouse at Historic Washington State Park. The symposium’s theme, “Discovering Your Story, “ will feature speakers, James G. Jones, Dr. Daniel F. Littlefield, and Arkansas History staff members Melissa Nesbitt and Jane Hooker.

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2/24/2016: The Arkansas History Commission is pleased to announce the newest addition to their online digital collections, "The World We Live In: A History of African Americans in Arkansas."

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2/8/2016: The Arkansas History Commission offices and research room in Little Rock will be closed on Monday, February 15th in observance of President's Day. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, February 16th, at 8am.

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12/8/2015: The Arkansas Historical Association (AHA) and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA), a branch of the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, are sending out a call for submissions for the annual NEARA Award.

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11/19/2015: The Arkansas History Commission and its two branches, NEARA and SARA, will be closed Thursday, November 26, Friday, November 27, and Saturday, November 28 in observance of Thanksgiving. The AHC will reopen with regular hours on Monday, November 30. NEARA and SARA will reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, December 1.

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10/16/2015: The Sequoyah National Research Center and the Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a free half-day symposium from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 at Stabler Hall, Room 107 on the UALR campus in Little Rock. The symposium’s theme, American Indians and Alaska Natives in America’s Wars, will feature speakers Mary Jane Warde, Erin Fehr, Dr. Bob Sanderson, Dr. Daniel F. Littlefield, Jane Wilkerson, and Karen Russ.

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9/24/2015: In recognition of October’s designation as American Archives Month, Governor Asa Hutchinson has proclaimed October to also be Arkansas Archives Month.

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9/10/2015: The Arkansas History Commission and State Archives in collaboration with five other Arkansas agencies will be showing a series of rarely-seen historic films on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, from 1 – 6 p.m., at the Ron Robinson Theater at 100 River Market Ave., in Little Rock.

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8/18/2015: The Arkansas History Commission and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA) will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Powhatan Courthouse in Powhatan Historic State Park. The theme of the workshop will be “Saving the Tree: Preserving Family History.”

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8/12/2015: The Arkansas History Commission announces the unveiling of "The Great War: Arkansas in World War I," a free traveling exhibit, at the Patrick Henry Hays Senior Center during the Aug. 29 symposium, “The Great War: Service on All Fronts,” co-sponsored by the Arkansas History Commission and the North Little Rock History Commission.

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7/29/2015: The Arkansas History Commission and the North Little Rock History Commission will be hosting a free symposium, "The Great War: Service on All Fronts," on Saturday, August 29th, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Hays Senior Center in North Little Rock.

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7/17/2015: The Arkansas History Commission is pleased to announce the launch of our latest digital collection, Strolling Down Main Street Arkansas, which compiles images focusing on historical Main Streets across Arkansas and the more modern efforts for Main Street revitalization.

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7/13/2015: The Arkansas History Commission will be conducting a series of professional development workshops for educators throughout June and July. The workshops will focus on lesson plans developed by the AHC and will also feature information about our website, digital collections, and grants available to educators.

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7/8/2015: The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and the Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a half-day symposium, "Researching Modern Military Records," on Saturday, August 1, from 10 a.m. until noon at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History at 503 E. 9th St. in Little Rock.

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6/24/2015: The Arkansas History Commission and its branches, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives and Southeast Arkansas Regional Archives will be closed on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4, in observance of the July 4th holiday. Because of the holiday closure, NEARA will instead be open Monday, June 29 with normal operating hours.

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6/15/2015: The Arkansas History Commission research room will be closed to the public on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, for the purposes of inventory and facilities maintenance. The AHC will resume normal hours of operation on Wednesday, June 17th, at 8:00am.

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6/4/2015: The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and the Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a half-day symposium, "Researching Modern Military Records," on Saturday, August 1, from 10 a.m. until noon at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History at 503 E. 9th St. in Little Rock.

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6/3/2015: The Arkansas History Commission's Little Rock research room will be closed to the public on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015, for the purposes of inventory and facilities maintenance. The AHC will resume normal hours of operation on Wednesday, June 17th, at 8:00am.

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5/28/2015: The Arkansas History Commission and State Archives has been awarded a $216,000 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. The grant will support the funding of numerous projects with the History Commission’s microphotography department and the agency’s two branch archives.

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5/22/2015: In early May, the Arkansas Humanities Council, Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the History Commission $24,050 for public programming and outreach.

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5/21/2015: The Arkansas History Commission will be closed on Monday, May 25th, 2015, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. The archives will resume regular business hours at 8am on Tuesday, May 26th.

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4/30/2015: The Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a symposium entitled "The Roots of African American Foodways" from 10 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute in Little Rock. Attendance and lunch is free, but registration is required.

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4/17/2015: The Arkansas History Commission will be hosting an open house and reception on Monday, April 27, to celebrate our 110th Anniversary, from 10:00 – 12:00. For security reasons, no archival materials will be pulled for patrons during the open house.

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4/3/2015: This year marks the 110th anniversary of the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives. In celebration of this milestone, the History Commission will host an open house and anniversary commemoration on Monday, April 27 from 10 a.m. until noon.

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3/27/2015: In commemoration of the 110th anniversary of the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the agency will host digitization clinics each Friday in April from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in its conference room.

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3/16/2015: In commemoration of National Women’s History Month in March, the Arkansas History Commission is releasing an Arkansas Women’s History resource guide and a corresponding online digital collection on March 16.

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3/6/2015: Due to inclement weather, the Arkansas History Commission's Little Rock Offices and Research Room will open at 10a.m. on Friday, March 6th, 2015.

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3/6/2015: The North-East Arkansas Regional Archives will be opening at 10a.m. on Friday, March 6th, 2015, due to inclement weather and unsafe travel conditions in the area.

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3/5/2015: Due to inclement weather making travel dangerous, the AHC's research room in Little Rock will be closed on Thursday, March 5th, 2015.

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3/5/2015: Due to inclement weather making travel dangerous, the North-East Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA) in Powhatan, Lawrence County, will be closed on Thursday, March 5th, 2015.

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3/4/2015: Due to inclement weather in the area, the North East Arkansas Regional Archives, the Arkansas History Commission's branch archives in Powhatan, Lawrence County, Arkansas, will be closed for the remainder of Wednesday, March 4th.

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2/25/2015: Due to inclement weather making travel dangerous, the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives in Washington, Hempstead County, Arkansas, will be closed on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015.

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2/25/2015: Due to inclement weather in the area, the Arkansas History Commission will be closed for the remainder of Wednesday, February 25th, 2015.

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2/23/2015: Due to inclement weather causing dangerous travel conditions in the area, the AHC Little Rock offices and research room will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 23rd.

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2/23/2015: Due to inclement weather making travel dangerous, the AHC's Little Rock location will be closed for the rest of Monday, February 23rd, 2015.

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2/23/2015: Due to inclement weather, the AHC Little Rock offices will open at 10a.m. Tuesday, February 24th.

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2/17/2015: The North-East Arkansas Regional Archives will be opening at 10a.m. on Wednesday, February 18th, due to hazardous travel conditions in the area.

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2/16/2015: Due to extreme winter weather causing hazardous travel conditions across the state, the Arkansas History Commission will be closed on Monday, February 16th, 2015. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday the 17th.

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2/16/2015: Due to continuing dangerous travel conditions, the North-East Arkansas Regional Archives will be closed on Tuesday, February 17th.

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2/16/2015: The Arkansas History Commission's Little Rock offices and research room will open at 10a.m. on Tuesday, February 17th, due to inclement weather continuing to cause dangerous travel conditions.

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1/25/2015: In preparation for a reception for the Arkansas General Assembly, the History Commission staff will not pull materials after 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. We will resume regular business hours on Thursday, January 29, at 8:00 a.m.

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1/21/2015: The Black History Commission of Arkansas and The Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, February 7, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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1/20/2015: The Arkansas History Commission is announcing a new url for the agency’s online digital archives. The url, http://ahc.digital-ar.org/ , will direct patrons to a variety of digitized collections of archival material.

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1/15/2015: The Arkansas History Commission will be closed on Monday, January 19th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

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12/19/2014: The Arkansas History Commission and its two branch archives will be closed from Wednesday, December 24th through Saturday, December 27th, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

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12/12/2014: The Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA) and the Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a symposium on Thursday, January 15th from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Courthouse and at the Male and Female Academy on the grounds of the Powhatan Historic State Park in Powhatan.

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11/24/2014: The Arkansas History Commission, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives will all be closed to the public this Thursday, November 27th, through Saturday, November 29th, in observance of Thanksgiving.

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11/7/2014: The Arkansas History Commission, the North-East Arkansas Regional Archives, and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives will be closed Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, in observance of Veteran's Day.

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10/2/2014: This October, the Arkansas History Commission will join archival repositories across the nation in celebrating American Archives Month, a time set aside to raise awareness of the important services provided by archives and historical repositories by collecting, preserving, and making available for public use government records and historical materials.

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9/22/2014: The Arkansas History Commission will hold its annual history symposium for Archives Month at the 1914 Schoolhouse at Historic Washington State Park, on October 18th, entitled "Murder, Mayhem, & Lies: Investigating Some of Arkansas's Historical Cold Cases."

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8/28/2014: The Arkansas History Commission Research Room in Little Rock will be closed on Monday, September 1st, in observance of Labor Day. It will reopen to the public and resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 2nd.

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8/28/2014: The Arkansas History Commission and the Sequoyah National Research Center will be hosting a free half-day symposium on Saturday, September 13 from 9:00 a.m. until noon in Dickinson Hall at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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8/22/2014: The North East Arkansas Regional Archives research room in Powhatan, Arkansas, will be closed, Friday, August 22nd, 2014. It will resume normal business hours on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

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8/8/2014: A listing of new materials acquired by the Arkansas History Commission during the month of July, 2014.

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8/6/2014: The Arkansas History Commission is partnering with the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History to present a free military records genealogy workshop on Saturday, August 16th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend!

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7/15/2014: The Arkansas History Commission and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA) will be hosting a symposium, “Boom or Bust: Commerce and Development in Northeast Arkansas,” on Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. at the Male and Female Academy at Powhatan Historic State Park.

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5/23/2014: The Arkansas History Commission's research room in Little Rock will be closed on Monday, May 26th, 2014, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. It will return to normal business hours at 8am, Tuesday, May 27th.

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5/21/2014: The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives will be closed Thursday, May 22, due to the passing of Gail Martin, Administrative Specialist at SARA.

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5/21/2014: "Profiles in Arkansas Black History,” a workshop sponsored by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

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5/1/2014: Due to scheduled maintenance in the MAC building at One Capitol Mall, the Arkansas History Commission's Little Rock location will be opening at 10am on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014.

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4/23/2014: The Arkansas History Commission and the Ozark Folk Center hosted a reception honoring David Jones and Ron Sherman, and presented a screening of “Jimmy Driftwood Remembered: The Lost Footage,” at the Folk Center on Saturday, April 19.

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4/16/2014: Due to some scheduled maintenance in our building, the AHC's research room in Little Rock will be closing at 4pm on Wednesday, April 16th.

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4/14/2014: On May 17, the Arkansas History Commission will host “Everything Old is New Again: The Arkansas Foodways Movement,” a half-day seminar featuring a line-up of speakers who are experts on the subject of Arkansas foodways and food history.

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3/3/2014: Due to continuing hazardous road conditions, the Arkansas History Commission's research room will reopen at noon on Tuesday, March 4th.

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3/2/2014: With hazardous road conditions developing tonight and sub-freezing temperatures expected throughout the day, the AHC's Little Rock location will be closed on Monday, March 3rd.

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2/19/2014: The Curtis H. Sykes Memorial Grant Program offers grants to fund projects related to African American history in Arkansas, and is currently accepting applications.

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2/16/2014: The Arkansas History Commission's research room will be closed Monday, February 17th, in observance of President's Day.

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2/8/2014: UPDATE--due to the hazardous road conditions around Little Rock, the Arkansas History Commission's Little Rock research room will be closed all day, Saturday, February 8th.

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2/7/2014: Due to inclement weather in the area, the Arkansas History Commission's Little Rock research room will open at noon tomorrow, Saturday, February 8th.

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2/4/2014: Due to freezing rain in the area, the Arkansas History Commission will be closed on February 4th, 2014. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, February 5th.

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1/17/2014: The Arkansas History Commission's research room will be closed Monday, January 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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12/31/2013: The Arkansas History Commission and its branch archives will be closed on January 1st, 2014, in observance of New Year's Day.

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12/21/2013: The Arkansas History Commission will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, the 24th and 25th of December, in observance of Christmas.

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12/8/2013: Due to ice remaining on the roadways in the Central Arkansas area, the Arkansas History Commission's research room will open at 10am on Monday.

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12/5/2013: Due to impending winter weather and with an ice storm warning already impacting the state, the Arkansas History Commission will be closed, Friday and Saturday, December 6th and 7th, 2013.

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12/4/2013: There is potentially dangerous winter weather approaching the state, Thursday night into Friday, which may lead to the AHC being closed Friday and Saturday. If you plan on doing any research with the AHC, please make sure to check here or at our FB page for any changes in our hours.

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11/25/2013: The Arkansas History Commission announces the closing of its research rooms November 28th through 30th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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9/30/2013: October is Archives Month at the Arkansas History Commission! This is an important time for the AHC and we will be sponsoring many events throughout the month. Make plans to celebrate Archives Month with us! You can also watch the AHC Facebook page for event updates.

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9/27/2013: The Arkansas Historical Association and the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives (NEARA), a branch of the Arkansas History Commission, announce the creation of The NEARA Award to recognize the best original, unpublished research paper using archival materials from the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives.

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8/14/2013: In partnership with the Arkansas History Commission, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will present a free workshop for all those who are interested in learning how to research your relatives who served in the military.

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6/24/2013: The power company servicing Powhatan, AR, has a scheduled power-outage planned for Tuesday morning, June 25th, and the North-East Arkansas Regional Archives will be without power during that time...

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5/22/2013: Join us for “Emancipation Proclamation: What it Meant to Freed African Americans in Arkansas,” a free seminar on Saturday, June 1st.

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2/5/2013: Want to learn more about African American history in Arkansas? Mark your calendars for February 9, 2013 and attend the “Growing Up in Arkansas – African American Communities” seminar at the Arkansas State Capitol. Sponsored by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission, the free seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room 171 of the Capitol.

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11/16/2012: Join us on November 30th at noon for History Bits and Bites!

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11/5/2012: FamilyTree magazine, one of the top genealogy magazines in the United States, has named the Arkansas History Commission’s website, www.ark-ives.com, as one of its “101 Best Genealogy Websites.”

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11/1/2012: Beginning December 1, 2012 new order forms and a restructured fee schedule will go into effect for all requested photocopies from the Arkansas History Commission.

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10/16/2012: The Arkansas History Commission will celebrate with activities across the state that stress the value of Arkansas historical records, highlight the many ways these records enrich our lives and recognize those who maintain our state’s historical records.

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10/16/2012: Join us on October 26th for our monthly History Bits and Bites lunch program!

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9/17/2012: The Arkansas History Commission, the state’s official archives, recently released Documenting Arkansas: The Civil War 1861-1865, a 138-page full-color soft-cover book that contains over 200 documents from eighty different collections at the History Commission.

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9/14/2012: The History Commission’s monthly brown bag lunch program, will be Friday, September 28, at noon in the Arkansas History Commission Conference Room.

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2/27/2012: NorthEast Arkansas Regional Archives, a branch of the Arkansas History Commission, will celebrate its first anniversary with an open house on March 3, 2102. Constructed in 2010, NEARA is located at 11 Seventh Street in Powhatan Historic State Park, Powhatan, Arkansas.

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2/14/2012: This February, the Capitol's lower-level foyer gallery marks Black History Month 2012 with the debut of a new exhibit.

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2/14/2012: On Saturday, February 18th, 2012, in Room 171 of the Arkansas State Capitol, the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission will present a seminar featuring historical markers highlighting African Americans and their roles in Arkansas history.

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11/10/2011: The State Archives announces the following schedule for the upcoming holidays:

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6/16/2011: The Arkansas History Commission announces new Civil War documents recently given to the State Archives.

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6/15/2011: The Arkansas History Commission would like to announce the launch of a redesign of its main front page, complete with new features and projects.

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6/15/2011: The Arkansas History Commission is proud to announce that its website has been named one of Family Tree Magazine's 101 Best Family History Websites for 2011.

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5/5/2011: Jan Hearn Davenport and Jajuan Johnson, $3,000.00

This project will mark the graves of Asa Richmond and Charlotte Stephens in Little Rock.

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5/5/2011: Peter Perschbacher, $2,830.00

This project will result in dedication of a historical marker at the site where the Freedom House once stood in Pine Bluff.

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5/5/2011: National Alumni Association of Arkansas Baptist College, $2,500.00

This project will provide for collecting, preserving, and displaying historical materials related to the school.

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5/5/2011: Pilgrim Cemetery Preservation Association, $1,159.76

This project will place footstones to document historic unmarked graves in the Conway County cemetery.

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5/5/2011: Lillie W. Mouton Public Foundation, $2,860.00

This project will generate research about African Americans in antebellum Arkansas.

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2/17/2011: Improvement Association of East Arkansas, $2,000.00

This project includes the compilation and publication of a souvenir history booklet documenting lives of African Americans in Lee County, Arkansas. The overall project also features a lecture series.

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2/17/2011: Arkansas Black History Quiz Bowl, $2,000.00

This project included funding for activities associated with the Quiz Bowl, a question-and-answer game of general knowledge and quick recall based on African American history, part of ongoing efforts to heighten awareness of contributions made by African Americans in the development of world history and culture.

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2/1/2011: The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War will be observed from 2011 to 2015. As a part of the commemoration, the Arkansas History Commission now has on its website 150 Years Ago Today: Arkansas in the Civil War, which will feature one document for every day of the war years (January 1, 1861 through December 31, 1865).

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1/21/2011: A new exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Library, "Revolution and Rebellion: Wars, Words and Figures," features artifacts, manuscript material, and other items from the collections of the Arkansas History Commission. The exhibit showcases thirty-five scale portrait sculptures of many of the pivotal players in both the American Revolution and the American Civil War.

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11/19/2010: The Arkansas History Commission announces the following schedule for the upcoming holidays

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11/19/2010: 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.

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11/19/2010: Blue and Gray: Documenting Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865 The Arkansas History Commissions new exhibit Blue and Gray: Documenting Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865 is now open on the second floor of the MAC building, One Capitol Mall.

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11/5/2010: Hot Springs Historic Friendship Cemetery Preservation Association, $3,500.00.

The project's goal is to identify and document individuals interred at Friendship Cemetery; locate and identify unknown graves by seeking the help of the community and local funeral homes; provide temporary makers at unmarked graves; and refurbish the cemetery.

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11/5/2010: Arkansas Martin Luther King Commission, $3,500.00.

The project's goal is to print "The Arkansas African American History Makers Coloring Book," 3rd edition, featuring African Americans important in Arkansas history.

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11/5/2010: Arkansas Black Hall of Fame, $3,500.00.

The Arkansas Black Hall of Fame will present the Distinguished Laureate Performance Series, which allows inductees to showcase their talents in presentations such as lectures, workshops, seminars, and concerts.

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11/5/2010: Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Arkansas Chapter, $3,500.00.

The project would preserve the records of the Miller Funeral Home of Little Rock, through inventorying the records, and scanning and transcription of documents. A history of the funeral home would also be produced.

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10/20/2010: The Arkansas History Commission recently hired two outstanding new employees, and we are very pleased to add them to the staff of the State Archives.

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8/5/2010: University Museum and Cultural Center, UAPB

A historical marker honoring Joseph Carter Corbin, founder and first principal of Branch Normal College (now UAPB) in Pine Bluff, will be placed in front of Caldwell Hall along North University Drive.

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5/20/2010: Friends of Josephine Pankey, $3,500.00.

This project will include collecting oral histories and other research information for compilation into a book on the life of Mrs. Pankey and the significance of the Pankey family in Arkansas history.

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2/18/2010: Arkansas Black History Quiz Bowl Association, $2,200.00.

The Arkansas Black History Quiz Bowl Association will sponsor a quiz bowl to heighten the awareness and appreciation of the contributions of African Americans in the development of world history and culture.

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2/18/2010: Washington Heritage House, $2,525.00.

The project's goal is to demonstrate the connection between Africa, America, and Arkansas through lectures by prominent educators, musicians, legislators, community leaders, and family who devote their expertise to the Washington Heritage House.

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2/18/2010: Patrick Oliver, $3,350.00.

The project will highlight the accomplishments of noted Arkansas African Americans, past and present, in various writing and publishing professions, through public programs such as panel discussions, workshops, readings, radio interviews, etc., and the development of lesson plans.

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2/18/2010: Mosaic Templars Cultural Center $3,169.52.

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will create a traveling exhibit and educational materials on the civil rights movement in Arkansas from Reconstruction to the present as it pertains to African Americans, using a scholars panel, an education focus group, public relations/advertising, supplies and research.

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2/18/2010: Inner City FutureNet, $3,335.00.

Inner City FutureNet (ICFN) will plan a program to teach youth, grades K-12, the heritage and history of their family and neighbors in the Centennial Park community, emphasizing the importance of genealogy and oral history, and to develop educational programs on community history.

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1/5/2010: The Arkansas History Commissions online public-access catalog will be unavailable the week of January 4, 2010, due to the move of the Arkansas State Library to new quarters.

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11/24/2009: The Arkansas History Commission announces the following schedule for the upcoming holidays: For Thanksgiving, the Commission will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2009, and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2009.

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5/21/2009: Golden Girls: An Oral History. (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Beta Phi Omega Alumni Chapter, Ivy Foundation of Little Rock), $1,105.00.

The project, to develop a video-based documentary and to create and distribute a written document of about the Beta Phi Omega Alumni Chapter of Little Rock, will feature oral histories of members with fifty to seventy-five years of service, the current and past presidents, and past regional directors.

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5/21/2009: Clark County Historical Association, Arkadelphia, $3,974.00.

The Clark County Historical Association will work with Ouachita Baptist University to create a records database of the Mitchell and Williams funeral homes including burial and funeral insurance records, perform the intellectual processing of the Williams Collection, and make both available to researchers.

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5/21/2009: The School Without Walls (Human Elevation Love Project, HELPS Incorporated), $2,200.00.

The project, to display the lives of African American families and the images of the Arkansas delta, includes creating a visual record of all sites and buildings of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (formerly Branch Normal School, and Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical, and Normal College).

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5/21/2009: Hill Foundation, $4,030.00.

The Hill Foundation, Hoxie, Arkansas, and the Eddie Mae Herron Center, Pocahontas, Arkansas, will create an educational exhibit display illustrating African American life in communities in Lawrence County, located in the Mississippi delta region of the state.

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5/7/2009: Profiles in Arkansas Black History, a workshop presented by the Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission, will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2009, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center.

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4/27/2009: The Arkansas History Commission will present a workshop May 2, 2009, at Arkansas Post Museum in Gillett, Arkansas.

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2/19/2009: The Legacy Continues (Central High School Alumni Association, Parkin), $4,450.74.

The project will preserve the educational legacy of Central High School, an African American school built in 1948 and located in the Delta region of eastern Arkansas, through exhibits, interpretive programming, and oral history by creating a traveling exhibit, reproducing photographs, creating flyers/brochures, and purchasing archival supplies and equipment to conduct oral histories.

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12/15/2008: In observance of the upcoming holidays, we announce the following closings:

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5/7/2008: Heritage Month 2008 Display at the Arkansas History Commission

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4/10/2008: The Arkansas History Commission will present a workshop April 26, 2008, at the 1888 Courthouse at Powhatan Historic State Park.

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4/8/2008: The Arkansas History Commission was well represented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Historical Association, held March 27-29, at Eureka Springs.

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11/20/2007: The Arkansas History Commission will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2007, and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26, 2007. We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.

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9/22/2007: In honor of fiftieth anniversary of the integration of Central High School, Women of the Central High Crisis: The Politics of Gender and Desegregation will be on exhibit at Arkansas History Commission from September 16 through December 14, 2007.

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9/5/2007: The Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock, in cooperation with the Genealogical Society of Utah, has recently completed the microfilming of sixty three new rolls of Mississippi County records at the courthouses in Osceola and Blytheville.

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7/7/2007: The Arkansas History Commission will present a workshop July 21, 2007, at the 1888 Courthouse at Powhatan Historic State Park.

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6/25/2007: Planning a field trip to the Arkansas History Commission? Here are some suggested research activities for children.

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6/20/2007: Finders, Keepers: Researching and Preserving Your Arkansas History Saturday, June 23, 2007 Arkansas State Capitol Building, Room 171 Presented by the Arkansas History Commission.

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4/19/2007: Profiles in Arkansas Black History, a workshop sponsored by the Black History Advisory Committee, Arkansas History Commission, and Arkansas Humanities Council, will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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4/18/2007: As a part of Heritage Month 2007, each Saturday in May, a staff member will present a program focusing on the work of the Arkansas History Commission as it continues its mission to preserve and provide access to the history of Arkansas.

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3/28/2007: The Arkansas History Commission (AHC) launched its redesigned website March 20, 2007, at www.ark-ives.com.

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3/15/2007: The Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock in cooperation with the Genealogical Society of Utah has just completed the microfilming of older Phillips County records at the courthouse in Helena.

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3/6/2007: Dr. Jamie Brandon of South Arkansas University in Magnolia will speak on "Historical Archeology in Arkansas: Why do we dig up the recent past?" at the 1914 Schoolhouse in Historic Washington State Park at 7 PM on Tuesday, March 6, 2007.

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3/5/2007: The Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock in cooperation with the Genealogical Society of Utah has just completed the microfilming of some of the older records of Cross County.

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12/21/2006: The Arkansas History Commission will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2006, and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 27, 2006.

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11/21/2006: The Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives (SARA) announces that tickets are now available for the 20th Annual Christmas and Candlelight in Washington, Arkansas, scheduled for Saturday, December 2, 2006.

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11/3/2006: The Arkansas History Commission, in cooperation with the Genealogical Society of Utah, has recently completed microfilming Jackson County records at the courthouse in Newport.

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10/25/2006: Celebrate Constitution Day with the Arkansas History Commission at the Justice Building on the State Capitol Grounds, October 27, 2006 at 10:00 a.m.

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10/19/2006: Come visit us on Tuesday, October 24, 2006, for a preview of CARAT--Catalog of Arkansas Resources and Archival Treasures--and an introduction to the new Research Room at the Arkansas History Commission.

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9/1/2006: "We the People: The Constitutional Heritage of Arkansas," an exhibit by the Arkansas History Commission, will open at the Justice Building on Friday, September 8, 2006 and will remain on display Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 5:00 pm for one year.

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8/24/2006: The Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock, in cooperation with the Genealogical Society of Utah, announces the completion of the microfilming of Hot Spring County, Arkansas, deed records dating 1887-1902.

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8/8/2006: The Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock, in cooperation with the Genealogical Society of Utah, announces the completion of the microfilming of records for Monroe County in eastern Arkansas.

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7/14/2006: The Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock, in cooperation with the Genealogical Society of Utah, has just completed the microfilming of historic Prairie County records at the courthouses in Des Arc and DeValls Bluff.

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6/15/2006: The Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock, in cooperation with the Genealogical Society of Utah, has completed microfilming of early Greene County records at the Courthouse in Paragould.

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5/23/2006: The Arkansas History Commission was awarded a major grant earlier this month from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council.

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4/24/2006: The Arkansas History Commission has been awarded a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, Dr. Wendy Richter, director of the History Commission, announced today.

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3/1/2006: The Arkansas History Commission has been awarded a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), Dr. Wendy Richter, director of the History Commission, announced today.

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2/2/2006: The Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock announces a new addition to its material relating to the Mexican War (1846-1848).

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1/9/2006: Linda McDowell is the new African American History Coordinator for the Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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12/21/2005: The Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock announces that the historic Arkansas-Missouri Slave Case, 1850-1856, material is now available on microfilm in our Research Room.

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11/15/2005: On October 1, 2005, the Arkansas History Commission acquired the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives (SARA) in Washington, Arkansas.

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5/25/2005: The Arkansas History Commission will be open on Saturdays, beginning June 4, for the convenience of those who can't come during regular weekday hours.

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