Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In the Galleries

Arkansas Homemakers: Home Demonstration and Extension Clubs
Underground Gallery
July 11 - September 27, 2014

This exhibition celebrates 100 years of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Clubs with photographs from the Arkansas History Commission and paintings by Katherine Strause. The exhibition is inspired by A Splendid Piece of Work, by Elizabeth Griffin Hill; excerpts of this book are presented as well.

State Youth Art Show 2014: An Exhibition by the Arkansas Art Educators
West Gallery
June 13 - August 30, 2014

This show features dynamic works of art by talented students across Arkansas, from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The works featured are the Best of Show winners from seven regions of the state. The Arkansas Art Educators is a group of art teachers from around the state who work with the Arkansas Department of Education to provide high quality in-service training and to promote student art.

Pictured here is artwork featured in the exhibition, a painting by Whitney McLeland, an eighth grade student in northwest Arkansas.


Drawn In: New Art from WWII Camps at Rohwer and Jerome
Concordia Gallery
April 11 - August 23, 2014

This show features artwork created by people held in the Japanese American internment camps in Arkansas during World War II. The exhibition was inspired by the Butler Center's remarkable collection of art work from the camp at Rohwer, donated by Rosalie Santine Gould of McGehee, and by the extraordinary generosity of people who lived in the camps or had loved ones who did and wanted the Butler Center to have more art created at the camps at Rohwer and Jerome. People with a personal connection to the camps were deeply moved by the existence of the collection and by the Butler Center's public exhibitions of camp materials and want as wide an audience as possible to know about this chapter of Arkansas and U.S. history.

Detachment: Work by Robert Reep
Loft Gallery
April 11 - July 24, 2014

Detachment is an exhibition of mixed media collage by Robert Reep, a Little Rock artist and owner of Chroma Gallery. Reep describes his artwork as "spirited and sophisticated artifacts that reflect [his] curiosity, emotion and enthusiasm for the inventory and activity of daily life."

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Monday, July 21, 2014

From the Smith Family Papers:

BC.MSS.02.20

About the collection
The papers consist of letters, an autobiography, various publications, photographs, and other materials pertaining to the Smith family. The bulk of the collection is 19th century correspondence among various family members. Colonel Smith was a devout Methodist, and a great deal of information can be gleaned from the materials about the denomination. The collection also covers such topics as education, early reminiscences, travel and description, slavery, economic conditions, the Civil War, and agriculture. Additional items within the papers include genealogical information, financial notes and receipts, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia.

About the Smith family
In 1843, Colonel Maurice Smith journeyed from Fayette County, Tennessee, to Dallas County, Arkansas, with the hope of starting a new life for his family. Col. Smith, a native of Caswell County, North Carolina, ventured into the recently created state with Dr. W. B. Langley and Cornelia (Smith) Langley, his son-in-law and daughter, and their overseers and slaves. In October, the group arrived at the hamlet of Tulip. A new home was soon built, and Smith subsequently returned to Tennessee, where he spent the following year disposing of his lands and preparing his family for the movement to Arkansas. In October 1844, the entire family made the arduous trip westward and soon settled into life at "The Athens of Arkansas." Thus began the enduring legacy of one Arkansas family.

Selected items


Executive Officers of the Woman's Missionary Society, 1894
Series III, Box 4, Item 24


"Send Me" newsletter, Woman's Missionary Society, August 1894
This item contains a memorial for Annie Maurice Smith Strong.
Series I, Box 2, File 23

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Event Reminder: Genealogy Conference, Saturday

We are still taking registrations for the Genealogy Conference, featuring Billie Fogarty, this Saturday, July 19, 9am-4pm, at the Ron Robinson Theater, and for the Genealogy Meet & Greet on Friday, July 18, from 4-6pm in ASI Room 124. This event is free and open to the public. Please register online here, in person in the Research Room, or by calling Kate at 501-918-3033.

Can't make it to the conference? The Butler Center will host a Genealogy Meet & Greet Friday, July 18, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in room 124 in the Arkansas Studies Institute building. This is an opportunity to get acquainted with fellow genealogists and share research experiences. For those unable to attend the Genealogy Conference on Saturday, this will be a chance to gather research hints from experienced genealogists. Two episodes of PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow will be screened, and refreshments will be served. Please register if you plan to attend. 

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