Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Conference: "Arkansas in the Forgotten War: The Korean War Remembered"

Wire section, 936th Field Artillery Battalion, Arkansas National Guard unit

As an extension of our successful Korean War project, the Butler Center will host its first conference on the Korean War on Saturday, May 22. "Arkansas in the Forgotten War: The Korean War Remembered" will be a one day conference featuring five sessions highlighting various aspects of the war. The program will be held in the Darragh Center of the Main Library. Everyone is invited to come join us and learn about this forgotten war, an important part of American-and Arkansas-history.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. James I. Matray, Professor of History at the California State University, Chico. Dr. Matray's numerous publications on the Korean War include Korea Divided: The 38th Parallel and the Demilitarized Zone and The Reluctant Crusade: American Foreign Policy in Korea, 1941-1950. He is editor of East Asia and the United States: An Encyclopedia of Relations Since 1784, Historical Dictionary of the Korean War, and Korea and the Cold War: Division, Destruction, and Disarmament. Matray is currently working on a book about the Battles of Pork Chop Hill. His presentation at the conference will focus on the hill fighting that characterized the later phases of the war.

In addition to the keynote speaker, Dr. Roger Pauly from the University of Central Arkansas will provide a general overview of the war and its historical context. He will be followed by Steve Rucker, Director of the Arkansas National Guard Museum, who will discuss the many contributions of the Arkansas National Guard to the war effort. The afternoon sessions will feature a panel discussion of local Arkansas Korean War veterans as well as the premier of a video documentary about the service of Arkansans in the Korean War.

To view a selection from the Korean War Project, click here. Stay tuned for additional information.


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