It's a new year, and it's a great time for families to reconnect with their roots. Anyone can learn more about genealogy and family history at the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, which offers access to numerous databases, city directories, and county records. Many of these resources may be used online with a Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) library card, and all may be accessed on the second floor of the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) building, 401 President Clinton Ave.
People who are just starting out with their family research are invited to attend Finding Family Facts, a free beginners' genealogy class held on the second Monday of each month at 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 204 of the ASI building. Participants are shown how to use online databases and to archive family documents. The class is taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. For more information, call 918-3033.
Explorations in portraiture by two accomplished Little Rock artists will be displayed at the Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave., beginning Friday, January 10. An opening reception will be held as part of Second Friday Art Night from 5-8 p.m. Unusual Portraits: New Works by Michael Warrick and David O'Brien features sculpture and two-dimensional works. The exhibition will be displayed through March 22, 2014. Second Friday Art Night is a free, once-a-month opportunity to visit downtown Little Rock's galleries, museums, and businesses after hours.
Admission to the Butler Center Galleries is free and open to the public. Butler Center Galleries are open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, contact 918-3033.