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February Civil War 150 Events! Civil War 150 Markers! ACWSC E-Newsletter

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Welcome to the e-newsletter of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Newsletters will be sent out periodically to keep readers up to date on recent activities of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, which is housed in the Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to a friend.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

FEBRUARY ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCED

ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION APPROVES CRAIGHEAD, GRANT COUNTY HISTORICAL MARKERS

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ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL EVENTS FOR FEBRUARY 2015 ANNOUNCED

LITTLE ROCK—A Civil War play, lectures and exhibits are among the February 2015 activities the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial activities, as well as additional information on the activities listed below, can be found at http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.

Civil War sesquicentennial events during February include:

* “Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” the Arkansas History Commission’s traveling exhibit, will be at Arkansas State University – Mountain Home February 2-15; call (870) 508-6100 or email tanderson@asumh.edu for more information

* South Arkansas Historic Preservation Society will feature Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission speaking on Union soldier Jacob Haas on February 2 in El Dorado; call (870) 862-9890 or email info@soarkhistory.com for more information.

* It’s In The Bag: Lunch ‘N Learn at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock will feature the cast of “The Whipping Man,” a Civil War play, on February 3; call (501) 683-3593 or email info@mosaictemplarscenter.com for more information.

* “The Whipping Man,” a Civil War-themed play, will be at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre through February 8 and will feature a “talk-back” series to interact with the cast and experts; call (501) 378-0405 or visit www.therep.org.

* White County Civil War Roundtable will feature Mark Christ of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission speaking on a soldier in the 9th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment on February 5 in Searcy; call (501) 593-3020 or email larry.binz@gmail.com for more information.

* War on the Water: Gunboats on the White River, an exhibit at Lower White River State Park in Des Arc, will open February 8; call (870) 256-3711 or email lowerwhiterivermuseum@arkansas.com for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be at the Nevada County Depot and Museum at Prescott through February 8; call (870) 887-5821 or email curator@depotmuseum.org for more information.

* Grand Prairie Civil War Round Table will feature William Baker speaking on “How Robert E. Lee Lost His Arlington Estate” at the Lonoke County Museum in Lonoke on February 10; call (501) 676-6750 or email misslata@sbcglobal.net for additional information.

* Brown Bag Lunch Lecture, featuring Dr. Kelly Jones speaking on “Opportunity on the Edge of the South: Slaves in the Wilds of Arkansas,” will be held on February 11 at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock; call (501) 324-9685 or email info@oldstatehouse.org for more information.

* Batesville Area Civil War Roundtable will present Scott Akridge speaking on Civil War activities in White County on February 12 in Batesville; call (870) 793-7725 or email mcmiller@ipa.net for more information.

* Arkansas Stories Project will present Charley Sandage and Harmony singing Arkansas-based songs, many on Civil War themes, at the Ron Robinson Theatre in Little Rock on February 13; call (870) 585-2496 or email cvsandage@gmail.com for additional information.

* All I Possess is Yours: Civil War Love Letters and Valentines will be presented on February 14 at Jacksonport State Park; call (870) 523-2143 or email jacksonport@arkansas.com for more information.

* Civil War Roundtable of the Delta will feature Lori Walker speaking on the Freedom Trail, a network of African American sites between Pine Bluff and Helena, on February 16 at Beth El Heritage Hall in Helena-West Helena; email armedic73@hotmail.com for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be at the Bradley House Museum at Jasper February 27 through March 8; call (870) 446-6247 or email history@ritternet.com for more information.

* Civil War Round Table of Arkansas will feature Rob McGregor speaking on Nathan Bedford Forrest when it meets at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock on February 28; email brianb1578@aol.com for more information.

* Civil War and the Mississippi River, a program featuring Jack Myers of the Delta Cultural Center speaking on riverine warfare, will be held February 28 at Mississippi River State Park in Marianna; call (870) 295-4040 or email mississippiriver@arkansas.com for more information.

* Des Arc Rangers: Co. B, 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles, an exhibit on a Confederate unit raised in the area, will continue at Lower White River Museum State Park at Des Arc during February; call (870) 256-3711 or email lowerwhiterivermuseum@arkansas.com for more information.

* “Washington 1864: Conflict on the Doorstep,” an exhibit on the capital of Confederate Arkansas in the final months of the Civil War, will continue at Historic Washington State Park during February; call (870) 983-2226 or email HistoricWashington@arkansas.com for more information.

* “‘Freedom! Oh, Freedom’: Arkansas’s People of African Descent and the Civil War, 1861-1866” will continue at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock during February; call (501) 683-3593 or email info@mosaictemplarscenter.com for more information.

For more information on these and other sesquicentennial events, visit http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is housed within the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

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ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION APPROVES CRAIGHEAD, GRANT COUNTY HISTORICAL MARKERS

LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved applications for Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers in Craighead and Grant counties, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today.

The Craighead County marker is sponsored by the Col. Robert G. Shaver Camp #1655, Sons of Confederate Veterans, and James W. Honnoll Chapter 2607, United Daughters of the Confederacy, and will commemorate Confederate units recruited in Craighead County. It will be located at the Southern Heritage Confederate Park at 117 Southwest Drive in Jonesboro.

The Grant County marker is sponsored by the Friends of Jenkins’ Ferry Battlefield and will commemorate Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith’s headquarters during the battle at Jenkins’ Ferry and fighting along Cox’s Creek. It will be located at the Leola Pole Mill in Leola.

Through the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker Program, the ACWSC works with local partners to help tell the stories of how the Civil War affected communities around the state. The Commission hopes that there will be at least one marker in each of the state’s 75 counties by the end of the commemoration in 2015. Counties that currently do not have Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Markers are Bradley, Calhoun, Crawford, Franklin, Hot Spring, Howard, Lafayette, Lawrence, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Randolph, Sevier and Sharp.

To date, 105 markers in 61 counties have been approved. Marker applications are available at http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/historical-markers/markers.aspx.

For more information on sesquicentennial plans, visit www.arkansascivilwar150.com or e-mail acwsc@arkansasheritage.org.

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is housed within the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.


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