Saturday, July 17, 2010

Civil War Commemorative Exhibit Planned at Old State House

The sesquicentennial anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War is fast approaching. The Old State House Museum, located in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas, is planning an exhibit entitled An Enduring Union.
It is slated to open April 23, 2011 and run to March 2012. The exhibit will focus on why Arkansas commemorates her Civil War veterans and will feature artifacts, photographs from the museum’s collection, a video, and an accompanying exhibit brochure. The public will be able to view the photographs and artifacts on the museum.

The curator, Jo Ellen Maack, needs the public’s help with the exhibit. She is looking for artifacts and/or images relating to Confederate and Union veteran reunions in Arkansas. Any items you might donate or loan to the Old State House Museum would be appreciated.In addition to including photographs in the exhibit and all exhibit related publications, your permission would be needed for the photographs to be used in any educational resources created for the exhibit.

Those materials are made free to the public and may include, but are not limited
to interpretive brochures, lesson plans, loan boxes and other teacher resources. Any additional resources you could provide would help the museum convey a better understanding of Arkansas’s role in the Civil War and commemorate its participants.

The Old State House Museum is an American Association of Museums-accredited institution. The museum’s primary focus is Arkansas’s political history due to the fact that the building was the state’s first capitol.
Changing exhibits, each on view for about two years, focus on a variety of topics in Arkansas’s history.
If you have questions contact Jo Ellen Maack, Curator, at 501-324-8637 or email joellen@arkansasheritage.org

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