Butler Center summer activities explore ancestry and historic landmarks
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Butler Center for Arkansas Studies has live music, a riveting lecture, and a genealogy expert on the schedule beginning July 5. All events are free and open to the public.
Legacies & Lunch: Slavery at Lakeport
Wednesday, July 5, Noon-1:00 p.m.
CALS Main Library, Darragh Center, 100 Rock St.
Blake Wintory, assistant director of Arkansas State University's heritage site at the Lakeport Plantation, will describe important new findings into the history of slavery at Lakeport and in Chicot County.
Legacies & Lunch is the Butler Center's monthly lecture series, sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided.
2nd Friday Art Night
Friday, July 14, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
CALS Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave.
Enjoy live music by Sax Man Daryl Minefee. Exhibitions currently on display:
Then and Now by Sammy Peters
This exhibition of Peters' large abstract paintings and smaller works from 1962 to 2016 are a complex visual dialogue of color, texture and space. Peters describes his work as a living dichotomy, straddling the line between ambiguity and rhythm. (Open June 9-August26)
Historic Bridges of Arkansas
An exhibition of contemporary photographs, historic memorabilia, and the Arkansas Educational Television Network's documentary Historic Bridges of Arkansas featuring Maxine Payne and Robert Scoggin. (Open May 12-August 26, 2017)
The American Dream Deferred: Japanese American Incarceration in WWII Arkansas
This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program. (Open January 13-July 29, 2017)
Saturday, July 22, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Doors open at 9:00 a.m.)
CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave.
Dr. Robin Hanson, a professor of cultural history and professional genealogist, will present four sessions geared to helping genealogists of all levels sharpen their genealogical skills and enlarge the scope of their research.
Hanson has worked as an Ancestry.com expert and is a registered researcher at the National Military Personnel Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Her extensive academic background coupled with more than 30 years of genealogical research provides the foundation for her expertise in American cultural history and population migration. In the St. Louis Metro Area, she provides genealogical research instruction to encourage the study of family history and to promote the understanding of genealogy as part of our cultural history.
No registration required. For more information about Butler Center programming, call 501-918-3033.
The Central Arkansas Library System consists of 14 libraries located in the city of Little Rock (Main Library and eight branches), Pulaski County (Wrightsville, Jacksonville, Sherwood, and Maumelle), and Perry County (Perryville). CALS facilities on the Main Library campus include Ron Robinson Theater, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and the Cox Creative Center. The system contains more than one million items and has the largest research collection in central Arkansas.