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Second installment of Japanese American incarceration exhibition leads Butler Center's upcoming events

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Butler Center for Arkansas Studies is hosting a variety of programs throughout the month of August. To view the Butler Center's full calendar of events visit

Legacies & Lunch: Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas

Wednesday, August 2, Noon, Free
CALS Main Library Darragh Center, 100 Rock St. 
Michael Hibblen is news director at KUAR in Little Rock and the author of Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas, a collection of photographs of the crucial railroad that provided passenger and freight services in Arkansas for nearly 80 years. A decline in rail travel after World War II left the railroad struggling, and the Rock Island shut down in 1980. A few relics of the once-great railroad remain, such as the Little Rock passenger station and the Arkansas River Bridge. Bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided. Legacies & Lunch is sponsored, in part, by the Arkansas Humanities Council.

2nd Friday Art Night
Friday, August 11, 5-8 p.m., Free
CALS Butler Center Galleries, 401 President Clinton Ave.

Join the Butler Center for a night of art and live music by jazz guitarist Isaac Helgestad.

Opening Reception-"Jim Nelson: Abstraction and Color"
A survey of new and older works by Jim Nelson that combines elements of abstract painting and low relief carving to create colorful and dynamic artworks in a variety of soft and hard woods. Exhibition open August 11-November 25, 2017.

Opening Reception & Presentation-"The Art of Injustice: Paul Faris' Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration, Rohwer, AR 1945"

The Art of Injustice, assembled by guest curator Dr. Sarah Wilkerson Freeman, history professor at Arkansas State University, will display images taken by Paul Faris during his visit to Rohwer Incarceration Center in 1945. His captivating black-and-white photographs capture the community created by Japanese Americans during their incarceration in Arkansas during World War II. The curator's presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

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. Exhibition open August 11-December 30, 2017.

Finding Family Facts
Monday, August 14, 3:30 p.m., Free
Arkansas Studies Institute Room 204, 401 President Clinton Ave. 
The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month. Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert, teaches participants how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Contact: Rhonda Stewart, , 501-320-5720.

Dazz & Brie and the Emotionalz
Friday, August 18, 7 p.m., $10
CALS Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave.
Arkansas Sounds presents the winners of the 2017 Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase, Dazz & Brie and the Emotionalz, in support of their debut album, "Can't Afford California." Contact: John Miller, , 501-320-5728.

Sounds in the Stacks
Tuesday, August 29, 6:30 p.m., Free
CALS Dee Brown Library, 6325 Baseline Rd.
Sounds in the Stacks, a program of Arkansas Sounds, is a series of free piano concerts at CALS branches. The featured musician for August is Tim Anthony, R&B and jazz pianist and vocalist. The program is sponsored, in part, by Piano Kraft, Kawai, and KATV 7. Contact: John Miller, , 501-320-5728.

For more information about Butler Center programming, contact Shelle Stormoe at 501-918-3033 or

About CALS
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.

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