Civil War Sesquicentennial events set


A commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battle of Arkansas Post, lectures and exhibits are among the events the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned for January, commission Chairman Tom Dupree announced recently.

Events include:

• Grand Prairie Civil War Roundtable will feature David Casto speaking on “Pumpkin Bend: The 8th Missouri Volunteer Cavalry and a Forgotten Skirmish near Augusta” at the Lonoke County Museum in Lonoke on Jan. 8; email rmeadows@aaamissouri.com for additional information.

• “The Battle of Arkansas Post,” a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture by Mark Christ of the ACWSC, will be held Jan. 9 at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock; call (501) 324-9685 or email info@oldstatehouse.org for more information.

• Civil War Roundtable of the Delta will feature Joe Herron of Arkansas Post National Memorial speaking on the Battle of Arkansas Post at the Beth El Heritage Hall in Helena-West Helena on Jan. 10; call (870) 338-4350 or email Ronald@arkansasheritage.org for more information.

• “Abraham Lincoln and Arkansas,” a lecture by Trey Berry, will be presented at the Saline County Library in Benton on Jan. 14; call (501) 778-4766 or email sperdue@saline.lib.ar.us for more information.

• “Occupation, Guerrillas and Murder,” a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture by University of Arkansas graduate student Rebecca Howard, will be held Jan. 17 at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock; call (501) 324-9685 or email info@oldstatehouse.org for more information.

• 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Arkansas Post, featuring re-enactments, lectures and living history, will be held Jan. 18-21 at Arkansas Post Museum State Park and Arkansas Post National Memorial; call (870) 548-2207 or email arkansaspostmuseum@arkansas.com for more information.

• Civil War Round Table of Arkansas will feature Dr. William Shea speaking on “Samuel Curtis: The Man Who Conquered Arkansas” at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock on Jan. 22; email rmeadows@aaamissouri.com for more information.

• “Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” the Arkansas History Commission’s traveling exhibit, will be on display at Arkansas Post Museum State Park Jan. 3-29; call (870) 548-2207 or email arkansaspostmuseum@arkansas.com for more information.

• “Battle Colors of Arkansas,” highlighting the museum’s battle flag collection, will be on display at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock through January; call (501) 324-9685 or email info@oldstatehouse.org for more information.

• “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be on display at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena through Jan. 31; call (870) 338-4350 or email info@deltaculturalcenter.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.

Details: Visit http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.