UALR Professor of History C. Fred Williams will present â€śLittle Rock â€“ from frontier village to New South city: The transforming experience of the Civil War and Reconstruction,â€ť as part of the Evenings with History series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 7, with a reception at 7 p.m.
The discussion will be held at the Ottenheimer Auditorium in the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. 3rd Street in Little Rock.
In the pre-Civil War era Little Rock found itself largely cut off from the mainstream of national trade and commerce as the advancing plantation economy flowed to markets in Memphis and New Orleans. The Civil War and Reconstruction years brought a renewal to the city. Its occupation by the Union Army stimulated the economy and continued development during the Reconstruction years helped to transform Little Rock into a modern city. The lecture will focus on the leadership and the policy decisions that helped produce this transformation.
The Evenings with History series is sponsored by the University History Institute, which is a nonprofit organization of private citizens interested in history and supporting UALR.
An individual can subscribe to the series for $50 annually, which includes admission to all six lectures. A joint subscription to the series, at $90 annually, offers savings of $10 to couples and friends. At $250 annually, a Fellow of the Institute receives the previous benefits, plus an invitation to special presentations for fellows exclusively, including private events with noted authors. The Institute also offers a life membership at $1,000 that can be paid in installments.
Subscriptions and donations to the Institute are tax deductible as allowed by law. Subscribers to the series help support historical research. Presenters donate their time, and the University History Institute uses all proceeds from the series to encourage research at UALR.
In recent years, annual institute grants, made possible by the Evenings with History series, have made major purchases of historical research materials for UALR.
For more information, contact the UALR History Department at (501) 569-3235.