Civil War 150-Year Commemoration Begins in Arkansas

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission will kick off a five-year-long, statewide, 150-year commemoration of the Civil War from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at the Old State House Museum in downtown Little Rock.

The UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture houses thousands of documents relating to the Civil War in Arkansas and the trans-Mississippi West, including manuscripts, letters, photographs, maps, and pamphlets. The Civil War collection is the largest holding in the archives.

Formed in 2007 under the Arkansas congressional act, the Sesquicentennial Commission has developed themes for each of the five-years-long commemoration. They include “Why Commemorate the Civil War? (2011),” “A Divided Arkansas (2012),” “Big War, Little War (2013),” “Under Two Governments (2014),” and “Emancipation and Reconstruction (2015).” Events, such as lectures, reenactments, art exhibits, concerts, and public and school educational events connected to the sesquicentennial are scheduled throughout the state.

The center  launched “The Legacy of the Civil War in Arkansas” digital exhibit in May 2011 highlighting unique and unusual holdings in the archives. You may access the website at


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