Wednesday, August 12, 2015

World War I Traveling Exhibit Press Release



A sneak preview of The Great War: Arkansas in World War I, a free, traveling exhibit produced by the Arkansas History Commission, will be unveiled at the Patrick Henry Hays Senior Center during the Aug. 29 symposium, “The Great War: Service on All Fronts,” co-sponsored by the Arkansas History Commission and the North Little Rock History Commission. Following the symposium, the exhibit will formally open to the public at the North Little Rock Heritage Center at 506 Main St. in North Little Rock from Aug. 31-October 9, 2015.  The North Little Rock Heritage Center is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

The traveling exhibit consists of 12 panels that showcase images from the Arkansas History Commission’s holdings, including original documents, photographs, posters, maps and historical objects and tell the story of Arkansas’s role during World War I, at home and on the battlefields. 
 While at the North Little Rock Heritage Center, the traveling exhibit will be on display with an array of unique World War I artifacts from the historical collections of the Arkansas History Commission and the North Little Rock History Commission. 

This exhibit joins two other Arkansas History Commission traveling exhibits already in circulation: Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas, which chronicles major historic events in Arkansas during the Civil War, and Arkansas African American Legislators, 1868-1893, which tells the story of the 85 African Americans who served in the Arkansas General Assembly in the 19th century.

The Arkansas History Commission, located in Little Rock, is the official state archives of Arkansas. It maintains the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world and is dedicated to collecting and preserving the documentary history of Arkansas.  

For more information about the exhibit at the North Little Rock Heritage Center, call 501-371-0755 or email nlrhistory@comcast.net. To schedule this exhibit at your institution, call the Arkansas History Commission at 501-682-6900 or email state.archives@arkansas.gov. To learn more about the Arkansas History Commission and its collections visit www.ark-ives.com.

This exhibit is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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