Friday, June 24, 2016

Heroes of Arkansas Folk Music Symposium and Concert

The Arkansas State Archives will host a symposium and concert on Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 a.m. until noon in Conference Room 4A-400 on the fourth floor of the Multi-Agency Complex building at 1 Capitol Mall. The symposium’s theme, “Heroes of Arkansas Folk Music,” will feature speakers George West, Charley Sandage, and State Archives staff member Jeff Lewellen.

Topics include Arkansas musicians Almeda Riddle, Jimmy Driftwood, and Patsy Montana. The folk band, Harmony, will play select songs from each musician in between presentations and there will be brief question and answer sections after each presentation.

The seminar is free to attend but registration is required. The deadline for registering will be July 25, and registration is limited, so be sure to make reservations soon.  Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. on July 30. Teachers can earn up to four professional development hours through attendance.  Light breakfast refreshments will be served.

The Arkansas State Archives, located in Little Rock, is the official state archives of Arkansas and maintains the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world.  The agency has two branch locations; the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives is located in Powhatan and the Southwest Regional Archives is located in Washington.

For more information about the symposium or to register, contact us at or call us at 501-682-6900.

This event is funded in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council.