Most people today have family members who served in the military, from the Civil War, through World Wars I and II, to the present. Participants of this workshop will learn where to begin their research on finding records that pertain to a family member’s military service. With new technology and the internet, researching personal records has never been so easy. However, these venues will not help if a person does not know where to go to begin the search. This two hour workshop, conducted by Arkansas History Commission staff, will educate the public on resources available to research military records.
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History relates the military heritage of Arkansas and its citizens to a diverse and widespread audience. Located in the historic Arsenal Building in MacArthur Park – one of Central Arkansas's oldest surviving structures and the birthplace of one of this country's foremost military heroes – the museum collects, preserves, and interprets our state's rich military past from its territorial period to the present.
The Arkansas History Commission is one of the oldest existing state agencies in Arkansas. As the official state archives, created by the General Assembly in 1905, the Commission has a wealth of resources on the history of Arkansas from territorial days to the present. With select military records from every war from the 18th century to the mid-20th century, more than 4000 manuscript collections, and 3000 newspaper titles from 1819 to the present, the State Archives has the largest collection of Arkansas history material anywhere.