Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 2016 Arkansas History Commission Newsletter

Look inside the May 2016 Issue of the Arkansas Archivist for these and other features!

BHCA and AHC Celebrate the Legacy of African American Artists
The Black History Commission of Arkansas and the Arkansas History Commission will be hosting a symposium on Saturday, June 4, at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.  The symposium’s theme, “African American Arts in Arkansas,” will feature speakers Delita Martin, Garbo Hearne, Garland Martin Taylor, and Jeff Lewellen.

World War I Traveling Exhibit Available at AHC

The Great War: Arkansas in World War I showcases images from the AHC’s holdings, including original documents, photographs, posters, maps and historical objects that tell the story of Arkansas’s role during World  War I, at home and on the battlefields.  The panels cover the chronology of the war as well as various facets of the conflict: training troops  in Arkansas, actions overseas, the home front, providing for the war,  healthcare and Arkansas heroes.  This exhibit consists of 12 banner stands.

Black History Commission News

In the past few months we have featured past recipients of Curtis Sykes Memorial grants.  Many of our readers may be inspired to apply for grants, but consider the grant application process daunting.  With that in mind, the BHCA will hold a free workshop on June 11.  The workshop will provide attendees with an overview of the grant writing process, the guidelines for applying for a Sykes grant, and an overview of past recipients.  The BHCA has been proud of the many interesting and worthy projects funded by the program through the years. 

From the Director

During the recent special session, the Arkansas General Assembly passed legislation moving the Arkansas History Commission to the Department of Arkansas Heritage. The legislation also formally changes our name to the Arkansas State Archives. Many of you have asked what this means for our agency. Hopefully, you’ve seen the press release issued by the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which may answer questions you have.  As State Historian and director of the Arkansas State Archives, I want to assure our patrons, donors, and supporters that our mission of collecting and preserving Arkansas history has not changed.