Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Arkansas Territory Bicentennial Celebration Resounding Success

Arkansas State Archives Digital Archivist Bridget Wood talks with a family
during the Arkansas Territory Bicentennial Celebration on March 1.

Hundreds of people came to the State Capitol for the Bicentennial Arkansas Territory Bicentennial on March 1.

Residents were treated to period actors, the debut of a traveling exhibit on the Arkansas Territory and special speeches by Gov. Asa Hutchinson; Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage; Dr. Wendy Richter, state historian and director of the Arkansas State Archives; and Swanee Bennett, director of the Historic Arkansas Museum.

A video of the speeches is available, thanks to Friends of the Arkansas State Archives. You can view the video at https://vimeo.com/320883976.

Attendees also got a piece of birthday cake and a free Arkansas Territory map poster while they learn what life was like in the Arkansas Territory 200 years ago.