Monday, February 27, 2012

Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission March 2012 ENewsletter

From The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission:

Welcome to the e-newsletter of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Newsletters will be sent out periodically to keep readers up to date on recent activities of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, which is housed in the Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Please feel free to forward this newsletter to a friend.
For more information on the commission’s activities, or to subscribe to the e-newsletter, visit the ACWSC web site at To become a fan of the ACWSC on Facebook, go to!/pages/Arkansas-Civil-War-Sesquicentennial-Commission/279474924191?ref=ts.
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       LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned several events for March 2012, including exhibits, lectures, and activities marking the 150th anniversary of the battle of Pea Ridge, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial activities, as well as additional information on the activities listed below, can be found at   
       Pea Ridge National Military Park and the Pea Ridge National Military Park Foundation will hold events March 9 through 11 at the park and in the city of Bentonville, including a Civil War music concert with Bobby Horton, soldier encampments, battlefield tours, and a memorial service. Call (479) 451-8122 for more information.
       Among the other Civil War sesquicentennial events during March are:
·         “Civil War Arkansas, 1863-1865,” the ACWSC’s traveling exhibit, will be at the Lawrence County Library in Walnut Ridge through March 4; call (870) 886-3222 for more information.
·         “Confederate Mining and Recruitment,” a lecture by James Johnston in conjunction with the Buffalo National River, will be held March 6 at the Newton County Library in Jasper; call (870) 446-2983 or email for more information.
·         Sultana Exhibit, an exhibit on the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history in which hundreds of Union soldiers perished, will be at the Marion Chamber of Commerce March 6 through 26; call (870) 739-6041 or email for more information.
·         Confederate Salt Works Historical Marker Dedication, including cannon and re-enactors, will be held March 10 at Bald Knob City Hall; call (501) 344-8323 for more information.
·         “The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Pea Ridge or Elkhorn Tavern,” a lecture by Dr. William Shea, will be held March 12 at the Saline County Library in Benton; call (501) 778-4766 or email for more information.
·         “An Enduring Union” Exhibit, an exhibit at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock focusing on why Arkansas commemorates its Civil War veterans, will conclude its run on March 12; call (501) 324-9685 or email for more information.
·         “Civil War Arkansas, 1863-1865,” the ACWSC’s traveling exhibit, will be at the University of Arkansas at Monticello Library March 13 through April 12; call (870) 460-1080 for more information.
·         “Archeologies of the Civil War in Arkansas,” a lecture by Dr. Jamie Brandon, will be held as part of the Brown Bag Lunch Lecture series at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock on March 15; call (501) 324-9685 or for more information.
·         “Lakeport Plantation Presents Author: Dr. Robert Patrick Bender,” a lecture by the author of Worthy of the Cause for Which They Fight: The Civil War Diary of General Daniel Harris Reynolds, 1861-1865, will be held at the Lakeport Plantation near Lake Village on March 17; call (870) 265-6031 or email more information.
·         General Patrick Cleburne Memorial, an annual tribute to the Confederate general buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Helena, will be held March 17; call (870) 592-0079 or email for more information.
·         “Reel to Real” Exhibit, an exhibit at Little Rock’s Historic Arkansas Museum contrasting artifacts from the movie Gone with the Wind with items from Civil War Arkansas, will continue during March; call (501) 324-9351 or for more information.
          For more information on these and other sesquicentennial events, visit      
          The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is housed within the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.
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Charley Sandage and the trio Harmony have released Arkansas Stories, Volume III, which contains sixteen original songs about the experiences of Arkansas people in the Civil War. Fourteen new songs were written for this project, and two previously recorded but relevant pieces were added for this CD.
“We are honored,” Sandage says, “that the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has allowed us to display its logo on this CD jacket. We’ve tried to be thorough in the research behind the songs, and several leading Arkansas historians have been generous with their guidance.”
Harmony, based in Mountain View, includes Mary and Robert Gillihan and Dave Smith. They use an old-time string-band style and rich vocals to deliver Sandage’s story songs in live performance as well as in recordings. This release is the third in a series that offers stories from all periods of Arkansas history, in addition to one CD that is meant for children at pre-K and early elementary school levels. The group has performed its Arkansas Stories programs in dozens of venues including festivals, schools, and libraries around the state. They are available for performance at observances throughout the course of the sesquicentennial period, and they are on the Arkansas Arts Council’s list of touring artists. 
For more information about the CD or about live performances, email Charley Sandage at or call 870-585-2496.

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