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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, 2010
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Scope and Contents Note
This collection contains the project report, interview transcripts, and audio discs from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History's 2010 project, "Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site," directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site and interviews with the community planning committee for the museum, individuals from the neighborhood, and the museum's board members.
Project staff: Darcy Baskin, Sara Drew, Brian Irby, and Eric Mills
Little Rock Central High School has come to serve as one of the many symbols of the Civil Rights Movement since its desegregation in 1957. Opened in 1927, the then named Central High School was recognized for its excellence in education, and the $1.5 million structure was the largest high school in the nation until the 1940s.
Thirty years later, the school attracted national and international attention with the integration crisis of 1957, when, with the help of local civil rights activists, nine black students attempted to enroll in the all-white school. In 1977, Central High School was added to the National Register as the "Little Rock High School" for its historical significance to the local community, the state, and the nation.
The historic events surrounding the school were commemorated with the opening of the Little Rock Central High School Visitor Center in 1997. The following year, President Clinton signed a bill making the high school, visitor center, and neighborhood a National Historic Site. In 2001, the visitor center was incorporated into the National Park Service. With the help of federal funding, the museum opened an exhibit in 2007.
Historical Note on UALR Public History Seminar
The Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) is a required course restricted to graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Public History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Through directed readings and extensive research on specialized topics in public history, graduate students concentrate on basic skills needed for all specialized areas in public history. The objective of this course is for graduate students to experience team-research in the application of learned skills in report preparation, oral history, exhibition preparation, cultural resource management, and conservation techniques under a simulated contractual arrangement with a company or non-profit agency.
Central High School (Little Rock, Ark.)
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site (Little Rock, Ark.).
School integration--Arkansas--Little Rock
Segregation in education--Arkansas--Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)
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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, 2010, UALR.MS.0197. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
Footnote or Endnote info:
Description of item, file number, UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, 2010, UALR.MS.0197.
Adrienne McGill, Graduate Assistant, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Fall 2012.