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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on MacArthur Park, 2012
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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 2012 project, "Guns to Green Space: The History of MacArthur Park," directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of MacArthur Park and interviews with former Little Rock City Council members, individuals who lived in the surrounding neighborhood, former director of the Little Rock City Parks and Recreation Department, former Secretary of State, and others.
Project staff: Jennifer Boykin-Knight, Danny Groshong, Jessica Hulbert, Angela Kubaiko, Kaye Lundgren, Jennifer Pierce, Andrea Ringer, Kimberly Wessels, Amanda Whitley, and Allison Yocum-Hiblong.
The land now known as MacArthur Park was first used by Native Americans and Arkansas's early settlers, the first known usage by the latter being for horse races in the 1830s. In 1836, the same year Arkansas received statehood, the United States government funded the construction of the Little Rock Arsenal, a military installation built to protect Little Rock's citizens.
With the outbreak of the Civil War, this arsenal was used by the Confederate army until the commander surrendered it to Arkansas state officials in February of 1861. It was occupied by Union soldiers from their entry into Little Rock in 1863 to the close of the war. It was also the starting point for the Camden Expedition in 1864.
Following the Civil War, the land had been transferred to the city to be used as Little Rock's first public park, known as City Park. Many events have taken place in this public space, such as the birth of General Douglas MacArthur in 1880, the park's namesake after 1940; a presidential visit in 1905; and the 1911 Confederate Veterans Reunion. In the 1930s, construction began on the Museum of Fine Arts, which is now known as the Arkansas Arts Center, as well as the Museum of Natural History and Antiquities. The last remaining original structure from the arsenal, the Tower Building, houses the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.
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.
Little Rock (Ark.)
Little Rock (Ark.)--History--19th century
Little Rock (Ark.)--History--20th century
MacArthur Park (Little Rock, Ark.)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)
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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on MacArthur Park, 2012, UALR.MS.0199. 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 MacArthur Park, 2012, UALR.MS.0199.
Adrienne McGill, Graduate Assistant, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Fall 2012.