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Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration collection

Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration collection

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Finding aid for the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration collection

BC.MSS.98.27

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

June 8, 2016



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Central Arkansas Library System. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. (Little Rock, Ark.)
Title: Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration collection
Dates: 1917-1986
Quantity: 9.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains material related to the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration, 1836-1986.
Identification: BC.MSS.98.27
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains newspapers, newspaper clippings, other periodicals, pamphlets, and other memorabilia related to the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration, 1836-1986.


Biographical Information

The Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration, 1836-1986, was a statewide observance of the 150th anniversary of Arkansas’s admission to the Union as its 25th state. In 1982, Tom Dillard, then director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, was appointed by Governor Frank White to head the celebration commission that was made up of prominent state and local leaders. The commission’s task was to sanction and coordinate celebration activities held around the state; the commission was awarded a grant of $400,000 by the Arkansas legislature to plan and execute the activities. A contest for an official logo for the celebration was announced in early 1983, and in June of that year the logo designed by Linda Ridener of Fort Smith was selected.

Sanctioned events commemorating the anniversary were held throughout 1986 and included the “Salute to Statehood Weekend” that took place in Little Rock on June 13th-15th. Other celebration events included wagon train journeys that began in March 1986 in Fayetteville and ended in June 1986 in Little Rock.

The United States Postal Service chose Arkansas artist Roger Carlisle to paint an image for the celebration commemorative stamp, and Arkansas Power and Light underwrote Wayland Holyfield’s song, “Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me),” a tribute to the state of his birth.

Important results of the year-long celebration were a new emphasis on inclusion of Arkansas history in the state’s educational curriculum, and an increase in published works about the state.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

American newspapers -- Arkansas
Arkansas -- Centennial celebrations, etc.
Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission
Entertainment events -- Arkansas
Nutt, Tim
Toney, George Ashby, 1916-1992

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Arkansas Sesquicentennial Celebration collection, MSS.98.27, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tim Nutt and George Toney, 1997 and 1998


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