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Collections Blog

The Radio Man, Arkansan Bob Burns

Old State House Museum - Thursday, October 19, 2017

For this month's collections highlight, we are featuring musician, comedian and actor Bob Burns. Burns was born in Greenwood, Arkansas, on August 2, 1890, and grew up in Van Buren, Arkansas. He be ... Read More

The Man Who Built Arkansas

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Our collection is privileged to be the home of over 8,000 architectural drawings by Charles Thompson, one of the most successful architects in Arkansas history. His firm designed more than 2,000 b ... Read More

La chanteuse d’opéra: The Interrupted Melody of Marjorie Lawrence

Old State House Museum - Monday, January 23, 2017

This month we are featuring an opera gown worn by Marjorie Lawrence in her performance as leading soprano Delilah in Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah. Marjorie’s costume consists of a white ... Read More

Holiday Greetings from Arkansas's First Families

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

With the arrival of the holiday season, the Old State House Museum’s collection staff would like to highlight a selection of greeting cards sent out by the governors of Arkansas a ... Read More

Patsy Montana and the 1991 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Old State House Museum - Monday, November 28, 2016

In 1991, Patsy Montana marched in the 65th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, after which she and her fellow marchers received a plaque commemorating the experience. The plaque consists of a p ... Read More

"Woman's Chronicle" takes stand for suffrage

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, November 08, 2016

In March 1888, the Woman’s Chronicle was launched by Catherine “Kate” Campbell Cuningham, Mary Burt Brooks and Haryot Holt Cahoon in Little Rock. The establishment of the Chronicle followed hot on ... Read More

“The King of Ragtime Writers”: Scott Joplin and His Music

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Scott Joplin was born sometime between July 1867 and January 1868 and raised in Texarkana, Arkansas. As a child, his mother encouraged his musical education, which led Joplin to study with German  ... Read More

New Acquisitions: Elias Nelson Conway

Old State House Museum - Monday, August 29, 2016

Elias Nelson Conway was born on May 17, 1812, in Greeneville, Tennessee, to Thomas Conway, a planter, and Ann Rector. He spent most of his childhood in Missouri and received his formal ... Read More

Within an Inch of His Life: The Story of Maj. F.R. Earle

Old State House Museum - Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Collections Department spotlight for July highlights Major F.R. Earle, who served in the 34th Regiment of the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Fontaine Richard Earle was born January ... Read More

“Arkansas’s Hat Lady”: The Story of Willie Oates

Old State House Museum - Thursday, June 30, 2016

In honor of Willie Oates Day earlier this month, June’s blog showcases her many hats, both literally and figuratively. Will Etta Long (Willie) Oates was born on January 14, 1918, in Arkansas  ... Read More