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She came down from the Hills, Too: Celia Alta Haskins Faubus (First Lady, 1955-1967)

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Orval Faubus wrote a two volume autobiography in the 1980s entitled Down From the Hills, in which the second volume was called Down From the Hills, Two. But from the day that he met Alta Haskins a ... Read More

She Made the Pryor Commitment: Barbara Jean Lunsford Pryor (First Lady, 1975-1979)

Old State House Museum - Friday, November 09, 2018

Born on December 26, 1938, in Fayetteville, Barbara Jean Lunsford was the only daughter, and late Christmas gift, to Bruce and RosaLee Lunsford. In her freshman year at the University of Ark ... Read More

Embodiment of a Real-Life Princess Diary: Ginger Croom Beebe (First Lady, 2007-2015)

Old State House Museum - Friday, October 19, 2018

A local features writer once began a biographical sketch with this lead in: “In The Princess Diaries movies we were introduced to Mia Thermopolis who rises from humble beginnings to become royalty ... Read More

‘Helaine and the Little War’ theatrical reading to be Oct. 21

Old State House Museum - Monday, October 08, 2018

The Old State House Museum will present the premiere reading of a new play, “Helaine and the Little War,” October 21 at 2 p.m. The play, written by playwright David Eshelman and songwriters Ch ... Read More

Warrior for Peace and Children’s Health: Elizabeth Callan “Betty” Flanagan Bumpers (First Lady, 1971-1975)

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Betty Flanagan traveled far on life’s journey, from a small town elementary school teacher to her state’s First Lady and a globally recognized advocate for peace among nations in dangerous times.  ... Read More

Noted Civil War historian to speak Oct. 18 at Old State House Museum Associates Annual Supper

Old State House Museum - Monday, September 24, 2018

Join National Parks Historian Emeritus Edwin Bearss at the Old State House Museum (OSHM) on Oct. 18 for a special presentation on Confederate Maj. Gen. Patrick Cleburne, who was known as “the Ston ... Read More

Just Can’t Get Any Respect

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

When visitors grace the stately first home of Arkansas’s state government, the story of Speaker of the House John Wilson fatally stabbing Representative Joseph J. Anthony after a debate in the Hou ... Read More

He Hitchhiked to Win Her Over: Susan Burrell Hutchinson (First Lady, 2015-Present)

Old State House Museum - Thursday, September 13, 2018

Susan Burrell never dreamed while growing up in Atlanta that she would meet a country boy from Northwest Arkansas who was so smitten with her that he would hitchhike from Alma to Memphis once a mo ... Read More

Arkansas Arts’ First Lady: Jeannette Katherine Edris Rockefeller (First Lady, 1967-1971)

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

In her first 38 years, Jeannette Katherine Edris travelled a life journey that few women would have imagined or aspired to, including the women who resided in the place that she would begin to cal ... Read More

First Lady of the People’s House: Sarah Anne Phillips McMath (First Lady 1949-1953)

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Put yourself in these separate scenarios: Young mother expecting a child. Wife of a war hero turned ambitious politician being talked about as presidential timber. First Lady of the state. Soon-to ... Read More