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The Old State House Museum team receives awards from the Arkansas Museums Association

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Old State House Museum team receives awards from the Arkansas Museums Association LITTLE ROCK (Sept. 23, 2020) — During its online annual meeting on Sept. 15, the Arkansas  ... Read More

New exhibit takes visitors 'Down the Rabbit Hole'

Old State House Museum - Monday, August 31, 2020

Searching for sports in the Old State House Museum’s eMuseum collection brings up centuries worth of treasures: a book called “Wild Sports in the Far West” from 1859, a set of bowling pins from 19 ... Read More

Gadflies, Eccentrics and the Offbeat in Arkansas Politics Part One - William "Coin" Harvey

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, July 29, 2020

(This is the first in a series about some of the more offbeat and colorful personalities that have graced the political history of Arkansas. A previous article about an earlier figure in this genr ... Read More

The Reformer as Political Lightning Rod: Gov. Carl Edward Bailey

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Carl Bailey will never be known as a politician who stuck his finger in the air and judged the political winds before moving on a particular issue - instead,he was known for his stalwartness in th ... Read More

Modernization and Moderation: Gov. Thomas Chipman McRae

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Thomas Chipman McRae came to the governor’s chair late in his life amid the social and economic convulsions that dominated the beginning of the post-World War I era. As one who had known eco ... Read More

The Old State House Museum invites students to virtual summer camp

Old State House Museum - Monday, June 15, 2020

LITTLE ROCK (June 15, 2020) —From July 13 through July 17, the Old State House Museum will host a virtual program called Camp Old State House that explores Arkansas art, music, architecture  ... Read More

Old State House announces plans for Arkansas's Big Birthday Bash

Old State House Museum - Thursday, June 04, 2020

Knowing statehood was in the works, residents of the Arkansas Territory began building the Old State House for the first state capitol years before Arkansas became a state. Construction was well u ... Read More

Museum Director Bill Gatewood receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arkansas Historical Association

Old State House Museum - Monday, May 04, 2020

Over the years, the Old State House Museum staff has seen Bill Gatewood, the museum director, make tremendous strides toward preserving the building and making sure its educational programs, exhib ... Read More

General Contractor of Arkansas’s Progressive Era: Gov. George Washington Donaghey

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Arkansas voters in the modern age have heard lots of campaign pleas from candidates touting their business experience and being able to “run government like a business.” This, however, has n ... Read More

Courage Beyond Secession: Gov. Isaac Murphy

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Pennsylvania-born Isaac Murphy had pursued a notable career as a lawyer, teacher, farmer, local official, legislator and even prospective gold miner before the fateful day in 1861, when he s ... Read More