Old State House to host grand reopening of First Ladies exhibit on Sept. 14

Old State House Museum - Monday, August 20, 2018

The Old State House Museum will host a grand reopening of its exhibit, “First Ladies of Arkansas: Women of their Times,” on Sept. 14, 5-8 p.m.

This free public opening coincides with Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night activities and will include a specially-created ice cream flavor from Loblolly Creamery and hands-on activities for the whole family. Refreshments will be served.

“First Ladies of Arkansas: Women of their Times” explores the lives and accomplishments of governor’s wives throughout Arkansas’s history and contains the largest exhibition of first ladies’ gowns outside the Smithsonian.

The gowns on exhibit include some of the dresses that recently went through a significant conservation process. The museum received an Outstanding Conservation Work Award from the Arkansas Museum Association in 2017 for efforts in conserving and preserving these gowns.

The newly-renovated exhibit also includes video interviews with many of Arkansas’s first ladies detailing their accomplishments and efforts during their time as First Lady of Arkansas.

Gowns in the exhibit include those worn by Susan Hutchinson, Ginger Beebe, Barbara Pryor, Hillary Clinton, Mabel Martineau, Elizabeth Little, Ewilda Robinson, Anne McMath, Betty Tucker, Gay White, Jeannette Rockefeller, Alta Faubus, Anne Brough, Betty Bumpers, Janet Huckabee, Margaret Cherry and Eula Terral.

The Old State House Museum is located at 300 W. Markham in Little Rock. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public; the museum can validate parking at the DoubleTree hotel. Metered marking near the museum is free on weekends and after 6 p.m. on weekdays. For more information, call (501) 324-9685 or visit