Our Constitution (Part 5)

Old State House Museum - Monday, December 30, 2019

Any hopes that the government created under the Constitution of 1868 could bring peace to a state that had known turmoil for eight years were quickly dashed. Half the state was disenfranchised, an ... Read More

Our Constitutions (Part 4)

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, December 17, 2019

By the end of Isaac Murphy’s term as governor in 1868, Arkansas government was nearly deadlocked due to its refusal to cooperate with federal policies on Reconstruction. When Congress passed ... Read More

Our Constitutions (Part 3)

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Constitutional change during wartime often was overshadowed by issues more often than not having to do with matters of survival. Nonetheless, after Union forces occupied Little Rock on Sept. ... Read More

Our Constitutions (Part 2)

Old State House Museum - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

From the moment that the first shots were fired on Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, secession was in the wind, and it would come to Arkansas. But at first, Arkansans were not of one mind on th ... Read More

Our Constitutions (Part 1)

Old State House Museum - Monday, October 21, 2019

During the 75 years that the Old State House served as the seat of government in Arkansas, the people were governed under five constitutions: adopted in 1836, 1861, 1864, 1868 and the current one, ... Read More


Old State House Museum - Tuesday, September 17, 2019

For almost two and a half decades after the seat of government departed the Old State House, policymakers struggled with indecision over the building’s fate. Hard economic times during the 1 ... Read More

Old State House Museum pays tribute to the Arkansas State Fair

Old State House Museum - Monday, August 26, 2019

LITTLE ROCK (August 26, 2019) — In honor of the 80th Annual Arkansas State Fair, the Old State House Museum will feature two fair-themed exhibits beginning Oct. 5. Through memo ... Read More

They Saved the Old State House (Part 2)

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Old State House long faced the threat of demolition in the years after it was vacated by state government, but various people and groups fought to save it for future generations of Arkan ... Read More

Old State House Museum offers free traveling exhibits for schools, museums and others

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Traveling exhibits, mini-exhibits on loan, are a mainstay in the museum world. Old State House Museum has quite the collection of traveling exhibits, which can come in handy when another org ... Read More

The Young Man in a Hurry Just Couldn’t Wait For Her: Betty Allen Tucker (First Lady, 1992-1996)

Old State House Museum - Monday, August 05, 2019

When it came to his political aspirations, Jim Guy Tucker was a young man in a hurry to make it to Washington, D.C. He was a Marine Corps reservist who went to South Vietnam as an accredited ... Read More