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

Keeper of the Governor’s Public Image: Mabel Martineau (First Lady of Arkansas, 1927-1928)

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

In an age in which wives of public figures were more often than not out of the limelight, especially in traditionalist Arkansas, Mabel Martineau was a magnetic personality. As a hostess, it w ... Read More

She Never Expected to Be There: Gay White (First Lady of Arkansas, 1981-1983)

Old State House Museum - Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Life brought Gay Daniels far from being a self-described “Navy Brat” in Oakland, Calif., to the pinnacle of prominence as Gay White, First Lady of Arkansas. Life was indeed exciting, challengi ... Read More

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 Ro ... Read More

Progress...and poverty

Old State House Museum - Friday, August 03, 2018

Much has been written about the wretched condition of the Old State House throughout much of the history it served as Arkansas’s seat of government. But often overlooked is that many of the people ... Read More

A Portrait (Or Lack Thereof) Paints a Thousand Words

Old State House Museum - Monday, July 02, 2018

To say that Powell Clayton was not one of Arkansas’s most popular governors in his day would indeed be the grossest form of understatement. In the chaos and dislocation that gripped Arkansas after ... Read More

This Old House and a Tale of Two Governors

Old State House Museum - Thursday, June 21, 2018

Heated rivalries between ambitious people seeking to hold high office are nothing new. In Arkansas, these are legend: Hindman vs. The Family, Brooks vs. Baxter, Fulbright vs. Adkins, Faubus vs. Ro ... Read More

The Ledge Really Can Really Come Home Again

Old State House Museum - Friday, May 11, 2018

Many of us have heard the phrase, “You can go home again.” Even family therapist Monica McGoldrick used it as the title and theme of a book on family relationships. But how does it apply with inst ... Read More

Learn about life during WWI at Old State House Museum

Old State House Museum - Monday, April 30, 2018

Join the Old State House Museum in commemorating the centennial anniversary of World War I on May 11-12. During 2nd Friday Art Night from 5-8 p.m. on May 11, the museum lawn will transform in ... Read More

Lady Baxter stands vigilant after 144 years at the Old State House

Old State House Museum - Monday, April 23, 2018

Our Old State House has its own piece of heavy artillery present on the front lawn, and it still stands guard after 144 years. Yes, it’s the indomitable “Lady Baxter,” and boy, what a life that th ... Read More