In the Workshop

Historic Arkansas Museum - Monday, October 31, 2016

The latest project of the museum’s conservator, Andy Zawacki, is the reproduction of an 1830s Pleasure Wagon (shown to the right). A pleasure wagon was a popular, single horse drawn carriage that was typically a secondary vehicle for people who could afford them. The wagon could carry one or two people and only a small load so they were used for riding in town or to go short distances in good weather. If the owner had a larger load, like a pick up at the steamboat landing, the seats could easily be removed.  Read More

New to the collection: Day Remembered

Historic Arkansas Museum - Monday, June 01, 2015

This recent addition to the museum’s permanent collection, Day Remembered (1955)by Carroll Cloar, is a study drawing for the painting that now resides in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC.Cloar (1913 – 1993) was born on a cotton farm outside the small Delta town of Earle, Arkansas. He is considered a regionalist and his artwork is highly influenced by his childhood in rural Arkansas.  Read More

Museum Receives Rare Ashley-Crittenden Document

Historic Arkansas Museum - Saturday, May 30, 2015

Historic Arkansas Museum Commissioner Frances Ross accepted the donation of a rare document on September 26, 2012. The document dates to 1820 and is a partnership agreement between Chester Ashley and Robert Crittenden to establish a law practice that would eventually become the Rose Law Firm. The donors of the document are Rogers Cockrill, a direct descendent of Chester Ashley, and Herb Rule.  Read More

Arkansas Made

Historic Arkansas Museum - Friday, May 22, 2015

Elizabeth Lenora Hanna

Elizabeth Lenora Hanna (1916 – 2008), was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas, and lived in Lonoke at the time of her death. After receiving her degree at the George Peabody College in Nashville, she went on to study the arts at several noted institutions, including the Corcoran School of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Washington Musical Institute and the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the United States.  Read More

Leaving a Legacy Gordon and Wenonah Fay Holl

Historic Arkansas Museum - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Photo by James Grove, courtesy of Soiree“It will go to the Historic Arkansas Museum because they focus on Arkansas artists.” This is what Wenonah Fay Holl (1915-2011) told Soirée in 2004 when asked what would happen after her death to the remarkable collection of Arkansas art she and her late husband Gordon had amassed over the years.

More than just collectors, the two were a part of the community of artists and art patrons. They were actively involved in supporting the arts and could be seen at art openings and events all around the state.  Read More

From the Collection: Painting of Albina Lyon

Historic Arkansas Museum - Sunday, May 17, 2015

This charming painting by Henry Byrd of young Albina Lyon (1846-1871) is one of three portraits of her family hanging in the gallery exploring the Civil War in Arkansas (or the real part of the Reel to Real exhibit that also features memorabilia from Gone with the Wind).  Read More

New Blacksmith Shop

Historic Arkansas Museum - Friday, May 15, 2015

In the 1850s and 60s, blacksmithing was a vital service for the functioning of a farm in Arkansas. Horseshoeing, hardware production, tool repair, etc. all required metal-working skills. The Plum Bayou Loghouse Farmstead located on museum grounds between Markham and Second Street is an example of a mid-19th-century farm that would have relied on those services and so the museum is adding a blacksmith shop to the variety of structures already on this site.  Read More

5,000 Words

Historic Arkansas Museum - Friday, May 08, 2015

If a picture paints a thousand words, then the museum has recently received, through a generous bequest, 5,000 words! The five portraits given by Harrow, K.C. and Josephine Smith help tell the story of an early Arkansas family, and of the well-known Arkansas artist who painted them.   Read More

A Colorful Past

Historic Arkansas Museum - Friday, May 01, 2015

The Woodruff Print Shop reconstruction has been bricked and roofed; it has windows and stairs. To finish out the interior, one step is painting. And of course, it must be in the 1820s way, with an 1820s color palette—for the most authentic appearance.  Read More

What's Up with the Little Rock

Historic Arkansas Museum - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

by Bill Worthen  Read More