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Events for December 2013
History of the Bowie Knife • Knife Gallery
Learn about the 175-year history of the bowie knife or Arkansas Toothpick, Arkansas’s most famous weapon. The story of Jim Bowie, as well as the history and art of bladesmithing are told in the museum’s Knife Gallery. The exhibit includes more than 100 historical and modern knives and is the official exhibit for the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame.
We Walk in Two Worlds: The Caddo, Osage and Quapaw in Arkansas
Learn the story of Arkansas's first people, in their own words. Those words and more than 150 objects tell teh history of the Caddo, Osage and Quapaw--their arrival, their lives here, their forced removal and how their traditions continue today.
Arkansas Made: Arkansas Made Gallery
For nearly 30 years, Historic Arkansas Museum has collected Arkansas Made. Now we are premiering an Arkansas Made gallery that will showcase those decades of researching and seeking out the art and everyday objects, made in Arkansas, that tell of our state’s creativity, artistry, craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibilities.
From a wardrobe made in 1850 by Izard County cabinetmaker John Lancaster to the late 20th century craft revival art baskets of Arkansas Living Treasure Leon Niehaus, this gallery will reflect the rich cultural heritage of Arkansas and its people.
Heeding the Call: The Firefighter Collection of Johnny Reep
July 29, 2013
This fascinating collection of Little Rock’s firefighting history includes photographs of dramatic fires in the burgeoning city, with recognizable storefronts and locations, as well as images of firefighting training, including catching a jumper from a second-story window. Nozzles, trumpets, uniforms, badges and more show how equipment, and the job itself, has evolved since the first organized group of volunteer firefighters more than 170 years ago. Collector Johnny Reep served the community of Little Rock for many years as a member of the Little Rock Fire Department, following in the footsteps of his father, H.T. Reep, who fought fires in Warren, Arkansas.
Figurations: Works by Stephen Cefalo and Sandra Sell
October 11, 2013
Stephen Cefalo works out of Little Rock and is cutting his own path in oil painting inspired by the style of the Old Masters. His work starts as a spectral image in his mind that transforms itself on the painting surface. Cefalo’s work is moody, complex and unapologetically human both in subject matter and technique.
Sandra Sell is also an artist out of Little Rock who focuses on creating movement in her abstract wood sculptures. Sell is inspired by “feelings or interpretations of a state of being.” In this body of work Sell is able to transform a tactilely hard medium into something soft, almost figurative and emotional.
46th Annual Christmas Frolic
December 8, 2013
1 pm - 4 pm
Keep your family tradition going, or make a new one and join hundreds of others who have danced their first
Virginia Reel in the Hinderliter Grog Shop, the oldest house in Little Rock. It’s always fun to watch your kids sashay down the line for the first time, or to brush up on your own steps.
From sack races to stilts, from fiddling to frolicking, this favorite seasonal event charms one and all with old fashioned fun. Bring the whole family out and enjoy live music, crafts, carols, pioneer games and our famous
hot cider and ginger cake.
9th Ever Nog-off
December 13, 2013
5 pm - 8 pm
Historic Arkansas Museum’s 9th Ever Nog-off is a culinary celebration of this favorite holiday drink,
and friendly competition for the best eggnog in town. From a 185-year-old recipe handed down 7
generations to concoctions with a modern twist, the only way to determine a winner is for guests
to sample them all.
Two awards are given with the prize being bragging rights. The People’s Choice goes to the
eggnog that receives the most votes from the Nog-off’s discerning guests who have chosen
winners astutely for the past seven years. The Taster’s Choice goes to the nog that gets the
nod from celebrity tasters.