2019-03 Life in the Western Country: Arkansaw Territory from 1819-1836

2019-03 Life in the Western Country: Arkansaw Territory from 1819-1836

March 3, 2019

This exhibit celebrates the 200th anniversary of the creation of “Arkansaw” Territory. Historical documents, like the deed to the first newspaper print shop west of the Mississippi, provide context for stories of opportunity and westward migration, while a needlework sampler stitched by a young Cherokee girl at the Presbyterian school known as Dwight Mission speaks to the displacement and cultural assimilation of Native Americans. House shoes worn by William Savin Fulton, the last governor of Arkansas Territory, and tablewares similar to what would have been used at Jesse Hinderliter’s tavern remind us of the timeless desire for the comforts of home. These authentic items shed light on the culture, experiences, and beliefs of some of the state’s earliest inhabitants. Life in the Western Country continues through April 5, 2020.


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Life in the Western Country: Arkansaw Territory from 1819-1836