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    Historic Arkansas Museum

    by saraheg77 Updated Mar 13, 2007

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    Admission to the galleries at the museum is free and the
    Admission for tour of historic homes:
    Adults - $2.50
    Children (under 18) - $1
    Seniors (over 65) - $1.50

    I'd say it is well worth the $2.50 for the tour!

    Hours:
    Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    (Tours depart hourly except noon; last tour is at 4 p.m. daily)
    Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter and Thanksgiving

    One of my best friends works part time at the museum. Sometimes she is dressed in period clothes and is working in the kitchen on the tour. I visited in March and got to see her in action. She baked a cake in the morning using a dutch oven and hot coals over and under the oven. In the afternoon she was demonstrating how to spin wool. She was also discussing how the wool is dyed. I learned something interesting which is that most colors were made using various plants just boiled in water - and the color would come out in the water. But the color blue was special. The plant used for blue required an acid to pull the color out, so they usually mixed urine in to make blue!! haha!! I don't think I'd be wanting any blue clothes! :D

    The galleries I walked thru which are part of the free part of the museum were interesting. There was an exhibition up about various women's purses. :)

    If you are in the River Market area with some free time on your hands, stop by the museum and spend the $2.50 for the tour! :)

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    Visit Bill Clinton's Library

    by 807Wheaton Updated Jan 7, 2008

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    Just the outside appearance of this place is enough to invoke curiosity. Once inside, the exhibits and scenic views are great. We were impressed by the exhibits and displays that created a wonderful trip down memory lane. Of course, Bill Clinton's era of history is my era also, so it was quite poignant. There are many items displayed that were gifts to the Clintons from countries around the world. Once inside, there is a great view of the Little Rock City Skyline. Take time to visit the Oval Office room and The Cabinet Room. There are plenty of docents to answer questions and offer information.
    The bridge that is beside the library is scheduled to be restored as part of a 13 acre park around the center. There is plenty of free parking here. Entrance price has a Senior's Discount.
    Bill was at the library the day before we visited.

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    Central High School National Historic Site

    by Toughluck Written Feb 1, 2007

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    On the morning of September 23, 1957, nine African-American teenagers held the line against an angry mob protesting integration in front of Little Rock's Central High School. As the students met their new classmates for the first time inside the school, outside violence escalated and the Little Rock police removed the Nine from the school for their safety. The next day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division into Little Rock to escort the nine students into the school. One of the nine later remembered, “After three full days inside Central, I knew that integration is a much bigger word than I thought.”

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    Central High School National Historic Site

    by grandmaR Written Dec 17, 2009

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    I'm old enough to remember when Arkansas Governor Orval E. Faubus tried to stop school integration. In 1957, I was attending Oberlin College which in the 1860s was one of the stops on the Underground Railroad that helped slaves escape from the south. I wasn't sure what we would see if we went to Central High School.

    It was fairly difficult to find the High School which is an operating high school. as it was tucked away in a residential neighborhood. There is parking at the new (2007) Visitor's Center which is across the street diagonal from the actual school. The new visitor's center was a part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration. The old one had been at an old gas station across the street.

    When we arrived there was a class of 6th graders there. The Visitor Center contained interactive exhibits on the 1957 desegregation crisis. Eisenhower was President then and when he used federal troops to ensure the rights of African-American children to attend the previously all-white school, he became the first president since the post-Civil War Reconstruction period to use federal troops in support of African-American civil rights. I was very impressed by the exhibits contain interactive oral history listening stations and how hard it must have been for the Little Rock Nine. In 1999 the Little Rock Nine each received the Congressional Gold Medal-our nation's highest civilian honor-for their efforts to desegregate Little Rock Central High School

    The Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., year round. The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Reservations are necessary for groups to tour the actual school, but the visitor's center is free.

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    Central High School

    by cmarsek Written Dec 9, 2005

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    "In September 1957, Little Rock's Central HS became a crucial battleground in the struggle for civil rights. The nation sat transfixed as nine black students attempted to enter the previously all-white school. While a hostile crowd watched, Arkansas Nationa Guard troops blocked their entrance.

    Three weeks later, after negotiations between the Arkansas Governor and President Eisenhower failed to resolved the stalemate, Eisenhower called the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division to escort and protect the nine students entering the school. The conflict was only beginning...

    ...Come to Central H.S. and see first-hand how Little Rock came to symbolize the federal government's commitment to eliminating separate systems of education for blacks and whites.

    The Museum and Visitor's Center occupies a former Mobil service station now restored, that is located across the street from Central H.S."

    ~ Museum Brochure

    Unfortunately the museum was closed when I tried to visit, but I was utterly amazed at the enormous size of Central H.S. It really is a sight to see!! It is open Monday - Saturday 9am - 4:30pm and on Sunday from 1pm - 4:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

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    Old State House Museum

    by mafootje Updated Jul 25, 2004

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    The old state house museum is a National Historic Landmark itself but it has also exhibits some are permanent and others are travelling exhibits.

    One of the permanent exhibits is "Pillars of Power" telling about the history of the museum itself. You can also take a look at many Arkansas First Lady Gowns going back to 1942. The museum overlooks the Arkansas River houses.

    The museum also played a role in recent history a the place for Bill Clintons election night celebrations.

    Admission is free..

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    The Capital of Arkansas in Little Rock

    by 807Wheaton Updated Jan 18, 2008

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    Our main reason for a trip to Little Rock was for genealogy. One of the nice things about genealogy is that it takes you to so very many interesting places along the way or at the research place. That was true for this trip. The State Archives are in the side, along the back of the Capital Building. There is plenty of parking but we waited until about eleven o'clock in the morning to get there so that empty spots would be available as people left for lunch.
    We went through security and up the elevator to the 4th floor.
    There is a very good cafeteria there for the State employees or visitors like us. It closes at 2PM.

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    State Capitol

    by saw50st8 Written Jul 13, 2006

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    Take a self guided tour of the state capitol building. This is something I do in every state capitol city that I am in. THey usually have beautiful architecture and a great sense of history. Best of all they are free! You can spend as little or as much time you like wandering around, and some lucky times there are legislatures debating things inside.

    Personally guided tours of the Capitol may be scheduled with the Tour Director, at (501) 682-5080. The free scheduled tours of the Capitol Building are offered weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm. Walk-in visitors requesting personally guided tours will be assisted if the Capitol Tour Director is available.

    The State Capitol Building is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm., and on weekends and holidays from 10 am to 3 pm.

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    Clinton Presidential Library

    by nasanerd Written Sep 28, 2005

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    The Clinton Presidential Library is full of one of the most fascinating time periods of history. Even those who aren't Clinton fans can find something to enjoy. There is an exact replica of the Oval Office and the Cabinet Room, as they appeared during the Clinton administrations. The library is jam packed with technology; in the Cabinet room you sit at the Cabinet table with touch screens and can go through details of the various positions in the administration and their respective functions or through policies enacted during the 8 years of the Clinton administration.

    On the lower level of the library you'll also find a timeline with major events of the respective year and the administration's accomplishments of that year (i.e. the Belfast Peace Accords), going year by year down the center with alcoves on each side with a central theme such as Healthcare, Disarmament, or Education.

    The second floor exhibits focus more upon the personal and social aspect of the Clinton's life in the White House. You'll find an exhibit with two mannequins dressed in formal attire that President and Mrs. Clinton wore to a state dinner next to a table with the setting that was used at formal state dinners. There are also displays with President Clinton's sports memorabilia and paintings of Socks, the cat, and Buddy, the dog. You'll also find TVs showing tapes of "The Clinton Humor."

    I spent about 7 hrs in the library and still did not read and see everything! This museum/library is full of information and you need at least a day to do it justice. The building itself is a wonderful work of architecture and the employees are wonderfully accommodating and helpful. They have truly made this Presidential Library a wonderful place to visit and not a stuffy, dry archaic tomb. I highly recommend it to anyone. It's also very affordable, $5 with a student discount! I'm in the process of building a website with some of the 500 pictures I took during the Globecoming Week and will add the URL once I've completed it, so check back!

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    quapaw quarter

    by doug48 Written May 20, 2012

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    the quapaw quarter is a section of downtown little rock known for it's historic antebellum and victorian homes. pictured is villa marie built in 1881. villa marie was used as the exterior of sugarbaker designs in the television show designing women. for those interested in architecture the quapaw quarter is a very worth while neighborhood to explore in downtown little rock. the quapaw quarter is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    state capital

    by doug48 Updated May 18, 2012

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    the current state capital building was built between 1911 and 1915 on the site of the old arkansas state penitentiary. prison labor was used for the construction of the building. this beautiful neo classical building is listed on the national register of historic places. the capital building is open for tours weekdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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    curran hall

    by doug48 Updated May 15, 2012

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    a good first stop on a visit to little rock is the visitor center at curran hall. the visitor center is located in the historic walters-curran-bell house also known as curran hall. this beautiful greek revival home was built in 1842 and is one of the oldest homes in little rock. at curran hall you can get information of little rock's hotels, restaurants, and attractions. curran hall is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    little rock arsenal

    by doug48 Updated May 15, 2012

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    the little rock arsenal was built in 1840 to protect little rock from indian attack. in 1861 the arsenal was taken over by the confederacy and later retaken by the union in 1864. in 1864 the arsenal was the the execution site of david o. dodd who at the time was called "the boy hero" of the confederacy. in 1880 future general douglas mac arthur was born at the arsenal. today the arsenal houses the museum of arkansas military history. the little rock arsenal is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    david owen dodd memorial

    by doug48 Updated May 16, 2012

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    pictured is marker on the site of the execution of david owen dodd, "the boy hero of the confederacy". on december 24 th 1863 andrew dodd sent his seventeen year old son to deliver letters to business associates in union held little rock to seek investments in a tabacco deal. confederate general james fagan issued dodd a pass to enter union territory. on december 28 th dodd visited the provost marshall's office in little rock and obtained a pass to return to confederate territory. when dodd left union territory a guard tore up his pass. the next day dodd mistakely recrossed the union line and was stopped by a sentry. since he did not have a pass dodd was searched and the sentry found a note book with with information about union troop locations around little rock. dodd was arrested as a spy and court martialed. dodd was convicted and hung on the grounds of the little rock arsenal. after his execution dodd became known as "the boy hero of the confederacy". a similar event occured in pulaski tennesse with the execution of sam davis also known as "the boy hero of the confederacy".

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    old state house

    by doug48 Updated May 20, 2012

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    the old state house was built in 1843 and is the oldest existant capitol building west of the misssiisppi. this beautiful greek revival building was designed by architect giddeon shryrock who also designed the kentucky state capitol building. the old state house served as arkansas' state capital until 1911 when the new state capital building was constructed. the old state house is listed on the national register of historic places. today the old state house is home to museum of arkansas history. this interesting museum is well worth a visit when in downtown little rock. admission is free.

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