Arkansas History http://ualrpublicradio.org en Open House Set On NLR City Hall Anniversary http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/open-house-set-nlr-city-hall-anniversary <p>The city of North Little Rock will be allowing the public to tour its city hall in an open house on Sunday. It marks the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary since the placement of the building’s cornerstone on July 27<sup>th</sup>, 1914. North Little Rock City Clerk and Collector Diane Whitbey says people will be able to go through rooms and mingle with Mayor Joe Smith and other council members.</p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:49:00 +0000 Chris Hickey 27137 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Open House Set On NLR City Hall Anniversary Civil War Group Approves 2 New Historical Markers http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/civil-war-group-approves-2-new-historical-markers <p>The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has approved two new historical markers in Benton and Phillips counties.</p><p>The two markers announced Wednesday will be placed in Rogers and Helena-West Helena. The first will be placed at Hobbs State Park and will commemorate Peter Van Winkle's Mill, which was destroyed in the war.</p><p>The commission also approved a historical marker to commemorate the Lick Creek Skirmish in east Arkansas. That marker will be placed within Delta Heritage Trail State Park in Helena-West Helena.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:55:08 +0000 Associated Press 26238 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Ceremony To Begin Renovations To Little Rock's Robinson Center Music Hall http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ceremony-begin-renovations-little-rocks-robinson-center-music-hall <p></p><p>Gov. Mike Beebe, Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola and others used crow bars Tuesday to rip up part of the stage at Little Rock’s historic Robinson Center Music Hall, formally signifying the start of renovations to the venue.</p><p>The $68 million project will modernize the facility, which was built in 1939.&nbsp; The work will improve its acoustics and seating, while enabling it to host any touring Broadway production.</p><p>Stodola said it has taken a lot of work to get to this point.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:46:03 +0000 Michael Hibblen 25772 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Ceremony To Begin Renovations To Little Rock's Robinson Center Music Hall Hopes Of Saving Pine Bluff's Historic, But Crumbling Hotel Pines http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/hopes-saving-pine-bluffs-historic-crumbling-hotel-pines <p></p><p></p><p>A group of photographers is working to document a long-closed, historic hotel in Pine Bluff, while it's also being studied by architecture students. The hotel was once considered among the finest in Arkansas, but has been abandoned for nearly half a century and after a hard winter, the once grand structure is deteriorating fast.</p><p>The two story lobby with marble walls and plaster ornamentation is crumbling. The curved ceiling once featured stained glass, but that’s broken, allowing water to pour in.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:11:40 +0000 Michael Hibblen 24859 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Hopes Of Saving Pine Bluff's Historic, But Crumbling Hotel Pines Rohwer Projects On Japanese Americans During World War II Get National Grants http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/rohwer-projects-japanese-americans-during-world-war-ii-get-national-grants <p></p><p>The National Park Service has awarded nearly a quarter-million dollars in grants to projects in Arkansas that help preserve and interpret sites that were used to confine Japanese Americans during World War II.</p><p>The grants announced Thursday are among $2.9 million awarded nationally. In Arkansas, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock received a $220,000 grant for its cemetery conservation project at the Rohwer Relocation Center in Desha County. It held more than 8,000 Japanese Americans during the war.</p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:46:22 +0000 Associated Press 24692 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Rohwer Projects On Japanese Americans During World War II Get National Grants Majestic Hotel Owner Given 60 Days To Clean Up Rubble After Fire http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/majestic-hotel-owner-given-60-days-clean-rubble-after-fire <p></p><p>The owner of the Majestic Hotel in Hot Springs has been given 60 days to clean up the rubble left over from a fire that destroyed a large part of hotel complex in February.</p><p>The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality sent a letter Monday to Garrison Hassenflu, who owns the corporation that owns the Majestic property. The letter also says Hassenflu must submit a plan within 10 days detailing a removal plan for the debris at the Majestic site.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:29:50 +0000 Associated Press 24248 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Majestic Hotel Owner Given 60 Days To Clean Up Rubble After Fire Work To Begin Soon On $68 Million Renovation Of Robinson Auditorium http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/work-begin-soon-68-million-renovation-robinson-auditorium <p></p><p></p><p>Little Rock’s historic Robinson Center Music Hall will soon be closing its doors to begin two years of renovations to modernize the facility. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:40:42 +0000 Michael Hibblen 24221 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Work To Begin Soon On $68 Million Renovation Of Robinson Auditorium Grant Given To Preserve Former Governor's Papers http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/grant-given-preserve-former-governors-papers <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Center for Arkansas History and Culture has been awarded a grant of nearly $140,000 to curate the papers of former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The funding represents the largest National Historical Publications and Records Commission award in the state. The commission is part of the National Archives and Records Administration.</span></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 13:58:14 +0000 Associated Press 23632 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Clinton School Building Becomes Oldest In Arkansas To Receive Certification http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/clinton-school-building-becomes-oldest-arkansas-receive-certification <p></p><p>A former railroad station in Little Rock that today houses the Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is getting a new certification for energy efficiency.</p><p>To mark Earth Day, officials gathered Tuesday in front of Sturgis Hall, which was built in 1899, to make the announcement.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:03:23 +0000 Michael Hibblen 22159 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Clinton School Building Becomes Oldest In Arkansas To Receive Certification Wildlife Refuge To Be Renamed After Bumpers http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/wildlife-refuge-be-renamed-after-bumpers <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a renaming ceremony Friday afternoon for the White River National Wildlife Refuge after Bumpers, a Democrat who was Arkansas' governor during the early 1970s before serving four terms in the U.S. Senate.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:07:32 +0000 Associated Press 21973 at http://ualrpublicradio.org