Arkansas History

Secretary interior Sally jewell transportation secretary Anthony Foxx National Park Service Ranger Jodi Morris
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Two members of President Obama’s cabinet visited Little Rock Tuesday, getting a firsthand look at the historic Central High School. It was part of a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas

The city of Hot Springs is urging residents to avoid the demolition site of the Majestic Hotel complex because of "extremely dangerous conditions."

Assistant City Manager Lance Spicer says the degraded structure and hazardous substances makes the site dangerous to the public. He says anyone who enters the building without protective gear could face health complications.

Crews have removed asbestos and other hazardous materials as they demolish the hotel complex, which was heavily damaged in a 2014 fire.

Bill Clinton Hope Home House
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The home in Hope where former President Bill Clinton spent the first four years of his life is set to reopen following a Christmas Day fire.

National Parks Service officials told reporters that volunteers and employees are unpacking boxes in an effort to have the home ready for visitors on Saturday.

The Christmas Day fire that was called arson damaged the exterior and some of the interior of the home and graffiti was found on a sidewalk and on a door of the home. Authorities did not immediately return phone calls Thursday for comment on whether any arrests had been made.

Robert Miller of Arkansas's chapter of the League of the South holds a Confederate battle flag and the LOS flag on Capitol grounds.
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Former Ku Klux Klan leader and former Louisiana Republican state representative David Duke says the climate is right for him to seek public office once again. Duke, referencing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, announced on Friday he's running in the state's U.S. Senate race.

Historic Arkansas Museum / Historic Arkansas Museum

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola will proclaim Tuesday “Historic Arkansas Museum Day” at a celebration commemorating the museum’s 75th anniversary.

The Little Rock museum, once known as Arkansas Territorial Restoration, officially opened in July 1941. Chris Hancock, spokesman for the museum, said having a day declared as Historic Arkansas Museum Day honors both the museum and the city.

Little Rock Nine former President Bill Clinton prime minister Tony Blair Bill Clinton
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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair joined former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in Little Rock Thursday, sharing concerns about growing divisiveness in the world. They spoke along with members of the Little Rock Nine to graduates of a leadership program before severe weather cut the event short.

The event was held in the auditorium at Central High School, with the former world leaders lamenting changes that have led to a hyper-partisan culture.

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Former governor and senator David Pryor again helped the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies pack the Ron Robinson Theater June 8, and again opened by talking about his contemporary Dale Bumpers.  

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  Housed deep inside Education Building Two on the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus is the state’s only dedicated repository for medical history, devices and photographs, and physician’s personal papers. 

This is the vaguely named Historical Research Center, and its archives and artifacts are up five stories, just beyond a wide wall of glass accessed by a thin skywalk open on either side to a leg-shattering fall. The skywalk starts at the doors of a single passenger elevator not wide enough for one fat wrestler delivering two wedding cakes.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
Arkansas Times

On Saturday, June 18th the corner of Broadway and 9th streets in downtown Little Rock will be transformed into a block party in honor of Juneteenth, the nation’s oldest holiday commemorating the end of slavery. This year, the festivities hosted by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock will be expanded, in large part because of the Kinsey Collection of African American art and history that is currently on display.

Majestic Hotel
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A committee of the Hot Springs board of directors has settled on who should demolish the fire-damaged Majestic Hotel.

While some residents were hopeful a portion of the 90-year-old building could be saved after a February 2014 fire, City Manager David Frasher said that when he visited the hotel recently, "it was raining on every floor."

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