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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Old State House adds historic desk

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 6:46 AM

click to enlarge BACK HOME: Senator's desk returns to Old State House.
  • BACK HOME: Senator's desk returns to Old State House.

Let us depart from the normal run of conflict and loss for a moment.

The Old State House Museum proudly announces it has acquired a desk believed to have been used in the Arkansas Senate in the 19th century, a gift from Van E. Manning Jr. and Susan Ashcraft. Manning's grandfather, M.J. Manning, was president of the Senate 1899-1900.

Bill Gatewood, director of the museum, said it's believed to be one of a handful of surviving pieces of furniture from the original building. The Arts and Crafts-style black walnut desk is described as elegant and practical, with joined construction and a carved floral boss on the front.

The museum said Manning inherited the desk from his mother, Mary Bracy-Manning, daughter-in-law of M.J. Manning, who purchased it from the Old State House around 1920. Manning used the desk as a child.

It is now on display in the Pillars of Power exhibit.

Now I move to modern day activities of a current member of the state Senate.

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