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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 09:45:00

Central High students develop app and tour to allow visitors to walk in the footsteps of the LR Nine.

A team of Little Rock Central High School students is working with the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site to develop an app that leads visitors on a walking tour that follows in the footsteps of Little Rock Nine member Elizabeth Eckford as she tried to attend classes on her first day at Central High on Sept. 4, 1957.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 15:36:00

Banner celebrating Black History, 'black lives matter' goes up on F'ville's Dickson Street

A banner expressing a commitment to honoring and celebrating Black history, complete with the slogan "Black Lives Matter," recently went up on Dickson Street in Fayetteville as part of a local group's slate of activities for Black History Month.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 13:57:00

1995: When even the thought of 'Madam President' was offensive.

Following Hillary Clinton's historic selection as the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party last night in Philadelphia, Jezebel.com makes note of just how far we've come: a 1995 story in which discount behemoth Walmart pulled t-shirts from their stores because they featured the words "Someday, a woman will will be PRESIDENT!"

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 08:55:00

Civil rights leader Julian Bond dies; Roy Reed pens New York Times obituary

Civil rights lion Julian Bond, one of the original leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, has died at 75.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 11:15:00

Harrison KKK group to Memphis: give us the bones of Nathan Bedford Forrest

The Southern Poverty Law center reports that a Ku Klux Klan faction based in Harrison has offered to pay to move the remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest — who served as the first Grand Wizard of the KKK — from a Memphis park to property the group owns in Harrison.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014 - 13:35:00

Columbus ship replicas docking in LR on Wednesday

Accurate replicas of the Nina and Pinta, two of the three ships Christoper Columbus sailed over the ocean blue back in 1492, will be docking in Little Rock's Julius Breckling Riverfront Park on Wednesday afternoon. They'll be open for tours from Thursday, Oct. 9, until their departure on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 09:07:00

'America the Beautiful': the back story

One of the most amusing angles to the conservative outrage at the feel-good Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial in which "American the Beautiful" is sung in foreign tongues (and by a gay couple) is the biography of Katharine Lee Bates, who wrote the song.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 13:55:00

Friday event honors civil rights icon Bayard Rustin at Templars Center

Bayard Rustin, organizer of the March on Washington and one of the unsung heroes of the civil rights movement of the 1950's and '60's — largely whitewashed from history because he was openly gay — will be celebrated at a free event on Friday evening at Little Rock's Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, "Champions of Justice: Celebrating the Life and Times of Bayard Rustin."

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 18:19:05

New state historian chosen

Dr. Lisa Speer, an Arkansas native who has been director of special collections at Southeast Missouri State University, has even named the new state historian.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 13:10:47

Seven historic sites worth saving

The Historic Preservation Alliance has released its annual list of endangered properties. It includes historic houses in Benton, Pine Bluff and Little Rock (one being the Packet House, which may be saved by a pending proposal to develop a restaurant there); a cemetery; a Civil War battlefield, and more.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 16:21:18

Huckabee's latest huckstering: History

For the sucker born every minute, Mike Huckabee has a get-rich scheme a minute. Thanks to a tipster for news of a new Huckabee enterprise.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 09:50:04

The facts on 'historian' David Barton

Mike Huckabee has said the American people should be "forced at gunpoint" to listen to David Barton, "the single best historian in America today."

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 06:23:40

Mount Holly Cemetery wall damaged

Anne Orsi, a member of the Mount Holly Cemetery Association, writes to tell me a vehicle crashed three times Wednesday morning into the historic cemetery's wall along Broadway.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 06:22:08

UCA prof's tribute to Union soldiers

I start the morning with congratulations for Lorien Foote, an associate professor of history at the University of Central Arkansas, who's a finalist for the Lincoln Prize, awarded to scholarly works on Abraham Lincoln, for her book "The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Violence, Honor, and Manhood in the Union Army." in Here in David O. Dodd land, where an annual full-page tribute to the traitorous R.E. Lee remains a popular feature of the state's largest newspaper, Foote treads into dangerous (or at least locally unexplored) territory: Foote's book examines the conflict with the Union army over ideals of manhood — whether men needed to be moral, have honor, be genteel, or display strength and aggressiveness.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 09:10:03

Nobody tell Loy Mauch about this

From the thank-God-for-Mississippi Dept. Confederate sympathizers are trying to get a commemorative license plate in honor of Rebel general and KKK leader Nathan Bedford Forrest.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 16:14:27

Still time, barely

For all those who've put off going to the "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" exhibit at the Arkansas Studies Institute, stop putting off.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 11:23:33

Take the train

A local steamhead has written in to seek help in winning the vote to have a special Union Pacific excursion train come to Little Rock.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 12:04:00

Lincoln gives papers to Butler Center UPDATE

Blanche Lincoln is giving her senatorial papers to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studiesat of the Central Arkansas Library System.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010 - 14:58:37

Plan your Civil War parties now

Rob Moritz at Stephens Media has rounded up some of the events that will be part of the Arkansas observation of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 10:45:42

Sitting Bull: Hero or villain?

Our many history buffs should like this story. President Obama has apparently stirred up Fox News and similar by including Sitting Bull among an eclectic group of 13 people to whom he pays tribute for traits he sees in his own children.

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