HELENA-WEST HELENA – The reenactment of the Battle of Helena was held a few weeks ago, but plans are underway to observe the 150th anniversary on the actual date of the battle, July 4. Activities will take place at several sites around town.
The day’s activities will begin with a first light viewing from Confederate Memorial Park at 4:30 a.m. The event will commemorate the beginning of the Battle of Helena, which was plagued with confusion that resulted in hundreds of Confederate casualties. The confusion centered around different interpretations of the order to attack at “daylight.” The park is located just south of the Moore-Hornor House on Beech Street. Participants are asked to bring their own seating and flashlights.
Civil War reenactors will be on site at Fort Curtis and the Moore-Hornor House from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to talk about the battle. They will also demonstrate how to load a cannon on the grounds of the Moore-Hornor House. In addition, a slideshow of the Battle of Helena reenactment will be showing at the Moore-Hornor House and tours of the house will be conducted.
From 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. the reenactors will conduct hands-on activities for youngsters at the DCC Visitors Center. These will include a demonstration on how to make a bullet. Coffee will be used instead of gunpowder!
The inspirational family film, “The Light of Freedom,” will be shown in the Delta Sounds room of the Visitors Center from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. The film focuses on the Underground Railroad, and promises to educate and entertain as it encourages the audience to stand for the freedom of every person. More information about the movie can be found at http://thelightoffreedommovie.com
The DCC Depot and Visitors Center will be open for visitors from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Visitors are reminded of the Civil War exhibit on the upper floor at the Depot.
All events are free and open to the public.
For more information, interested persons can call the Delta Cultural Center at (870) 338-4350 or toll free at (800) 358-0972 or visit the DCC online at www.deltaculturalcenter.com.
The Delta Cultural Center shares the vision of all seven agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage – to preserve and promote Arkansas heritage as a source of pride and satisfaction. Other agencies within the department are the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Arts Council, and the Natural Heritage Commission.