Civil War Roundtable of the Delta

Civil War Roundtable of the Delta

The Delta Cultural Center in Helena announces the first Civil War Roundtable of the Delta program for 2016. This series brings in expert speakers to talk on a variety of topics relating to the Civil War in the Delta. Renowned Civil War scholar Ronnie A. Nichols will start the series off on Monday, February 22, with a program entitled, “Freedom’s War: The Civil War in the Arkansas Delta and the Struggle of People of African Descent: 1862:1866”. The Civil War Roundtable of the Delta programs are held at Beth El Heritage Hall from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., and are free and open to the public.
Nichols, a descendent of a black Civil War veteran, is well-respected for his knowledge of America’s Civil War and the role of soldiers of African descent. He has demonstrated his knowledge and skills by serving as a technical advisor in the production of the motion picture, “Glory,” which one four Academy Awards. Nichols’ work and involvement on blacks in the Civil War has appeared in U.S. News and World Report, The Civil War Times, as well as National Park Service publications.
A native of Little Rock, Nichols has an extensive background in the museum field, having served as director of audience development at the Arkansas Arts Center, director of the Delta Cultural Center, and director of the Arkansas Commemorative Commission, which consists of the Old State House Museum and Trapnall Hall in Little Rock. Under his leadership a $4.5 million renovation project was implemented at the Old State House.
In 1997, Nichols organized and founded the Arkansas Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. He is owner of Nichols Consulting, providing planning, research and technical services in Civil War, military history, and African American history for films, publications and public program.
The Arkansas Historical Association presented Nichols with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 “for his vision and contributions to the study and preservation of Arkansas’s African-American and Civil War history.”
Future dates for the Civil War Roundtable are May 23, August 22 and November 28. More information on these programs will be available at a later date.
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.