The grant, given for the project, “The Essence of Arkansas: Using Archival Records to Document Arkansas’s Culture,” will support the funding of programs and events throughout 2016.
Each year, the History Commission hosts a variety of free programs and events for the public. This year’s events include “African American Arts in Arkansas,” “The Roots of German Foodways in Arkansas,” “Using Archival Records to Save Historic Structures,” “Arkansas’s Home Run: The History of Major League Training in Hot Springs,” and an Arkansas Folk Music Legends workshop.
Dr. Lisa K. Speer, Director of the Arkansas History Commission said of the grant award, “We are so grateful to the Arkansas Humanities Council for its continued support. This funding allows us to offer a wide variety of free, quality public programs that we otherwise would not have the funding to do on our modest state appropriation. I am particularly excited about the diversity of our 2016 public programs, which will explore a variety of aspects of Arkansas culture including food, music and sports. I think we’ll have something to offer everyone.”
The Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, located in Little Rock, is the official state archives of Arkansas and maintains the largest collection of historical materials on Arkansas in the world.