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Arkansas Celebrates 175th Birthday

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The Old State House Museum will mark Arkansas's 175th Birthday with two events on Saturday, June 11, 2011 and Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

To observe the 175th anniversary of Arkansas statehood, the Old State House Museum and Historic Arkansas Museum are recreating life in 1836 Arkansas with a joint living history event, "175 Years of Arkansas Statehood" on Saturday, June 11, 2011. The fun will begin at the Historic Arkansas Museum with living history demonstrations highlighting everyday life in Little Rock at the time of statehood. Visitor can participate in dancing, military drills, and 18th century chores from 9 am to 12 PM.

Admission to the "175 Years of Arkansas Statehood" celebration is free.  For more information regarding this event contact the Old State House Museum, at (501) 324-9685, or visit www.oldstatehouse.com.

1836 Statehood Celebration Schedule:

            Historic Arkansas Museum

9:00 am-12:00 PM – Ongoing living history presentations and demonstrations on the grounds of the Historic Arkansas Museum

  • 9:30 am – Entertainment
  • 10:00 am – Dancing on the grounds
  • 10:30 am – Entertainment
  • 11:00 am – Dancing on the grounds
  • 11:30 am – Entertainment

12:00 PM – Parade from the Historic Arkansas Museum to the Old State House Museum, followed by 26-gun salute and flag raising

            Old State House Museum

1:00 pm-5:00 PM – Ongoing living history presentations and demonstrations

  • 1:00 PM – Methodist Camp Meeting
  • 2:00 PM – Circuit Court Session
  • 3:00 PM – Political speeches and a vote to elect Arkansas officials
  • 4:00 PM – Performance of the play "The Blue Devils
  • 5:00 PM – Event concludes