Old State House Events

October 28, 2011
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Brown Bag Lecture - Arkansas Unionists and the Peace Society

Speaker: James J. Johnston, Author and Historical Researcher

Noon – 1:00 p.m.

FREE Admission – Participants may bring a sack lunch; beverages are provided.

(501) 324-9685      www.oldstatehouse.com

The Peace Society (also known as the Peace and Constitution Society, Pro Bono Society, etc.) was a secret home- and self-protection organization which saw the Confederate government as its major threat. The group was organized in north central Arkansas during the summer of 1861. Its existence was discovered on November 17 in Clinton. Within days all of north central Arkansas was combed to expose members this “secret, oath-bound organization.” Many of those captured were forced into the Confederate Army, which many soon deserted. Others elected to stand trial and were released.

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

Friday, November 11, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.

Historical Theatre Performances – Much ado about Nothing

FREE Admission – Reservations are required

(501) 324-8645 www.oldstatehouse.com

The Old State House Museum Historical Theatre Troupe presents a production of one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. Two wildly different couples, hurtling themselves towards the altar, are the focus of the story: Hero and Claudio, young new lovers, and Beatrice and Benedick, biting and witty. Hilarity ensues as cases of mistaken identity try and thwart the lovers from their intended marriages. The production features an interesting twist: it is set in 1862 Arkansaswhere the Civil War looms but has yet to become the crisis that defines a generation. Please make seat reservations with Brooke Malloy, Brooke@ArkansasHeritage.org, (501) 324-8645.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Living History Event – Life on the Home Front: Fall 1861

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

FREE Admission

(501) 324-9685      www.oldstatehouse.com

The Old State House Museum will recreate life in Arkansas during the first year of the Civil War. Life on the home front will be explored as living historians portray civilians, soldiers, and politicians dealing with the realities of secession and war. Visitors will have an opportunity to experience issues such as shortages and currency instabilities, recruiting soldiers and equipping them, electing representatives and senators for the new Confederate national government in Richmond, dissent and disloyalty to the Confederate cause, and more. Children will also enjoy hands-on activities and old fashioned games.

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