an image from 'V.I.T.A.L.' by Rex Deloney

2nd Friday Art Night

Friday, June 10, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Arkansas Studies Institute Gallery

Join us for the opening of two exhibitions:

The Art of Robin Tucker — Tucker's realist artwork celebrates nature by depicting flowers, stones, and animals.

V.I.T.A.L .(Visual Images That Affect Lives) Artist Collective — this exhibition showcases a mix of artwork by some of Arkansas's most exciting contemporary artists, including Melverue Abraham, Rex Deloney, LaToya Hobbs, Ariston Jacks, Kalari Turner, and Micheal Worsham.

For more information, call 501-320-5790.

artwork by Leroy Donald

Hello Folly! A Brief History of the Farkleberry Follies

Thursday, June 16, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Darragh Center, Main Library
100 Rock St.

The Butler Center will celebrate the opening of the Leroy Donald Collection with a screening of Hello Folly! A Brief History of the Farkleberry Follies and a panel discussion with Farkleberry Follies skit creators Craig Douglass and Bill Lancaster. The Farkleberry Follies was a program of political satire produced in alternating years by the Society of Professional Journalists. Leroy Donald was the creative genius behind the program.

For more information, click here »

Encyclopedia of Arkansas

Encyclopedia of Arkansas Celebrates Five Years

The online Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture (EOA) celebrates its five-year anniversary on May 2. Since its launch five years ago, the EOA has surpassed all initial goals for number of text/media entries.

A project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System, the EOA is the only state encyclopedia in the nation developed by a library system.

For more information, click here »

finding family facts

Finding Family Facts

Every second Monday
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Arkansas Studies Institute, Room 204
401 President Clinton Ave.

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past.

For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

an image from the rowher japanese american internment camp collection

The Butler Center Receives Rohwer Japanese American Internment Camp Collection

Rosalie Gould of McGehee has donated her remarkable collection of artwork and other materials from the World War II-era Japanese American internment camp at Rohwer to the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System. There were 10 such camps around the country, most in the western U.S. Two were in Arkansas, at Jerome and Rohwer. The collection includes several hundred paintings and other works of art produced by U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who were interned during World War II.

To read more about this collection, click here »

The Butler Center

arkansas studies institute building

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), was created in 1997 through an endowment by the late Richard C. Butler Sr. for the purpose of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture.

The research collections and offices are located in the Arkansas Studies Institute (ASI) at 401 President Clinton Ave, located on the Main Library campus in the River Market. The ASI is a partnership between CALS and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, through which the two institutions have made more than 10 million documents and photographs on Arkansas history available for public use.

Research Room

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5700
Email: arkinfo@cals.org

Art Galleries

Mon.-Sat.: 9am-6pm
Phone: 501.320.5790
Fax: 501.537.4559

Butler Center Offices

Mon.-Fri.: 9am-5pm
Phone: 501.320.5754
Fax: 501.537.4559

Mailing Address

The Butler Center
Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR  72201

Street Address

The Butler Center
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR  72201

Preserve Arkansas History — Donate Today!

Thank you for helping us to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture. You may designate your contribution for one of the specific Butler Center endowment funds listed below, or you may make a general donation to either the Butler Center. Your donation is tax deductible under 170 (c) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. **Please note: The Butler Center is a department of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS). Any response or confirmation related to your contribution may arrive with CALS logos or insignia, but your donation will be applied to the Butler Center fund of your choice.

To make a secure, online donation:

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Special Notes or Honoraria




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Please contact Jackie Patel or Dawn Perry at 501-918-3000 if you have any questions about online donations.

To make a donation by check:

Please print this donation form, fill it out and mail it with your check to:

Attn: Susan Hill Gelé
Central Arkansas Library System
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR 72201.

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2nd
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Finding Family Facts

The Butler Center offers a beginner's genealogy class the second Monday of every month, taught by Rhonda Stewart, the Butler Center's local history and genealogy expert. Participants will learn how to use online databases and city directories, as well as how to archive family documents. Jump-start your genealogy research with this fun and creative way to learn about the past. For more information, contact the Butler Center at 501-320-5700.

Arkansas Studies Institute Galleries, Room 204
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Mar

11

Jun

25

on view now

Norwood Creech: Selected Works from the Northeastern Arkansas Delta

Arkansas Studies Institute, Mezzanine Gallery

Mar

31

May

27

on view now

Crossroads: Rural Healthcare in America

The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, along with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, will sponsor Crossroads: Rural Healthcare in America, The Mississippi Delta. The opening of the photography exhibit will be Thursday, March 31, 5 to 8 p.m. in Concordia Hall at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Crossroads, a Vision Project Production, is a story of doctors, nurses, community organizers, and patients who are part of an innovative and well-planned healthcare network in the Mississippi Delta. The photography portion of the project will be on display at the Arkansas Studies Institute while the Clinton School of Public Service will host the film screening and public forum Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 3 p.m. in Sturgis Hall.

Arkansas Studies Institute, Concordia Hall Gallery

May

13

Jul

30

on view now

AAE State Youth Art Show 2011

Organized by the Arkansas Art Educators and the Arkansas Department of Education. The Arkansas Art Educators State Youth Art Show 2011 is composed of the Best of Show winners from art competitions held in seven different regions of the state: northwest, northeast, central, east, south, southeast, and west. The artwork was created by talented students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The exhibition is a partnership between the Arkansas Art Educators and the Arkansas Department of Education. The Arkansas Art Educators is made up of art teachers from all over the state who work with the Arkansas Department of Education to provide teachers with high-quality in-service training and to promote student art in the state.

A student award ceremony will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2011, in the Arkansas Studies Institute Main Gallery.

Arkansas Studies Institute, Main Gallery

Jun

10

Aug

27

V.I.T.A.L .(Visual Images That Affect Lives) Artist Collective

This exhibition showcases a mix of artwork by some of Arkansas's most exciting contemporary artists, including Melverue Abraham, Rex Deloney, LaToya Hobbs, Ariston Jacks, Kalari Turner, and Micheal Worsham.

Arkansas Studies Institute, Concordia Hall

Jun

10

Aug

27

Robin Tucker

This exhibition of realist artwork by Robin Tucker celebrates nature by depicting flowers, stones, and animals.

Arkansas Studies Institute, Atrium Gallery

Jun

16

Hello Folly! A Brief History of the Farkleberry Follies

The Butler Center will celebrate the opening of the Leroy Donald Collection with a screening of Hello Folly! A Brief History of the Farkleberry Follies and a panel discussion with Farkleberry Follies skit creators Craig Douglass and Bill Lancaster. The Farkleberry Follies was a program of political satire produced in alternating years by the Society of Professional Journalists. Leroy Donald was the creative genius behind the program.

For more information, click here »

6:30 p.m.
Darragh Center, Main Library

Jul

8

Sep

30

Renee Williams: New Works

Arkansas Studies Institute, Mezzanine Gallery

Aug

12

Oct

1

Woodworkers from the Arkansas Arts Center

Arkansas Studies Institute, Main Gallery