Behind the scenes of war epic

People from Arkansas can hold their own with the best of Hollywood.
That’s what Dr. Gregory Urwin, a military historian and professor, and his 13 recruits set out to prove when they traveled to Jekyll Island, Georgia to help film the Civil War epic Glory, which Urwin was an extra in.
“Thank you for letting me tell [...]

Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Adds Podcasts To Website

Little Rock – Arkansas Civil War historical podcasts are now available online on the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission website.

“These first podcasts deal with some of the issues surrounding Arkansas’s secession from the Union and how the people of the state felt about them,” stated ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree.
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Pea Ridge Civil War Museum Transforms Through Renovations (with video)

Nearly 150 years ago, one of the most pivotal civil war battles was fought right in Northwest Arkansas
Each year thousands of people pay tribute to those who fought at the battle of Pea Ridge, but for the past few weeks the park’s museum has gone through major renovations.
“We’ve gone from 1963 technology to 2010 technology,” [...]

Pea Ridge National Military Park reopening set after $1 million in renovations, expansion

Pea Ridge National Military Park in northwest Arkansas is set to reopen following $1 million in renovations and expansion.
The changes that will be seen when the park reopens Thursday more than double the museum space and includes interactive exhibits and life-size depictions of soldiers.
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Fort Smith Museum of History preps for 100-year anniversary

For 100 years, the Fort Smith Museum of History has been the time capsule for Fort Smith’s rich and colorful heritage. This cultural center celebrates its centennial this year beginning with a Feb. 12 Mardi Gras fundraiser, which kicks-off a 10-month series of events and exhibits.
The museum offers permanent and traveling exhibits and programs, and [...]

Vilonia students learn Arkansas’ role in Civil War

Daniel Cockrell, a youth education coordinator with The Department of Arkansas Heritage, told fifth-graders at Vilonia Elementary School that the movie “Gone with the Wind,” set in the South around the time of the Civil War, is fictional.
“It’s not real world stuff,” Cockrell said. “Women weren’t generally wearing freshly laundered hoop skirts but instead tattered [...]

A stolen Civil War tombstone ends up in Missouri and finds its way back to AR through Facebook

For years, people have surfed the web and social networking sites to find missing persons or long lost loved ones
Well, Isaiah Hine probably never imagined how Facebook would bring several people from different states together, 123 years after his death.
In Oct. 2009, police confiscated a tombstone from a yard in Missouri.  A search began for [...]

Civil War Commission inviting sponsors for historical markers

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission (ACWSC) invites groups and organizations around the state to sponsor a historical marker telling how the Civil War affected their area, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree said this week as he announced the new Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker Program.
“The Commission is urging local groups around the state to [...]

Sponsors sought for Civil War historical markers

The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is inviting groups and organizations around the state to sponsor historical markers telling how the Civil War affected their area.
Chairman Tom Dupree said today the commission will contribute up to $1,000 toward the creation of the markers through the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Historical Marker Program, which received initial [...]

Hike Revisits Uncivil Battle

A windshield tour of Pea Ridge National Military Park is how most visitors see the Civil War battlefield where muskets and cannons roared during the Battle of Pea Ridge.
Hikers on two feet enjoy a longer, more detailed look at the national park, including forests, meadows and a hidden lake that visitors on the seven-mile auto [...]