LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas. Since 2009, the Arkansas History Center at Little Rock (UA) has been collecting artifacts to tell the story of Arkansas.
They partner with the Arkansas Central Library System.
Inside the warehouse, there is an impressive collection of boxes on boxes from Arkansas history.
Chief Executive Jess Porter says history ranges from Congress to civil rights to the Civil War and beyond.
“We like to have something that helps tell the story of Arkansas,” Porter said.
The center gets its history thanks to donations.
In many cases, the donations they receive are out of date, and in order to tell their story, the items must work to sustain their value.
Assistant director Laura McClellan says they have a few devices for that.
For example, a floppy disk reader and software for transferring old cassettes or news releases to modern technology for everyone to access.
McClellan says, “If you want to learn about your ancestors or learn about the future, this is the place to do it in Arkansas.”
The center is currently working on a project called Mapping Urban Fracture.
McClellan says the project will provide a glimpse into Little Rock and how it has changed over time.
She says the project is expected to be completed by 2024, but the Arkansas History Preservation Project has never been completed.
“We want people not only from Arkansas, but people from all over the world to be able to come and see or come virtually to learn more about Arkansas.”
All materials are publicly available at UALR.edu.
To do this in person, you must make an appointment at least two full business days in advance to have the requested material ready for viewing.