HAM: Celebrating our state’s past

posted by rexnelson on April 27th, 2016

The history of our state hangs heavily over the Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock. Colorful Arkansans such as Louise Loughborough, Edwin Cromwell and Parker Westbrook have played key roles at this museum through the decades.

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John Gould Fletcher: Part 2

posted by rexnelson on April 22nd, 2016

John Gould Fletcher returned home to Arkansas from England in 1933. The Pulitzer Prize would follow six years later.

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The troubled life of John Gould Fletcher

posted by rexnelson on April 19th, 2016

It’s a safe bet that few people who enter the John Gould Fletcher Library in Little Rock know anything about the man for whom the facility is named.

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The Village Academy Beavers

posted by rexnelson on April 6th, 2016

The Village Academy Beavers live on. It was one of the best pranks in modern Arkansas history.

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Spring in the Spa City

posted by rexnelson on March 24th, 2016

So far, it has been a spring to remember in Hot Springs. During one remarkable 10-day period in March, tens of thousands of people made their way to the city.

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Chris Beard and the UALR Trojan miracle

posted by rexnelson on March 18th, 2016

Not everybody in Little Rock was happy when Chris Beard was hired as the new UALR basketball coach last spring. They wanted Joe Kleine or Darrell Walker. And they took their frustration out on the UALR athletic director, Chasse Conque.

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The breakfast club

posted by rexnelson on March 16th, 2016

Talking politics over breakfast is still a tradition at some spots in Arkansas, although the number of such spots is dwindling as people’s lifestyles change. We visit some of those spots.

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Mr. Downtown Little Rock

posted by rexnelson on March 14th, 2016

Jimmy Moses, the person considered by many to be Mr. Downtown Little Rock, told an interviewer in 2014: “I’d like to keep doing this for another 25 years.” Two years after making that comment, he’s busier than ever.

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The sportswriter

posted by rexnelson on March 11th, 2016

The story of how a former sportswriter came to head the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism.

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The boy from Billstown

posted by rexnelson on March 8th, 2016

Glen Campbell once sang about “Pike County’s sandy loam.” These days, that sandy loam has led to pine plantations, pastures for cattle and a state park where visitors can still search for diamonds.

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