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  • 30 Jul 2020 7:36 PM | Josh Williams (Administrator)

    Rivers, Roads, and Rails,

    Connecting Arkansas’s Past to the Present

    Transportation played a crucial role in developing the Arkansas we know and interpret as Living Historians today. These tangible systems that link one place to another also serve as a reminder to reflect on how we as an institution connect our resources to the visiting public. Are the systems we have in place allowing a smooth and enjoyable experience for the visitor? What hazards could we as institutions better navigate to better connect the past to the present?

     The Arkansas Living History Association  seeks proposals for workshops, sessions, panels, and presentations for the 2021 Conference. To submit a proposal, please download the proposal form below. Attach additional sheets if necessary.  Submissions will be accepted by mail or email.  All presenters are expected to register for the full meeting or the day on which they present.

    Download Call for Session Form

    Deadline for submitting proposals is

    November 1, 2020

  • 20 Apr 2019 10:00 AM | Chris Adams (Administrator)

    Battle of Fayetteville Commemorative planned Itinerary Saturday, April 20th, 2019. The event is free.

    10:00 a.m. Flag Presentation with honor guard, Proclamation by Fayetteville Mayor
    Lioneld Jordon, cannon firing
    10:30 a.m. Musket demonstration – Federal reenactors
    11:00 a.m. Musket demonstration – Confederate reenactors
    11:30 a.m. Artillery demonstration – 1 st Arkansas Mountain Artillery
    12:00 p.m. Musket demonstration – Federal reenactors
    12:30 p.m. Concert of Period Brass Band music – NWA Heritage Brass Ensemble
    1:00 p.m. Program – Fayetteville in the Civil War and the Battle of Fayetteville – speaker TBA
    1:30 p.m. Artillery demonstration - 1 st Arkansas Mountain Artillery
    2:00 p.m. Musket demonstration – Confederate reenactors
    2:30 p.m. Musket demonstration – Federal reenactors
    3:00 p.m. Artillery demonstration - 1 st Arkansas Mountain Artillery
    3:30 p.m. Program – Lt. Harrison (Robert Kroening) remembers followed by the reading
    of the names of those killed in the battle. This to be followed by a volley of musketry
    and the cannon followed by taps to conclude the program around 4 p.m.
    Also during the day: Living historians will share with guests about camp life, the 1st
    Arkansas Union Calvary, civilian life in Fayetteville, Signup table for students to be
    drilled with wooden rifles in either army. Music by the Holmes Brigade camp band.
    Relic displays and Headquarters House open for tours.

    If you are interested in helping out, please contact the program chair, Jim Spillars at

  • 2 Mar 2019 10:00 AM | Chris Adams (Administrator)

    We hope you will please join us for “Territorial Days,” the Delta Cultural Center’s commemorative celebration of the bi-centennial of the “Arkansaw” Territory. It is an outdoor event that will include arts and crafts, living history re-creations, musical performances, traditional games, dancing, and shooting of period firearms. It will take place Saturday, March 2 from 10AM-3PM on the commons across from our Visitors’ Center (141 Cherry Street, Helena, AR 72342).

    In honor of the War of 1812 veterans who settled and/or exchanged their land warrants for Arkansas’s Delta wetlands, we have commissioned the Clemson’s Company, the 1st U.S. Infantry re-enactors to set up a camp. They will re-enact camp discipline, medical treatment, drill, and fire off their flintlock pistols and muskets and cannon. Their fife player and drummer will play tunes used in military formation and others popular during the era.  The captain also will present on the daily life of a soldier during the war.

    Staff from Arkansas Post National Memorial will also have a presence demonstrating life at a remote trading post complete with the inter-cultural exchange that unfolded at the site. Also visitors can engage with a replica antebellum keelboat, native animals brought by the Natural Educational Company of the Mid-South, and different human cultures such Native American games/music and the African inspired dance. Additional activities are reflected on the flyer, please review. Thank you!

    Attached is a basic flyer, identifying the line-up of the event and a few activities. Territorial Days_Final Flyer.pdf

    Drew Ulrich


    Delta Cultural Center

    a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage

    141 Cherry St. |  Helena, AR 72342


    office: 870.338.4350

    fax: 870.338.4358




    Sponsored by Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

  • 19 Feb 2019 4:48 PM | Chris Adams (Administrator)

    To all ALHA Members,

    This year the National Association of Living History Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) conference will take place on June 8-12, 2019 at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, Ontario, Canada. You MUST have an up-to-date passport to attend this conference. More information can be found at Fellowships are also provided by ALHFAM at this same link. You must be an ALHFAM member to apply.

    ALHA provides one fellowship for a member to attend this conference to help cover registration and travel expenses for a total of $600. Applications for the fellowship are being taken until Friday, March 29. Please send the following information to Aaron Loehndorf at

    •          Reason for wanting to attend
    •          Reason for needing assistance
    •          Current area of study (student) or current position of work
    •          Year in school or work position

  • 25 Jan 2019 4:53 PM | Josh Williams (Administrator)

    The Early Bird Registration deadline has been extended to Monday, January 28 and also the Conference Hotel rate. Don't miss this great opportunity to attend a great conference. Register by going to the events tab at

    Also all Friday workshops will include a lunch if you are attending a workshop.

    For the Saturday tours, the Plantation/Toltec Tour has 11 more spots available and the National Guard/Jacksonville Tour has 5 spots left. First come first serve.   A new tour option has been added to tour historic brewery's of Little Rock with Past ALHA President Ian Beard. If you would like to change your selection please contact Joleen Linson at

  • 16 Jan 2019 3:09 PM | Josh Williams (Administrator)

    The ALHA/SEALHFAM Conference will soon be here on February 22-24, 2018. Several of you I hope are interested in completing your next level of certification. The certification review committee will meet at the conference to review presentations for Journeyman and Masters level. For initial review of your packet to make sure all items are there, please mail your application packet to the following address by February 1. You may also email a scanned version if you would like to

    Historic Washington State Park

    Attn: Josh Williams

    PO Box 129

    Washington, AR 71862

    For more information on the certification process and packet log in to the ALHA website and go to

  • 16 Jan 2019 3:08 PM | Josh Williams (Administrator)

    We are at that time of year again and we have positions up for election. If you would like to help ALHA grow and become better now is your chance. We need new leaders to step up to help the organization to continue to grow and become better for the living history community. If you would like to be nominated for a position or know someone else that does send an email to Tess Kidd, Chair of the Nominations Committee at by February 1. The following positions are up for election this year.



    Central Arkansas Representative

    Southwest Arkansas Representative

    Please consider helping the organization continue fulfilling its mission of improving the field of living history in Arkansas.

  • 26 Oct 2018 1:14 PM | Josh Williams (Administrator)

    The deadline for proposals for the 2019 ALHA/SEALHFAM Conference has been extended to Friday, November 2. If you have a session or workshop you would like to do send it in by next Friday. Click here for the form.

  • 5 Sep 2018 11:54 AM | Chris Adams (Administrator)

    Hello all,

    Geoff Havens of Davidsonville HSP and I are planning a big living history event in March 2019 to celebrate the bicentennial of Arkansas Territory. I’m interested in having some animals present since the history of hogs and cattle in this area runs deep.

    Are any of you aware of someone who raises heritage breed hogs or cattle who might be willing to participate in the event? It’s going to be a 2-day affair held in Davidsonville park. If you have any leads or suggestions, I’d greatly appreciate your help! Please email me at :

    Thank you,

    Meredith McFadden, MLIS

    Archival Manager

    Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

    Arkansas State Archives

    117th St.  |  P.O. Box 44  |  Powhatan, AR 72458

    office: 870.878.6521 

  • 29 Aug 2018 4:01 PM | Chris Adams (Administrator)

    Davidsonville Historic State Park is looking for living historians to interpret areas of Territorial Arkansas (1815-1830) that interest them and for historic crafters to sell their wares or just to demonstrate their craft. The Territorial Fest will be held March 1st and 2nd, 2019. The first day will be for schools and the second day for the general public. They do anticipate having Grant funding to aid in any expenses that arise. If interested, please contact Geoffrey Havens at (870)- 892-4708 or email

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