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Arkansas Statehood 1836 (Little Rock, AR)

  • Old State House Museum 300 W Markham St Little Rock, AR, 72201 United States (map)

Arkansas Heritage offers once again its very exciting (and popular) living history event: "Statehood 1836". This event transports visitors back to the year 1836, when Little Rock, AR was a bustling town filled with hopeful travelers, pioneers, professionals - and some  worrisome characters. 

Visitors will receive a packet of information with their character name, slight background, and a mission to complete in this year 1836. On their day in 1836, the visitors will have to interact with many other professionals or persons to complete their 'mission'.

In the 1836 scenario, Silhouettes By Hand is a silhouette artist (dressed in 1836 clothing) who traveled from Baltimore MD (a big city compared to the new Little Rock) to help these new residents establish their lives, since photography has just been invented in France - and not yet used in the growing United States of America. How did a silhouette artist from the East Coast travel all the way to Arkansas (hint: it's easier in 1836 to take boats, since there are no cross-country roads yet)?

The event is filled with dozens of excellent reenactors as well as careful planning to offer visitors an exciting immersive experience into their own past.

The event takes place at both the Old State House Museum, and at the Historic Arkansas Museum just a few blocks away.