Arkansas Museums

Mid-America Science Museum Casey Wylie Diane LaFollette
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The Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs was one of 10 museums and libraries nationwide honored during a ceremony Wednesday at the White House. It received a medal for community service, which is the highest award given to such institutions in the U.S.

In particular, Janelle Brevard with the Institute of Museum and Library Services touted the work of former volunteer and employee Casey Wylie as the award was presented.

A fountain outside the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock.
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Backers of a bond issue to revamp the Arkansas Arts Center and also the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and MacArthur Park launched their campaign Tuesday. Revenue from a two-cent hotel tax was passed by city officials last November for renovations and will be pledged to $37.5 million in bonds if passed in a special election February 9.

Gary Smith chairs the Committee For Arts and History behind the campaign effort. He told onlookers at the Arts Center that upgrades are in need.

Hoga
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The Hoga, a World War II tugboat, became the newest addition to the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum Monday, two weeks before the 74th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Ship horns greeted the arrival of the boat, officially classified a Navy yard tug. “That is our honorary submarine welcoming our lovely tugboat,” said Allison Hibblong, the museum’s director of operations.

Rendering of U.S. Marshals Museum
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Officials with the U.S. Marshals Museum have increased the budget to market new commemorative coins designed to raise money for the facility in Fort Smith.

The museum's finance committee voted Tuesday to increase the coin budget from $35,000 to $112,400. The three commemorative coins from the U.S. Mint are set to go on sale next year.

The Southwest Times Record reports that the increased budget will provide more money for advertising and promotion of the coins. The three coins mark the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service.

U.S. Marshals Museum To Break Ground In Fort Smith

Sep 22, 2014
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Ground will be broken Wednesday in Fort Smith for the long-anticipated U.S. Marshals Museum. The Western Arkansas city was chosen out of a sixteen city national competition.

This groundbreaking ceremony coincides with the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Marshals Service, an appropriate match considering Fort Smith is a venerated place in the Service’s history.

Jim Dunn is president and CEO of the museum. He said the decision was made by the US Marshals Service Director, John Clark.  

Several Arkansas residents are being honored for their work to preserve cemetery markers.

The Association for Gravestone Studies is to present merit awards on Thursday to University of Arkansas at Little Rock Professor Johanna Miller Lewis and UA-Fayetteville Professor Kimball Erdman.

They're being honored for preserving the cemetery at the former Japanese internment camp at Rohwer in southeast Arkansas.

Carla Hines Coleman and Tamela Tenpenny-Lewis are receiving the same award for efforts to preserve African-American cemeteries.

Little Rock Museums Host Big Boo Bash Thursday Night

Oct 24, 2013

The 18th annual Big Boo-seum Bash will take place Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It's being hosted by the Greater Little Rock Museum Consortium and hosted by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.

There will be games, story-telling, candy, and fun. The event will be held at nine different museums in Little Rock.

National Historic Sites Reopen Across Arkansas

Oct 17, 2013

Hundreds of federal employees who work at agencies across Arkansas returned to their jobs Thursday, after being furloughed.

Some workers, particularly those who oversee National Park Service sites in the state, had been off the job for 16 days due to the partial government shutdown.

Marshals Museum Switches To Larger Parcel

Sep 11, 2013
U.S. Marshals Museum
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The U.S. Marshals Museum that's to be built in Fort Smith is to go up at a new, larger site.

Museum board members on Tuesday approved the change, which will double the land available for the facility. 

The museum will still be built downtown along the Arkansas River and the organization is still getting the land for no charge. Developer Bennie Westphal agreed to donate the original parcel and is also donating the new site.

U.S. Marshals Museum
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The U.S. Marshals Museum planned for Fort Smith has received a $2 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

The $50 million museum plans to break ground Sept. 24, 2014 - the 225th anniversary of when President George Washington established the marshals.

A commemorative coin honoring marshals will also go on sale then, too. Organizers said last month they expect coin sales to bring in $5 million.

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