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Ark. organizations receive 2011 Heritage Grants
Ark. organizations receive 2011 Heritage Grants

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A card game, several original plays and a live radio show, workshops, art exhibits and field trips are among the 17 projects that will receive a total of $50,000 in 2011 Heritage Month grants. Sponsored each year by the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the grants support programs and activities planned for Heritage Month in May. Funded events will reflect this year’s theme, Conflict & Consequence: Commemorating the Civil War. Heritage Month grants are supported each year with $50,000 from the Amendment 75 conservation tax fund.

“As we are marking the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the Civil War, Heritage Month 2011 allows all Arkansans to revisit this turning point in history,” said Cathie Matthews, DAH executive director. “The Civil War brought four devastating years to our state in terms of human and economic costs, but it also prompted us to experience a new, unified identity as “Americans” afterwards. Heritage Month events and projects give communities and residents the opportunity to explore how the lessons from the past let us understand our present today.”

The following organizations will receive Heritage Month grants:

Alread Community Resource Development Corp., Clinton, Van Buren County: $2,463 to fund a series of workshops and lectures about Civil War veterans buried in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Pulaski County: $4,538 to exhibit Civil War era art at the Pike-Fletcher-Terry House

DeltaArts, West Memphis, Crittenden County: $4,500 to produce an original play about the Civil War experience in eastern Arkansas

Eureka Springs Downtown Network Inc., Eureka Springs, Carroll County: $4,500 to host a 1-day symposium about the Civil War’s impact on the community

Friends of KLRE/KUAR, Little Rock, Pulaski County: $4,538 to produce a live radio show about Arkansas’s involvement in the Civil War

Friends of the Garland County Library, Hot Springs, Garland County: $2,121 to present a 4-day festival commemorating the Civil War with scholarly lectures, films, exhibits, book discussions and living history re-enactments 

Friends of the Library of Newton County, Jasper, Newton County: $483 to host a 1-day symposium about local cemeteries and burial customs during the Civil War

Friends of the Rogers Historical Museum, Rogers, Benton County: $1,775 to fund a traveling exhibit about the flags associated with the Battle of Pea Ridge

Gardner Magnet School, Hot Springs, Garland County: $3,724 to support Civil War history curriculum development, including text books and field trips, for fourth-grade students

Jackson County Historical Society, Newport, Jackson County: $1,585 to produce a living-history program about a local soldier, his family and community affected by the Civil War

Main Street Helena, Helena, Phillips County: $2,400 to organize driving and walking tours of several Civil War sites, lectures, re-enactments of Civil War events, films, exhibits and contests

Nevada County Depot and Museum, Prescott, Nevada County: $2,522 to purchase/sew period costumes for living history vignettes about the Civil War

Old Independence Regional Museum, Batesville, Independence County: $3,500 to produce a Civil War card game

Pottsville Middle Fourth Graders, Pottsville, Pope County: $413 to re-enact scenes from the Civil War presented by eighth-graders to elementary school students

Save Our History Inc., Harrisburg, Pointsett County: $4,800 to recreate a Civil War era town, along with a troop encampment and a battle re-enactment, for the educational benefit of local sixth-grade middle school students

The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, Hot Springs, Garland County: $1,600 to host a series of visual and performing arts events about the Civil War

Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Washington County: $4,538 to support the production of an original play about the Civil War presented to grade school students throughout Arkansas.

The Department of Arkansas Heritage, through the work of its seven agencies, seeks to recognize the state’s heritage and to enhance Arkansas’s quality of life through the discovery, preservation and presentation of the state’s cultural, natural and historic resources. The agencies are Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.