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FINAL 2012 ‘SANDWICHING IN HISTORY’ TOUR TO VISIT TOWER BUILDING IN LITTLE ROCK

 

      LITTLE ROCK–The last Arkansas Historic Preservation Program “Sandwiching in History” tour of 2012 will visit the Tower Building at 323 Center Street in Little Rock on Friday, December 7, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.
 
 
Tower Building, Little Rock

 

      Completed in 1960, the Tower Building was the first skyscraper built in Arkansas after World War II and was the tallest building in the state for almost ten years. The building was the brainchild of Winthrop Rockefeller and a group of developers called the Arkansas Realty Company, who sought to usher the state into the new post-war economy. Designed by Little Rock architect Frank Eugene Withrow and Dallas architect Harold A. Berry, the Tower Building is still the best example of the International style in the capital city with its asymmetrical, unornamented façade of ribbon windows, porcelain enamel panels, and brick. Today the Tower Building remains a premier office building in downtown Little Rock.

      The “Sandwiching in History” tour series targets Pulaski County structures and sites. The noontime series includes a brief lecture and tour of the subject property. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunches with them.

      All tours are free and open to the public. For information, call the AHPP at (501) 324-9880, write the agency at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, send an e-mail message to info@arkansaspreservation.org,  or visitwww.arkansaspreservation.org.

      The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

 

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STATE REVIEW BOARD TO CONSIDER NINE PROPERTIES FOR NOMINATION TO NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES

 

      LITTLE ROCK—The State Review Board of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program will consider nine Arkansas properties for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places when it meets at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5, in room 170 of the Tower Building at 323 Center Street in Little Rock, AHPP Director Frances McSwain announced today.

      Properties to be considered for National Register nomination are:

* North Little Rock Veterans Administration Hospital Historic District at North Little Rock in Pulaski County

* Jewel Bain House #2 at Pine Bluff in Jefferson County

* L.A. Black Rice Milling Association Office at DeWitt in Arkansas County

* University of Central Arkansas Historic District at Conway in Faulkner County

* Dolph Camp, Bussey, and Peace Halls Historic District at Magnolia in Columbia County

* Park Hill at Paris in Logan County

* Wolf Cemetery at Norfork in Baxter County

* Old U.S. 71 Ashdown Segment at Ashdown in Little River County

* Old U.S. 71 Ogden Segment at Ogden in Little River County.

      The board also will consider the Beard House near Rison in Cleveland County and the Draper Cemetery Site near Wynne in Cross County for listing on the Arkansas Register of Historic Places. The Arkansas Register recognizes historically noteworthy places that are not eligible for recognition for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

      For more information on the National Register of Historic Places program, write the AHPP at 1500 Tower Building, 323 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201, call the agency at (501) 324-9880 [TDD 501-324-9811], send e-mail to info@arkansaspreservation.org or visit  www.arkansaspreservation.org.

      The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency that identifies, evaluates, registers and preserves the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Delta Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

 

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ARKANSAS CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL EVENTS FOR DECEMBER 2012 ANNOUNCED

 

      LITTLE ROCK—A re-enactment on the 150th anniversary of the battle of Prairie Grove, lectures and exhibits are among the events the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has sanctioned for December 2012, ACWSC Chairman Tom Dupree announced today. A complete listing of scheduled sesquicentennial activities, as well as additional information on the activities listed below, can be found athttp://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.  

      Among the Civil War sesquicentennial events during December are:

* 150th Anniversary Battle of Prairie Grove Re-Enactment, which will be one of the largest re-enactments during the sesquicentennial commemoration, will be held at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park on December 1 and 2; call (479) 846-2990 or emailprairiegrove@arkansas.com for additional information.

* Old Richmond Cemetery Historical Marker Dedication, unveiling an ACWSC historical marker sponsored by the Little River County Historical Society, will be held at Old Richmond Cemetery in Ashdown on December 2; email Jfinley1949@sbcglobal.net for more information.

* “The Spence Family and the Civil War in 1862,” a Brown Bag Lunch Lecture by Mark Christ of the ACWSC, will be held December 6 at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock; call (501) 324-9685 or email info@oldstatehouse.org for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be on display at the Saline County Library in Benton through December 9; call (501) 778-4766 or emailsperdue@saline.lib.ar.us for more information.

* “The Battle of Prairie Grove,” a lecture by Dr. William Shea, will be presented at the Saline County Library in Benton on December 10; call (501) 778-4766 or emailsperdue@saline.lib.ar.us for more information.

* “Civil War Arkansas, 1861-1865,” the ACWSC traveling exhibit, will be on display at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena from December 17 through January 31; call (870) 338-4350 or email info@deltaculturalcenter.com for more information.

* The Battle of Prairie D’Ane ACWSC historical marker will be dedicated at the T/A Truckstop near Prescott on December 18; email peggy.lloyd@arkansas.gov for more information.

* “Fought in Earnest: Civil War Arkansas,” the Arkansas History Commission’s traveling exhibit, will be on display at the Saline County Library in Benton from December 11 through 22; call (501) 778-4766 or email sperdue@saline.lib.ar.us for more information.

* “The Civil War in Arkansas,” an exhibit at Little Rock’s Historic Arkansas Museum featuring artifacts from its collection, will finish its run on December 31; call (501) 324-9351 or email info@historicarkansas.org for more information.

* “Battle Colors of Arkansas,” highlighting the museum’s battle flag collection, will be on display at the Old State House Museum in Little Rock during December; call (501) 324-9685 or email info@oldstatehouse.org for more information.

         For more information on these and other sesquicentennial events, visithttp://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/events/.     

         The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is housed within the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. The AHPP is the Department of Arkansas Heritage agency responsible for identifying, evaluating, registering and preserving the state’s cultural resources. Other agencies are the Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and the Historic Arkansas Museum.

 

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS!

 

     “Sandwiching in History” Tour of the Tower Building in Little Rock, December 7. Contact Rachel Silva, (501) 324-9788 or Rachels@arkansasheritage.org.

     “Walks Through History” Tour of downtown Prairie Grove, December 15. Contact Rachel Silva, (501) 324-9788 or Rachels@arkansasheritage.org.  

 

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