Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation supports the museum’s mission to communicate the early history of Arkansas and its creative legacy by preserving, interpreting and presenting stories and objects for the education and enjoyment of Arkansans and visitors.

On Nov. 4, the Foundation’s biennial Candlelight Gala invites you to Come to the Table as we celebrate Arkansas foodways – the intersection of food in the culture and tradition of Arkansas – from the Delta to the foothills of the Ozarks. The Gala raises money to purchase Arkansas Made art and objects for the museum’s permanent collection, saving Arkansas’s cultural and creative legacy for all to appreciate long into the future.


Held under a tent on the museum’s grounds, Candlelight Gala guests will enjoy the best of Arkansas’s food heritage, including Jones’ Bar B Q, Rhoda’s Famous Hot Tamales, catfish from Lassis Inn and an all-Arkansas meal by Diamond Chef Mary Beth Ringgold. Live folk music from Northwest Arkansas and blues from the Delta will fill the air as Gala goers bid on unique silent and live auction items, including Arkansas Foodways-inspired experiences.


  • Tickets to the Candlelight Gala can be purchased online at HistoricArkansas.org where you can also find a link to the auction site and start shopping.
  • Not able to come but want to support the museum’s efforts to save Arkansas history? Consider a donation to the Gala. It will all go to purchase Arkansas Made for the museum’s permanent collection.
  • Drop by the museum to see the Hidden Treasure exhibit, which showcases recent acquisitions purchased with funds raised from past Galas, thanks to the generosity of our valued donors.


Delta Getaway
Diamond Earrings
Dinner on the Arkansas River
Supper on the Historic Grounds
Pioneer Cooking Experience
Frontier Birthday Party
Blacksmith Apprentice for the Day

Established: 1941

Employees: 30

Service Area: Arkansans and tourists

Swannee Bennett


Leah Elenzweig
Helen McCumber
Vice President
Paula Guajardo
Paul Parnell

Jane Anne Blakney-Bailey
Lori Burrows
Jordan Carlisle
Jordan Haas
Ed Levy
Mary DeLoney Logan
Robin Loucks
Anne Orsi
Jessica DeLoach Sabin
Hayden Shurgar
Susan Strauss
Mary Stroud Vandiver
Jonathan Q. Warren

200 E. Third St.
Little Rock, AR 72201


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