Dig Into Arkansas History at ‘Behind the Big House’ Workshop

Preserve Arkansas is bringing back its “Behind the Big House” workshop for round two on March 29 and 30. 

Preserve Arkansas is partnering with the Arkansas Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Historic Arkansas Museum, inviting guests to take a step back in time to learn about slaves’ living quarters and the people who inhabited them. 

On Friday, March 29, participants are invited to an evening of libations as they rotate through three stations on Historic Arkansas Museum grounds. Each station will have a sampling of the cuisine that enslaved Arkansans ate during the Antebellum period.

The evening will also include talks from experts about slavery and race in Arkansas. Guests have the option to end the night sleeping in the Brownlee Kitchen and in tents on museum grounds with Joseph McGill, founder of the South Carolina-based Slave Dwelling Project.

A full morning of programming will take place on Saturday, March 30, inside the Museum’s Ottenheimer Theater with additional presentations by Jobie Hill with Saving Slave Houses and Felicia Richardson and Maggie Speck-Kern. The group will also visit the Butler Center of Arkansas Studies for a genealogy workshop led by Rhonda Stewart.

The workshop will take place Friday from 5:30-8:45 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Historic Arkansas Museum.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not necessary, but those planning to spend the night on Friday should RSVP by email. Educators can receive three professional development credit hours for participating in the workshop.

For more information and the full schedule, call (501) 372-4757 or visit the Preserve Arkansas website.

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