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Territorial Arkansas: The Wild Western Frontier, a traveling exhibit that tells the story of Arkansas Territory, will be displayed at Hot Springs National Park in the Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center on May 17 through June 19, 2019, from 9 am until 5 pm daily. The traveling exhibit explores the history of Arkansas Territory through the collections of the Arkansas State Archives and their branch archives.
On March 2, 1819, President James Monroe signed a congressional act that established Arkansas Territory. The new territory was initially wild frontier, but had an influx of settlers who established small communities and isolated homesteads. Territorial and county governments were set up, businesses opened, and workers of various trades moved to the territory to help it flourish. Initially Arkansas Territory included what is now Oklahoma, but through changes in boundary lines and the relocation of Native Americans further and further west, the territory’s land was reduced to its present size in 1828. After 17 years as a territory, Arkansas was admitted to the Union on June 15, 1836, as the 25th state.
Dr. Wendy Richter, the Arkansas State Archives’ Director stated, “Created to commemorate the Bicentennial of Arkansas Territory, this exhibit allows us to bring the incredible Arkansas Territory resources of the Arkansas State Archives to local communities throughout the state.”
For more information about the exhibit at the Fordyce Bathhouse Visitor Center, call (501) 620-6715, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.nps.gov/hosp. To schedule an exhibit at your institution or learn more about the Arkansas State Archives and its collections visit archives.arkansas.gov. ... See MoreSee Less