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The Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial In Arkansas
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Communities, schools, and organizations across Arkansas will commemorate the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase throughout 2003. This calendar is updated frequently, so check back often to see newly scheduled events.
Arkansas Re-Inactors Association,  Colonial Encampment at Arkansas Post, May 2001.

2003 Calendar
Calendar Archive

 
November 1 2002 - November 1, 2003
 
 
January - December 2003
 
The following sites will have Louisiana Purchase exhibits and programming during 2003.
Please contact individual sites for more information:
 
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
Arkansas Post National Memorial
Arkansas State Capitol
City of Brinkley
City of Clarendon
Delta Cultural Center
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Historic Arkansas Museum
Museum of Discovery
Old State House Museum
White River National Wildlife Refuge
   
January 31 - December 31
 
  Exhibit, Filling Up the Canvas: A Voyage Up the Washita, Arkansas Museum of Natural History, Smackover
 
January 24 - June 1, 2003
 
   
 
January 2003
 
28 Lecture Series: Judge Morris Arnold - Smackover  
31 David Parsons Dance Company with the Ahn Trio - Texarkana  
     
Spring 2003
Documentary video debut
 
February 17, - March 17, 2003
Exhibit: Arkansas and the Louisiana Purchase - Bentonville
 
February 2003
 

8

Louisiana Purchase Cajun Style Gala, Brinkley  
20 Lecture Series: Dr. George Sabo - Smackover  
22 Hunter/Dunbar Exhibition Program,
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine

 
21-22 Caddo Conference - Arkadelphia
 
22-23 Arkansas Post Encampment
 
 
March - April 2003
  Greg MacGregor Photographic exhibit - Fort Smith
 
 
March 1- April 11, 2003
  Dunbar and Hunter Expedition to the Hot Springs in 1804 -
Hot Springs
 
 
March 1- May 31, 2003
Exhibit: 3 cents an Acre: The Louisiana Purchase and Western Exploration - Texarkana  
   
March 2003- September 2003
  Programs at Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village, the third Thursday and Saturday of each month.
 
 
March 2003
1-31 Exhibit: Arkansas Before the Louisiana Purchase - Hot Springs
 
1-31 Exhibit and Program: Life in the Wild Woods - Little Rock  
1-31 Exhibit: Archeology of Bright's Trading House and
Montgomery's Tavern - Arkansas Post National Memorial
 
1 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park Program - Clarendon  
4 Program: Louisiana Purchase Archeological Roundtable -
Monticello
 
6 Slide Talk: Jefferson County in the Era of the Louisiana Purchase - Pine Bluff  
8 Workshop: Gourd Workshop - Wilson  
8 Open House: Archeology and the Louisiana Purchase -
Arkansas Tech University
 
10 Slide Talk: Health of the Louisiana Territory's People: Cultural Transitions as Revealed Through Bioarcheology - Bentonville  
11 Slide Talk: Lewis and Clark: Heroes or Villians? - Bentonville  
12 Colloquium: Indians of Colonial Louisiana - Fayetteville
 
12 Lecture: The Amazing Deal: Negotiating and Making the Louisiana Purchase - Bentonville  
12 Slide Talk: Wrecks and Relics of Early Arkansas and Missouri - Arkansas State University  
14 Lecture: Charlotte Hunter, Archeologist - Harrison  
15-16 Early French Arkansas Encampment -
Arkansas Post State Museum
 
15 Ready to Dye - Parkin  
15 Pottery Workshop - Parkin  
16 Living History Program at the Louisiana Purchase Historic Site  
20 Lecture Series: Dr. Trey Berry - Smackover  
26 Colloquium: The Louisiana Purchase: Nationalism, Historical Memory and America's Expansion - Fayetteville  
29 Film: The Forgotten Expedition - Springdale  
29 Flintknapping Workshop - Old Davidsonville  
   
April 21-May 21, 2003
 
  Catlin Prints: A Plains Portfolio
Hot Springs National Visitors Center
 
 
April 15, 2003 - June 22, 2003
 
  Exhibit: Developing the new Louisiana Purchase Lands,
1810s - 1830s Old Independence Regional Museum

 
 
April 2003
 
5 Candle Making - Old Davidsonville  
5 Junior Conquistadors - Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park  
5 Native Americans Before the French -
Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park
 
10 An Evening With Author M.R. Montgomery - Fort Smith  
10 Lecture: "Arkansas Wildflowers -
Louisiana Purchase to Present" - Harrison
 
11-12 Festival, Early Settler Days,
Crowley's Ridge State Park, Paragould

 
17 Lecture: "History of the Louisiana Purchase" - Harrison  
19

Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park program
Louisiana Purchase Frontier Day, Brinkley

19-20 Spanish/Revolutionary Way Encampment -
Arkansas Post State Museum

 
24 Lecture Series: Dr. Tim Knight - Smackover  
24 Lecture: "Indians of the Ozarks 200 Years Ago" - Harrison  
26 Fort Smith Arts Center Exhibit: Charles Banks Wilson
 
28 Private Reception - Fort Smith  
29 Tribal Leaders Speak to Students - Fort Smith  
29 Clay Jenkinson performance - Fort Smith  
   
May 1 - July 19, 2003
 
  Exhibit: Maps & Measurements: the Art of Cartography and the Science of Surveying in Early Arkansas - Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock
 
   
May 1 - August 15, 2003
 
  Exhibit: Meet Me in St. Louis - Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
 
May 3 - December 31, 2003
 
  Colonial Arkansas: Before the Louisiana Purchase -
Historic Arkansas Museum

 
     
May 3, 2003- April 7, 2004
 
  Exhibit, Starting Here - Delta Cultural Center, Helena  
     
May 28 - June 15, 2003
 
  Louisiana Purchase Traveling Exhibit - Clarendon  
     
May 2003
2003
Arkansas Heritage Month
1-12 Louisiana Purchase Traveling Exhibit - Parkin  
1-31 Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Exhibit - Marianna  
1
Clay Jenkinson performance,
Native American symposium; Fort Smith
1 Lecture: "Surveying the Louisiana Purchase" - Harrison  
2 Louisiana Purchase Treaty Exhibit Opening
Old State House Museum

 
3 Cedar Heights Cemetery Illuminated Tour - Marianna  
3 Floating Through History on the Arkansas River -
Lake Dardanelle State Park
 
3 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park Program - Clarendon  
3 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park Program - Clarendon
 
3 Party for the Purchase - Helena  
3 Pottery Firing - Parkin  
3 Primitive Pottery - Old Davidsonville
 
3
Program "Lawrence County and the Louisiana Purchase" Powhatan Courthouse State Park, Powhatan
3 Signature event; Little Rock  
3-4 Mouth of the Cache - Clarendon  
5 2nd Day Issue Cancellation of Lap Commemorative Stamp - Harrison  
7 Guest Speaker: Exploring Arkansas Before the Louisiana Purchase - Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock  
8 Traces of the Past: Arkansas Post State Museum  
9 Crowley's Ridge School Days,
Crowley's Ridge StatePark, Paragould

 
9 Dinah Dunbar, wife of explorer William Dunbar, to visit Parkin  
9 Lee County Living History Vignette - Marianna  
9 Programs, Lake Charles State Park - Powhatan  
7-9 Louisiana Purchase School Days -Parkin  
7-9 Program "Wetland Environment Unique to the Purchase" Parkin Archeological State Park, Parkin
10 Bridging the Past with the Present on the Waters of the
St. Francis River - Parkin
 
10 Commemoration Celebration Event -
Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park - Clarendon
 
10 Events, Village Creek State Park, Wynne  
10 Grand Opening Ceremony & Dedication of the Central Delta Historical Society Depot and Museum - Brinkley  
10 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park Program - Commemoration Events - Clarendon  
10 Ride the Ridge Family Fun Ride - Village Creek  
10 Territorial Fair - Historic Arkansas Museum
10 The Griggs Canoe, A Traveler's Log - Toltec Mounds
10

Choo Choo Ch-Boogie, Brinkley

10 The French in Arkansas: Fur Trappers at the time of the Louisiana Purchase - Hot Springs National Park
15 Program, "The Hunter/Dunbar Expedition"
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine

16 William Dunbar Re-enactment - Marianna  
16-17 Conference: The Louisiana Purchase and the Transformation of Arkansas - Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Little Rock  
16-17 Crawdad Days Music Festival - Harrison  
17 A Visit with Dinah Dunbar - Hot Springs
17 Floating Through History on the Arkansas River -
Lake Dardanelle State Park
17 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park Program - Clarendon  
17 Program, Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena
17 Program "Frontier Explorers"
Mount Magazine State Park, Paris
17 Rocks, Minerals, Gems, and Fossils of the Louisiana Purchase - Crater of Diamonds State Park - Murfreesboro  
19 Reenactment - Marianna  
21 Subject and Vassals: The Louisiana Purchase and Western Arkansas -Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
23-26 Life on the Frontier - Old Davidsonville
24 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park Program - Clarendon  
24 Program, Millwood State Park, Ashdown
25 Exhibit, "From the Revolution to the Louisiana Purchase and Beyond" Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
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June 10 - August 23, 2003
 
  Exhibit: Maps and Measures - Rogers  
June 2003
3-7
Destiny Unfolding: The Louisiana Purchase Chautauqua - Smackover
7 Floating Through History on the Arkansas River -
Lake Dardanelle State Park
 
7 Natural Environment of the Louisiana Purchase -
Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park
 
7
Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park program
10-14
Destiny Unfolding: The Louisiana Purchase Chautauqua - Crowley's Ridge
17-21
Destiny Unfolding: The Louisiana Purchase Chautauqua -
Lake Dardanelle State Park
17-27 Louisiana Purchase Traveling Exhibit - Rogers  
18 Surveying the Louisiana Purchase -
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
 
24-28
Destiny Unfolding: The Louisiana Purchase Chautauqua -
Lake Catherine State Park
21 Program, Millwood State Park, Ashdown  
21
Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park program  
July 2003
2-10 Louisiana Purchase Traveling Exhibit
Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center
 
4 An 1804 Arkansas 4th of July Celebration -
Arkansas Post State Park
 
4-6 Programs, Lake Charles State Park, Powhatan  
19 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park Program - Clarendon  
August 20 - September 1, 2003
 
   
   
August 2003
2 Floating Through History on the Arkansas River -
Lake Dardanelle State Park
 
2 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park Program - Clarendon  
16 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park Program - Clarendon  
21 Surveying the Louisiana Purchase program -
Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park
 
23 Traveling with Audubon - Hot Springs  
30 Primitive Firebuilding Workshop - Old Davidsonville  
September 2003
6 Surveying the Louisiana Purchase program -
Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park
 
6 Floating Through History on the Arkansas River -
Lake Dardanelle State Park
 
6 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park Program - Clarendon  
15-21 Louisiana Purchase Traveling Exhibit - Village Creek State Park, Wynne  
19 Dinah Dunbar, wife of explorer Dinah Dunbar, to visit Parkin  
20-21 Black River Rendezvous - Old Davidsonville  
20 Program, Village Creek State Park, Wynne  
20 Hunter/Dunbar Exhibition Program,
Lake Ouachita State Park, Mountain Pine
 
20 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park Program - Clarendon  
20 The Griggs Canoe, A Traveler's Log - Toltec Mounds  
27-28 Early Arkansas Encampment -
Arkansas Post State Park
 
27 Program "Lawrence County and the Louisiana Purchase" Powhatan Courthouse State Park, Powhatan
 
October 2003
3 Exhibit: Arkansas A to Z - University of Arkansas  
3-5 Highpoint Rendezvous, Mount Magazine State Park, Paris  
4 Floating Through History on the Arkansas River -
Lake Dardanelle State Park
 
4 Living History Program at the Louisiana Purchase Historic Site  
4 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park program  
9-11 Conference and Pow Wow: Colonial Arkansas Before the Louisiana Purchase - Historic Arkansas Museum - Little Rock  
11 Dutch Oven Cooking - Old Davidsonville  
12 Exhibit, "From the Revolution to the Louisiana Purchase and Beyond" Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Prairie Grove
 
17-19 Arkansas Storytelling Festival,
DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Bismark
 
18 Ghosts of Davidsonville - Old Davidsonville  
18 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park program  
22 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park program  
November 2003
1 Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park Program - Clarendon  
 
 
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