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Bass Reeves Statue Dedication

Bass Reeves Statue Dedication

After several years of raising awareness for the cause and fundraising, the Bass Reeves Legacy Initiative will officially dedicate the statue of the famous lawman on Saturday, May 26, at Pendergraft Park in downtown Fort Smith. A week of special events are planned beginning with the “Artistic Grit” Art Exhibition opening on Friday, May 18 featuring both paintings and sculpture by artist Harold T. Holden. The one week exhibition in the rotunda of the Convention Center will be open through May 25 during regular Convention Center hours. The Fort Smith Museum of History will host a“Meet the Artist and Welcome Party” on Thursday, May 24 with a cookout in the museum parking lot. In appreciation of our supporters, museum members are invited to enjoy beer, brats and beans and meet Bass Reeves sculptor Harold T. Holden. The event is open to non-members for $10 per person. Guests may enjoy live music by local band Blue Fiddle. Dedication Day activities will begin at 10:00 a. m. on Saturday, May 26, with the unveiling of the statue at 10:30. Special guests include Mistress of Ceremonies Angela Taylor of 40/29 News, actor James Pickens, Jr. of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Alyse Eady, 2010 Miss Arkansas, the Fort Smith Community Band and local musicians Bobby Lopez and Hershel Parker. read more »

Civil War Cell Phone Tours

Civil War Cell Phone Tours

Visitors to the Civil War site of the Battle of Massard Prairie in Fort Smith now have the availability of using a cell phone to tour the site. The Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission has added seven new Arkansas Civil War cell phone tours for visitors to the state's Civil War sites. The cell phone tours will explain what happened at the sites, while the sidebars will tell other stories related to Civil War activities. The Battle of Massard Prairie is Stop 113, with Action at Fort Smith (Stop 114) and General Stand Watie, C.S.A (Stop 115). The cell phone tours can be accessed by calling 501-203-3015 or by visiting http://www.arkansascivilwar150.com/civil-war-sites/audio/ read more »

2012 Heritage Festival

2012 Heritage Festival

Need something to do this weekend? The 2012 Heritage Festival will take pace this Saturday, April 14th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m in downtown Fort Smith. There will be FREE Trolley Rides, Petting Zoo, Wells Fargo Stage Coach, Wagon Rides. Get the chance to tour Historic Places. Watch Irish Dancers, Choctaw Youth Dancers, and Natchez Nation Dancers. Listen to the Cherokee Nation Youth Choir and Vietnamese Singers. There are so many sights to see during this festival. Events are held at various locations around downtown Fort Smith. Just head down there Saturday and get started on your Fort Smith Heritage adventure! read more »

Say Farewell to Riverdance in Fort Smith

Say Farewell to Riverdance in Fort Smith

Feb. 23, 2012 the Fort Smith Convention Center will host the world-famous Riverdance for one final show on the Riverdance Farewell Tour. "A phenomenon of historic proportions!" raves The Washington Post. "An explosion of sight and sound that simply takes your breath away," cheers the Chicago Tribune. "A family evening unlike anything else!" declares The London Times. Discover why nothing in the world compares to the original show. read more »

Benjamin Bonneville Collection Now On Exhibit

Benjamin Bonneville Collection Now On Exhibit

How much do you know about General Benjamin Bonneville? Maybe his name sounds familiar? That's not surprising since there are more than a smattering of famous things named after him: the Pontiac Bonneville, the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, Lake Bonneville, the Bonneville Dam (and associated Bonneville Power Administration), the S.S. Benjamin Bonneville ship from World War II. There's even the Bonneville Crater on Mars. read more »