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Essential Arkansas: From the Clinton Library to Crystal Bridges

Program Number: 21208RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/13/2014 - 5/20/2014; 4/6/2015 - 4/13/2015; 5/11/2015 - 5/18/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Price starting at: $1,549.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; History & Culture; Arts, Misc.; Music Appreciation
Meals: 17; 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Arkansas is “the Natural State,” swathed in vast forests of oak, pine and hickory and adorned with rivers winding down from the Ozark Plateau and Ouachita Mountains to the mighty Mississippi. Discover these and other pristine natural treasures of Arkansas and encounter the great cultural gifts enshrined in its cities and towns. Experience the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, explore state parks, quaint towns and lesser-known gems and find yourself immersed in Ozark traditions and music as you learn how Arkansans preserve them.




Highlights

• Enjoy an in-depth look at the new Crystal Bridges Museum, housing an amazing collection of American art.
• See for yourself how Arkansas came to be named "The Natural State" in the Buffalo National River area.
• Explore Hot Springs and Eureka Springs and learn about other interesting towns and cities that have sprung up around natural healing springs.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing in botanical gardens and museums for a few hours each day.




Date Specific Information

4-6-2015, 5-11-2015

At the Crystal Bridges Museum, you may choose to visit the special exhibit "Van Gogh to Rothko: Modern Masterworks". You can also follow the progress of the reconstruction of Frank Lloyd Wright's Bachman Wilson House, which is being painstakingly deconstructed from its original location in New Jersey and moved to the museum grounds.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Little Rock, 2 nights; coach to Mountain View, 1 night; coach to Bentonville/Rogers, 2 nights; coach to Little Rock, 2 nights; departure.



Coordinated by University of Texas at Austin.




Little Rock

Named after “La Petite Roche” that the La Salle Expedition discovered along the banks of the Arkansas in 1681, Little Rock has two particularly noteworthy quarters. The restored River Market District hosts most of the city’s live entertainment and fun shopping, and the Quapaw Quarter is brimming with beautiful antebellum and Victorian homes.



Accommodations
Little Rock: Comfortable hotel. Mountain View: Charming, renovated Ozark cabins with modern amenities. Rogers: All-suite hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Double Tree Hotel Little Rock
  Little Rock, Arkansas 1 night
   Ozark Folk Life Center Cabins at Dry Creek
  Mountain View, Arkansas 1 night
   Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Rogers - Pinnacle Hills
  Rogers, Arkansas 2 nights
   Double Tree Hotel Little Rock
  Little Rock, Arkansas 3 nights
 Double Tree Hotel Little Rock
Type: Hotel
  Description: Deluxe room with city view or river view. Spacious rooms with Work desk, data ports, hair dryers, 2 phone lines, high speed internet access available, remote control tv, clock radio, coffee makers, and voice mail. USA Today delivered weekdays. In our rooms, we offer: FREE High Speed Internet Access, 180* Door Viewer, Air Conditioning, Alarm Radio, Automatic Door Closer, Balcony, Bathrobe, Bathroom amenities, Cable TV including HBO,CNN,ESPN and Pay Per View available, Clock Radio, Coffee Maker, Electronic Locks, Electronic Smoke Detector, Hairdryer, Iron, Ironing Board, Lever Door Handles, Modem, Non-Smoking, Work Desk with Lamp
  Contact info: 424 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72201 USA
phone: 501-372-4371
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Contact hotel to book additional nights and ask for special Road Scholar rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: TBD Contact hotel to book additional nights and ask for special Road Scholar rate.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

 Ozark Folk Life Center Cabins at Dry Creek
Type: Cabin
  Description: Beautiful, newly renovated Ozark cabins, all at ground level, feature two queen size beds, telephone, TV, wireless Internet, mini-refrigerator, iron and ironing board and coffee pot. There are large windows and glass doors that open onto small porches, most with a wooded view. The Ozark Folk Center's Cabins office has a game room and swimming pool for guests.
  Contact info: 1032 Park Avenue
Mountain View, AR 72560 USA
phone: 800-264-3655
  Facility amenities: Auditorium, social room, swimming pool, wireless internet available.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Rogers - Pinnacle Hills
Type: Hotel
  Description: All-suite hotel. New guest room decor with 37 inch flat panel televisions. Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet is available in all rooms. We are 100% smoke free ! We provide alarm clocks with an IPOD connection. Our rooms will include our mini-fridge and wet bar, coffee maker, microwave. Free morning newspaper delivered to rooms. Health and Fitness Center (On-site): 2 treadmills along with an elliptical and exercise bike to get your heart pumping before you hit our hand weights which range from 5lbs to 30lbs.
  Contact info: 803 S. 52nd Street
Rogers, AR 72758 USA
phone: 479-845-1300
  Room amenities: High Speed Internet access, business center, printer, fax, indoor pool, laundry, dry cleaning, ice machines each floor, safe deposit boxes
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 PM You will be staying at Double Tree Hotel Little Rock that night.
  End of Program:
11:00AM You will be staying at Double Tree Hotel Little Rock the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. To participate in your Road Scholar program, you are required to complete the Participant Information Form, which includes your health and safety information, lodging and meal preferences, and more. Please either complete and submit this online form or complete and mail back to your Program Provider a hard-copy version of the form included in your Preliminary Information Packet. Participants are also required to sign a University of Texas-mandated Release and Indemnification Agreement.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available in a secure, city-operated log for $9.00 per day. This parking is near the hotel. Parking in a garage is available at the airport for $12 per day. Those who park at the airport can call the hotel for the complimentary shuttle.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Little Rock, Arkansas
  Nearest highway: Interstate 30 and Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  Little Rock
  From End of Program
  Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Little Rock

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Doubletree Hotel
phone: 501-372-4371

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

6 miles

   

Upon arrival, please call hotel for courtesy shuttle pick up at airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From Dallas (east) in I-30 Follow interstate until Little Rock, take Exit 141-A, (this is the Markham and Cantrell Exit). After you take the exit, follow the signs that read Convention Center, (you will be On 2nd St.) go 5 blocks then turn right on Spring Street.
  From Fort Smith(west) on I-40 Take I-40 until I-30 Little Rock, cross over the AR River Bridge, then take Exit 141-A (this is the Markham and Cantrell Exit). After you take the exit, follow the signs that Read Convention Center, (you will be on 2nd St.) go 5 blocks then turn right on Spring Street.
  From Jacksonville (north) on 67/167 Follow 67/167 until you get to I-40. Follow I-40 to I-30 coming into Little Rock. Cross over the AR River Bridge, then take Exit 141-A (this is the Markham and Cantrell Exit). After you take the exit, follow the signs that read convention Center, (you will be on 2nd St.) go 5 blocks then turn right on Spring Street.
  From Memphis (east) on I-40 Take I-40 until I-30 Little Rock, cross over the AR River Bridge, then take Exit 141-A (this is the Markham and Cantrell Exit). After you take the exit, follow the signs that Read Convention Center, (you will be on 2nd St.) go 5 blocks then turn right on Spring Street.
  From Pine Bluff (south) on I-65 Follow I-65 to I-30 into Little Rock. Take Exit 141-A (this is the Markham and Cantrell Exit). After you take the exit, follow the signs that read Convention Center, (you will be On 2nd St.) go 5 blocks then turn right on Spring Street.
  From the South on I-430 Follow the interstate until it Ys one way going to Fort Smith, the other to Memphis. Take Memphis, getting on I-40. Follow I-40 until you get to I-30 Little Rock, (the road Ys again). Take I-30 into Little Rock, cross over the AR River Bridge, then take Exit 141-A (this is the Markham and Cantrell Exit). After you take the exit, follow the signs that read Convention Center, (you will be on 2nd St.) go 5 blocks then turn right on Spring Street.
  From the airport(west) on I-440 Take I-440 to I-30 Downtown Little Rock. Take Exit 141-A (this is the Markham and Cantrell Exit). After you take the exit, follow the signs that read Convention Center, (you will be on 2nd St.) go 5 blocks then turn right on Spring Street.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Welcome & Introductions, Attend "Tales from the South” Radio Broadcast
(Tuesday, May 13)

Note: Orientation meeting at 3:30. Take public trolley to restaurant for radio show in evening.



   
 Arrive To: Arrive at Little Rock's Doubletree Hotel Downtown- check in at 3:00 PM.
 Afternoon: ORIENTATION MEETING 3:30 PM. Pick up your Road Scholar arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, list of participants, maps, and other important information we will review.

The on-site coordinator will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. If you arrive late, pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.

 Dinner: PERFORMANCE: Immerse yourself in the Arkansas experience right away when you attend a National Public Radio show, “Tales from the South.” Enjoy listening to local writers read their own short stories based on growing up in the South in an unrehearsed live show, which also features lively music! These writers come from all walks of life. Their stories are funny, touching and sometimes tragic. You’ll be there to enjoy the tales, the live music, and a great dinner at North Little Rock’s Starving Artist Café.
   
Accommodations: Double Tree Hotel Little Rock
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historic Central High School; Ozark Folk Life Center; Folk Music Performance
(Wednesday, May 14)

Note: Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces up to 2 miles per day, stand in museums for up to 3 hours, and climb on and off motor coach without difficulty.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy at full breakfast at your hotel before check-out and departure on your journey through Arkansas.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Plunge into your experience in the South with a Ranger-led visit to Little Rock’s Central High School. Central High, once a national symbol of resistance to desegregation, is still in use as a public school. Visit the National Park Service Historic Site Visitor’s Center to find out more about the struggles of the Little Rock Nine, followed by an insider’s visit to the school, led by a Park Ranger with extensive knowledge of the school’s history. Following your tour, travel to Mountain View, Arkansas, to begin your discovery of the Ozark Mountains and the state’s rich cultural history.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Smoke House located in the Ozark Folk Life Center, a living history state park devoted to the preservation of the cultural history of the area. Learn more about Ozark history and culture during a colorful presentation from a staff member.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the rest of your day at the Ozark Folk Life Center, which is dedicated to perpetuating the crafts, herbal wisdom and music of the Ozark Mountain people of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Visit working crafters and musicians. Learn how to throw a bowl, forge iron, stitch a quilt or any of more than 20 crafts. Find out about local traditions through exploration of the center and its demonstrations of pioneer skills and crafts. Check-in to your cabin at the center for your overnight stay.
 Dinner: Enjoy great country cooking at the Skillet Restaurant, with weekly specials. Treat yourself to entrees made with locally grown herbs or a fried pie, if you wish.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Witness first-hand the important role that music played in the life of Ozark Mountain people during a concert in the center’s auditorium. Enjoy regional folk and dance tunes performed on fiddles, banjos, mandolins, dulcimers, autoharps and more. See how dancing and story-telling are blended in with musical performances to preserve mountain traditions.
   
Accommodations: Ozark Folk Life Center Cabins at Dry Creek
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Buffalo National River; Eureka Springs- Crescent Hotel, Thorncrown Chapel, Historic Buildings
(Thursday, May 15)

Note: Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces up to 2 miles per day, stand in museums for up to 3 hours, and climb on and off motor coach without difficulty.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the Skillet Restaurant before departing from the Ozark Folk Life Center.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Leave Mountain View to continue your discovery of the Natural State. Stop at the the Buffalo National River Area. The Buffalo River was the first river in the country to be designated as a national river. It originates in the highest part of the Ozarks and flows for just over 150 miles. The national river designation protects the river from industrial use or obstruction by dam. During a brief stop, you'll earn more about the beautiful river and its habitat, and walk ½ mile down an easy trail to see stunning views of the river. Continue your journey as you head to Eureka Springs to spend the rest of the day.
 Lunch: Savor lunch in the Crystal Ballroom of the Crescent Hotel. Built in 1886, the Crescent Hotel has been the crown jewel of Eureka Springs, providing great food in an elegant setting.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Explore Eureka Springs, named one a distinctive destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Be inspired by the majestic glass and wood beam frame of the beautiful Throwncrown Chapel, nestled on a mountainside. Get inside the award-winning chapel to marvel at its design. You’ll have some free time to explore the town’s quaint shops, art galleries, boutiques and museums.
 Dinner: Continue your trip through the state as you move on to Bentonville/Rogers, where you will enjoy dinner at a well-known local restaurant and check in to your hotel.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Rogers - Pinnacle Hills
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Bentonville: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Walmart Visitors Center
(Friday, May 16)

Note: Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces up to 2 miles per day, stand in museums for up to 3 hours, and climb on and off motor coach without difficulty.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is the most-talked-about museum in the United States in a generation. Find out more about the origins and development of the project from a local expert. Endowed by the Walton Family Foundation, it joins the ranks of the richest museums in the country and has collected an impressive collection of American art. Find out more about the museum before your visit. Explore the outdoor trails of the center and see how art blends in the natural beauty of the woods surrounding the museum.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch before your guided exploration fo the museum.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Visit the Crystal Bridges museum to see a collection of American art masterworks from the colonial era to modern day, as well as touring collections from national art institutions. The collection includes masterpieces such as Charles Wilson Peale’s and Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of George Washington, Normal Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter and works by John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase and Andy Warhol. Designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the museum consists of a series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds. A series of outdoor trails covering 120 acres of forests and gardens surrounds the museum. Enjoy a guided tour and time for independent exploration of the museum.
 Evening: FIELD TRIP: No trip to Bentonville is complete without considering the influence of the Walton family and the Walmart Corporation on the community. Stop by the original 5 & 10 store to see where the Walmart story began. Look through an interactive gallery that tells the story of the development of the Walmart Corporation.
 Evening: Those who wish to stay at Crystal Bridges and enjoy the evening hours may choose to do so. The bus will return to the museum in the evening to pick up participants who choose to remain at the museum.
 Evening: Find the restaurant of your choice from one of many on the Bentonville town square, adjacent to the Walmart Visitor Center, before heading back to the hotel for the night.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Rogers - Pinnacle Hills
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Return to Little Rock; Weiderkehr Winery Visit, Explore Heifer Ranch
(Saturday, May 17)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel before your departure from the Bentonville/Rogers area.
 Morning: Check out from your hotel and begin your return journey to Little Rock. Stop at the Weiderkehr Winery in Altus to learn more about Arkansas viticulture.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the winery's Swiss chalet style restaurant and enjoy the Arkansas River Valley.
 Afternoon: Learn more about the efforts of Heifer International to end poverty and hunger around the world through a visit to the Heifer Ranch in Perryville. You'll see how the foundation tries to empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity. See how this farm, filled with gardens and livestock, is used to educate people about sustainable solutions to poverty. Return to Little Rock at the end of the afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own. Relax and eat in or near the hotel, or take the trolley to the River Market to explore the restaurants and other offerings there.
 Evening: After your initial exploration of the Natural State, return to Little Rock for some well-deserved rest and time on your own to explore the city. You may choose to eat at the restaurant in the hotel, or venture out into the nearby River Market district to find your favorite foods.
   
Accommodations: Double Tree Hotel Little Rock
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Hot Springs- National Park, Thermal Bathhouses, Garvan Gardens; Arkansas Politics
(Sunday, May 18)

Note: Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces up to 2 miles per day, stand in museums for up to 3 hours, and climb on and off motor coach without difficulty.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Venture out for a day in Hot Springs, which draws its name from the array of natural springs that still supply heated water for thermal baths. We’ll start out in the Hot Springs National Park, the smallest in the National Park System. The park was designated as Hot Springs Reservation in 1832 to protect the naturally flowing thermal springs. Explore the history and geology of the area with an expert. Stroll through Bathhouse Row and visit a bathhouse. Following your tour, you’ll have some free time, during which you may choose to take a bath, get a massage, or just explore the downtown area on your own. BRING YOUR SWIMSUIT if you want to try a hot bath.
 Lunch: Eat lunch on your own in Hot Springs during your free time activities.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Nature lovers will delight in a visit to Garvan Woodland Gardens, featuring over 200 acres of floral landscapes, streams, waterfalls in a natural woodland setting. A docent will show you the highlights of the gardens, and then you will have time to explore the buildings and trails on your own as you discover this gem of the Ouachita Mountains.
 Dinner: You can’t leave Arkansas without trying some of its famous barbecue. Return to Little Rock to feast at the Whole Hog Café, home of world champion barbecue. Try the succulent pulled pork, some other meat, or a variety of vegetable side dishes for a dinner you won’t soon forget!
 Evening: Before you visit the Clinton Presidential Center, hear about Arkansas politics from a university professor who recently wrote a book on the subject. Learn about the dynamics of the state’s politics and Bill Clinton’s rise to national prominence.
   
Accommodations: Double Tree Hotel Little Rock
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Clinton Presidential Center; Clinton School of Public Service; Historic Arkansas Museum; Farewell Dinner
(Monday, May 19)

Note: Must be able to walk on uneven surfaces up to 2 miles per day, stand in museums for up to 3 hours, and climb on and off motor coach without difficulty.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast at your hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Clinton Presidential Center- Spend an intriguing day at the Clinton Presidential Center, a stunning building on the banks of the Arkansas River. Take part in a guided tour of the presidential library, and learn of Bill Clinton’s vision of the center as a place where people come together to discuss issues of today and challenges of tomorrow. Enjoy some free time to explore the 20,000 square feet of exhibit space on your own.
 Lunch: Eat lunch on the grounds of the Clinton Center.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Clinton School of Public Service- Find out more about the first graduate school in the country to offer a Master of Public Service degree. Hear about Clinton’s vision for the school, and its efforts to equip students with the skills needed to participate in public service in the US and around the world. A staff member from the school will enlighten you about its mission and current programs.
 Afternoon: Choose between a variety of nearby activities for your last afternoon on the program: Remain at the Clinton Library or School of Public Service if you wish. Or, you could explore the River Market area or the Historic Arkansas Museum to find out more about the state's past. The Historic Arkansas Museum has restored cabins and interesting exhibits about early influences that shaped the state.
 Dinner: At a festive farewell dinner, say good-bye to the other participants and reflect on the many diverse things you have learned about Arkansas during your week. We hope you appreciate the state’s history, natural beauty, and cultural offerings.
   
Accommodations: Double Tree Hotel Little Rock
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Check-out and depart
(Tuesday, May 20)
   
 Breakfast: Full breakfast served at your hotel.
 Morning: Check-out and departure. We hope you have enjoyed this very special event and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


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A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School


Author: Carlotta Walls


Description: When fourteen-year-old Carlotta Walls walked up the stairs of Little Rock Central High School on September 25, 1957, she and eight other black students only wanted to make it to class. But the journey of the “Little Rock Nine,” as they came to be known, would lead the nation on an even longer and much more turbulent path, one that would challenge prevailing attitudes, break down barriers, and forever change the landscape of America.



Best Lawyer in a One-Lawyer Town


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Blind Judgment: A Gideon Page Novel


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Calico Joe


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Description: An enjoyable, heart warming read that’s not just for baseball fans. An account of the rise and fall of Joe Castle, a baseball player from Calico Rock, Arkansas. Castle rose from the minor leagues to the Chicago Cubs in 1973 and became the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen.



Faubus: The Life and Times of an American Prodigal


Author: Roy Reed


Description: At the time of Little Rock's desegregation, Arkansas governor Orval E. Faubus ensured his place in history by defying federal court orders and blocking integration, thus forcing President Eisenhower to call out the National Guard. Faubus was certainly not the only southerner who vociferously opposed integration--George Wallace of Alabama and Lestor Maddox of Georgia (among others) also jumped on the bandwagon--but what's unusual about Faubus is that he started out as a racial liberal. Surprises abound in Faubus, a fascinating biography by Roy Reed.



First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton


Author: David Maraniss


Description: Lots of people have put forth theories on what makes Bill Clinton tick, but the most trustworthy source may be David Maraniss of the Washington Post. Maraniss won a Pulitzer covering Clinton's campaign, and his book on the man is nonpareil; you simply can't understand Clinton without reading Maraniss's analysis of his past. When Bill Clinton is good, he is very, very good, and when he's bad, he's exactly like he has been all his life.



I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


Author: Maya Angelou


Description: In this first of five volumes of autobiography, poet Maya Angelou recounts a youth filled with disappointment, frustration, tragedy, and finally hard-won independence. Sent at a young age to live with her grandmother in Arkansas, Angelou learned a great deal from this exceptional woman and the tightly knit black community there. Marvelously told, with Angelou's "gift for language and observation," this "remarkable autobiography by an equally remarkable black woman from Arkansas captures, indelibly, a world of which most Americans are shamefully ignorant."



It Takes A Village: Tenth Anniversary Edition


Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton


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Living in Little Rock With Miss Little Rock


Author: Jack Butler


Description: With Arkansas in the forefront of the news, Butler's challenging tale of love, lust, and loss in Little Rock has all the ingredients of a winner. There is Lianne, a former beauty queen and television personality and her husband, Charles, a successful liberal lawyer and millionaire. There are also the members of Charles's firm: Tina, a poor girl made good; Lafayette, an African American former football star; and Greg, the token WASP. There's cocaine, a hostile sheriff, a creation science law, group therapy, and a couple of inept assassins. The whole story is narrated by the Holy Ghost in an Ozark accent.



Ruled By Race: Black/White Relations in Arkansas from Slavery to the Present


Author: Grif Stockley


Description: From the Civil War to Reconstruction, the Redeemer period, Jim Crow, and the modern civil rights era to the present, Ruled by Race describes the ways that race has been at the center of much of the state’s formation and image since its founding.



Sam Walton: Made in America


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The American Spa: Hot Springs, Arkansas


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The Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks


Author: Donald Harrington


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