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Arkansas

Essential Arkansas: From the Clinton Library to Crystal Bridges

Get to know Arkansas, from the Clinton Library to Crystal Bridges, from hot springs and mountains to Ozark music and southern cooking — this place has it all!
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Program No. 21208RJ
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8 days
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Arkansas

Essential Arkansas: From the Clinton Library to Crystal Bridges

Get to know Arkansas, from the Clinton Library to Crystal Bridges, from hot springs and mountains to Ozark music and southern cooking — this place has it all!
Length
8 days
Starts at
1,829
Program No. 21208 RJ
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Apr 24 - May 1, 2022
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May 15 - May 22, 2022
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Sep 25 - Oct 2, 2022
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Oct 16 - Oct 23, 2022
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Apr 24 - May 1, 2022
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2,299
May 15 - May 22, 2022
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Sep 25 - Oct 2, 2022
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Oct 16 - Oct 23, 2022
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2,299

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day, standing in botanical gardens and museums for a few hours. Ability to get on and off motor coach with minimal assistance several times a day.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy an in-depth look at American art at the Crystal Bridges Museum, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House.
  • Learn the legacy of Clinton’s presidency on a visit to the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, a state-of-the-art facility on the Arkansas River.
  • Explore Hot Springs and Eureka Springs and learn about other interesting towns and cities that have sprung up around natural healing springs.
Featured Expert
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Jay Barth
Dr. Jay Barth, a native of central Arkansas, is the Graves Peace Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Politics at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and serves as Chief Education Officer for the City of Little Rock. His academic work includes research on politics of the South, state government and politics, LGBT politics, political communication (particularly radio advertising), and the achievement gap in Arkansas. He is the co-author with the late Diane D. Blair of the second edition of "Arkansas Politics and Government: Do the People Rule?”

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

Profile Image of Jay Barth
Dr. Jay Barth, a native of central Arkansas, is the Graves Peace Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Politics at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, and serves as Chief Education Officer for the City of Little Rock. His academic work includes research on politics of the South, state government and politics, LGBT politics, political communication (particularly radio advertising), and the achievement gap in Arkansas. He is the co-author with the late Diane D. Blair of the second edition of "Arkansas Politics and Government: Do the People Rule?”
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Mechel Wall is a mother to eight, a grandmother to eight, and the wife of Barry Wall. She is the owner and operator of WallFlower Farm, a women-owned specialty cut flower farm in Pea Ridge. She has been a volunteer trail leader at Crystal Bridges and is currently the Benton County Master Gardener. She is the founder and was the board president of Benton County Charter School Org, Inc., and a sponsor and founder of one of Arkansas’s first charter schools — Arkansas Arts Academy.
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Dr. Sondra Gordy, a professor in the Dept. of History, was chosen as one of Arkansas's most powerful women for Women's History Month by AY magazine. She was selected for her work on "The Lost Year," a documentary on the lost year of 1958-59. During that year, Governor Orval Faubus closed all high schools in Little Rock, locking out 3,665 black and white students from a public education, and locking in almost 200 teachers and administrators to contracts to serve empty classrooms.
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Lowell Collins has been a Bentonville resident for the past 40 years. She is a retired speech-language pathologist who spent 35 years working with pre-schoolers with developmental delays. Since 2010, she has been actively involved in Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, completing the guide training program for trails and grounds, architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright House. She is a Master Gardener with expertise in native plants. Lowell has a passion for Bentonville and for sharing it with the many Crystal Bridges guests.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou
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."
A Place Apart: A pictorial History of Hot Springs
by Ray Hanley
Hanley provides a fine introduction to readers wanting a rapid but in-depth narrative of Hot Springs' physical and political growth as it evolved into a national park, recreational resort, and one of Arkansas's pre-eminent cities. Both text and photographs supply information and cultural history corroborating or dispelling prodigious myths about a city of notable and notorious characters.
A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School
by Carlotta Walls
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.
A Complicated Man: The Life of Bill Clinton as Told by Those Who Know Him
by Michael Takiff
Oral historian and journalist Takiff offers a wealth of perspective to counter-or at least complicate-the prevailing, and simplistic, image many people hold of America's 42nd president, despite two prosperous terms and a decade of post-White House foreign relations work. Somewhat predictably, Takiff begins with Clinton's birth to a recently widowed mother in Hope, Ark. and ends, more or less, with wife Hillary Rodham Clinton's failure to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
Calico Joe
by John Grisham
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.
The Dixie Association
by Donald Hays
The Dixie Association is hilarious, wise, profound, and unbelievably beautifully written. It should not be subtitled "Voices of the South". It is THE voice of the South, perfectly captured on paper. Donald Hays has perfect pitch for Southern language, on the street and in the locker room. The baseball portions are true, interesting and exciting. The picture of the last game remains one of the great descriptions of an epic encounter in sports.
First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton
by David Maraniss
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.
Blind Judgment: A Gideon Page Novel
by Grif Stockley
The best thing about Grif Stockley's mysteries featuring Gideon Page, an Arkansas social worker turned lawyer, is their no-nonsense attitude toward the business of being a lawyer. Blind Judgement has Page commuting from Little Rock to his hometown of Bear Creek in the Arkansas Delta to defend an African American accused of killing his Chinese American employer, presumably on the orders of a wealthy white man named Paul Taylor.
Living in Little Rock With Miss Little Rock
by Jack Butler
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.
Meals
17 Meals
7 Breakfasts
5 Lunches
5 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
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May 15, 2022 - May 22, 2022
  • Apr 24, 2022 - May 01, 2022
  • May 15, 2022 - May 22, 2022
  • Sep 25, 2022 - Oct 02, 2022
  • Oct 16, 2022 - Oct 23, 2022
4 nights
Little Rock
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
2 nights
Rogers
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.
1 night
Mountain View
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.
4 nights
Little Rock
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
2 nights
Rogers
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.
1 night
Mountain View
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.
4 nights
Little Rock
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
2 nights
Rogers
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.
1 night
Mountain View
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.
4 nights
Little Rock
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
2 nights
Rogers
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.
1 night
Mountain View
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.





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