Celebrate the 200th year of the Arkansas Territory during a special, free event March 1!
Arkansas became a US Terriotry on March 2, 1819, then a US State June 15, 1836.
Come experience Arkansas history.The Arkansas State Archives and other divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage are putting together a grand celebration for the Arkansas Territory bicentennial!
Governor Asa Hutchinson will speak during a 10 a.m. news conference. Other speakers are Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst, State Historian Wendy Richter and Swannee Bennett, director of Historic Arkansas Museum.
This March marks the 200th year of the Arkansas Territory, which the U.S. Congress originally formed with parts of what is now Oklahoma and Texas. The move created the state’s first government in 1819 and laid the groundwork for achieving statehood in 1836.
We will celebrate with birthday cake, music, historical displays, a traveling exhibit and period actors! Come learn about our Territory seals, grab a free Territory map and enjoy bringing history to life. For more information, visit our Facebook page!
What: Arkansas Territory Bicentennial Celebration
When: Starting at 9 a.m., Friday, March 1, 2019
News Conference at 10 a.m.