Programs for Organizations
History of Rogers
The History of Rogers program answers such questions as who the first political "movers and shakers" of northwest Arkansas were, which came first, the City of Rogers or the railroad, and why Beaver Lake was built.
The Day Before the Battle
For months in late 1861 and early 1862 rumors of war echoed through every farmhouse in Benton County. There were 200 homes on the high ground known as the Pea Ridge when the horror of battle began. In just one day the beautiful farmsteads and sparkling streams were stained with blood and thousands of lives were changed forever. Eyewitness stories passed down through Benton County families reflect a new perspective on the Civil War in Arkansas.
The Trail of Tears: Bentonville to Maysville
Almost everyone has heard of the Trail of Tears and the suffering of the Cherokee forced to travel that route. Not many people know a part of the famous trail led from Bentonville to Maysville. Follow the trail on the map and hear the stories of loss and triumph.
Arkansas Ladies of the Loom
When the Civil War broke out, many people buried their valuables. Some people buried gold, some buried heirlooms; some things were recovered, some were not. Families were robbed by bushwhackers and houses were burned during the battle.
During this perilous time, few household articles survived and that is why the history surrounding a select group of hand woven Arkansas coverlets is of importance. Family stories interwoven with documented history tell about the ladies who worked at the loom and spun at the wheel.
Their work reflects daily life, domestic art, and survival among the first families in northwest Arkansas.
The Old Wire Road
For thousands of years, the route was just a path followed by wild animals from one water source to another. Hunters followed the animals and the path was marked as one of the best routes through the foothills of the Ozarks.
Next came the white settlers headed west in large heavy wagons and then the forced removal of the Cherokee on their way to Indian territory. By the time of the Civil War, the path was a well traveled road. Today, the Old Wire Road is recognized as a historic roadway and serves as a pathway to real stories of real people from the past.