The Boreham Library at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith hosted the traveling exhibit, “Territorial Arkansas: The Wild Western Frontier,” in September. The exhibition told the story of the Arkansas Territory.
The traveling exhibit consists of 15 panels that explore the history of Arkansas Territory though the collections of the Arkansas State Archives, the Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives in Powhatan, and the Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives in Washington. An opening reception featured a performance by the Squirrel Brain Gravy band.
"I am very pleased that the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith could share this exhibit with visitors and the community," stated Dr. Wendy Richter, director of the Arkansas State Archives. "Created to commemorate the Bicentennial of Arkansas Territory, this exhibit allows us to bring the incredible Arkansas Territory resources of the Arkansas State Archives to local communities throughout the state."
Presentations through the month featured Catherine Forman-Gray, Cherokee Nation history and preservation officer, speaking on Cherokee Old Settlers in Early Arkansas; Billy Higgins, UAFS associate professor of history, speaking on free black communities in antebellum Arkansas; and Tom Wing, UAFS assistant professor and director of the Drennen-Scott Home, speaking on John Drennen and the making of Arkansas.