When Fort Smith Was the Wild West

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.

ROCK OUT: Dr. Georgia Hale, UAFS provost, kept time while Squirrel Brain Gravy performed at the opening reception of “Territorial Arkansas.”
ROCK OUT: Dr. Georgia Hale, UAFS provost, kept
time while Squirrel Brain Gravy performed at the
opening reception of “Territorial Arkansas.”

 

 

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."

 

BAND LADY: The Squirrel Brain Gravy band encouraged onlookers to become music makers at the opening reception of “Territorial Arkansas.”
BAND LADY: The Squirrel Brain Gravy band
encouraged onlookers to become music makers
at the opening reception of “Territorial Arkansas.”

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.