LITTLE ROCK — Citizens of Arkansas are asked to donate materials that may be relevant for a new Arkansas Supreme Court exhibit at the Old State House.
The Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society is on the lookout for artifacts related to the Arkansas judiciary.
The display would explain the Arkansas Supreme Court and its residence at the Old State House from the earliest times until 1915 when state government moved into the State Capitol, according to a news release.
Jacqueline Walker, president of the Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society, and Bill Gatewood, director of the Old State House, were among participants who met July 12 to plan the new exhibit.
“Currently there is a marker that designates the courtroom that was used by the Supreme Court but no explanatory material is there to educate visitors about the judicial branch of Arkansas’ state government,” according to the release.
The recent meeting also included Rae Ann Fields, development director; Gail Stephens, exhibit director; and JoEllen Maack, curator.
“They agreed that the first part of this project is the acquisition of artifacts that relate to the justices of the court and the work they did. These will illustrate who the court members were, the work that they did, and how they organized the business of the Supreme Court. Personal items owned and used by the justices and items that were exhibits in some of the cases they decided will be included,” according to the release.
The Arkansas Supreme Court Historical Society is a 401C3 non-profit organization. The mission of the Society is to promote the preservation, dissemination and understanding of the history of the judicial department of state government through exhibits, conferences, publications and other activities.
Various collections of Arkansas artifacts will be searched to find acceptable items. For information about making donations of items or for details, contact Rod Miller of the Arkansas Supreme Court Library at 501- 682-2147.