LITTLE ROCK — The Old State House Museum will host a grand reopening of its exhibit, “First Ladies of Arkansas: Women of their Times,” from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14.
Refreshments will be served at this free public opening. The event coincides with Little Rock’s 2nd Friday Art Night activities and will include an ice cream flavor from Loblolly Creamery and hands-on activities for the whole family, according to a news release.
“’First Ladies of Arkansas: Women of their Times’ explores the lives and accomplishments of governors’ wives throughout Arkansas’ history and contains the largest exhibition of first ladies’ gowns outside the Smithsonian,” according to the release.
The exhibit includes some of the dresses that recently went through a conservation process.
“The museum received an Outstanding Conservation Work Award from the Arkansas Museum Association in 2017 for efforts in conserving and preserving these gowns,” according to the release.
The newly-renovated exhibit also includes video interviews with many of the women detailing their accomplishments and efforts as First Lady of Arkansas.
Gowns in the exhibit include those worn by Susan Hutchinson, Ginger Beebe, Barbara Pryor, Hillary Clinton, Mabel Martineau, Elizabeth Little, Ewilda Robinson, Anne McMath, Betty Tucker, Gay White, Jeannette Rockefeller, Alta Faubus, Anne Brough, Betty Bumpers, Janet Huckabee, Margaret Cherry and Eula Terral.
“The Old State House Museum is a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and shares the goal of all eight Department of Arkansas Heritage divisions, that of preserving and enhancing the heritage of the state of Arkansas,” according to the release. “The divisions are Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the Old State House Museum.”
The Old State House Museum is located at 300 W. Markham in Little Rock. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. Details: www.oldstatehouse.com or 501-324-9685.