The Arkansas Historical Association’s 78th annual Conference will be held April 11-13 at the Grand Prairie Center of Phillips Community College at Stuttgart. Sessions open at 1 p.m. April 11.


With the theme of “Land, Race, and Identity,” the conference will mark several major anniversaries, including the bicentennial of the formation of Arkansas Territory and the centennial of the Elaine Race Massacre, according to a news release.


Presentations will address a broad array of topics from all time periods to illuminate how the land — and ideas about it — have intersected with various identities, including race, to help shape the history of Arkansas.


The Thursday afternoon genealogy workshop is at the Grand Prairie Center. Thursday night’s reception is at the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie. Friday registration, sessions, break, luncheon, reception, and awards banquet take place at the Grand Prairie Center and at the Phillips Community College UA Seminar Room next door, according to the release.


Friday afternoon tours will leave from and return to the Grand Prairie Center. Saturday sessions and luncheon are at the Grand Prairie Center.


More than 40 presentations will be held. The conference schedule includes:


Thursday, April 11:


1–3 p.m. Genealogy workshop, Grand Prairie Center; 3:15–4:30 p.m. Session I-A, Grand Prairie Center; Session I-B, Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie; 6:00–7:30 p.m. Reception, Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie;


Friday, April 12:


Registration, sessions, reception, and meals at the Grand Prairie Center. 7:30 a.m. Registration opens;


8 a.m. Welcome, Salon B; 8:20–9:30 a.m. Session II-A, Salon B; Session II-B, PCC Seminar Room;


9:30–9:50 a.m. Break; 9:50–11 a.m. Session III-A, Salon B; Session III-B, PCC Seminar Room;


11:10 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Session IV-A, Salon B; Session IV-B, PCC Seminar Room; 12:30–1:50 p.m. Luncheon and Business Meeting; 2–4:30 p.m. Tours; 6-7 p.m. Reception; 7:15 p.m. Awards Banquet;


Saturday, April 13:


Sessions and meals at the Grand Prairie Center. 8:30–9:40 a.m. Session V-A, Salon B; Session V-B, Riceland Auditorium; 9:40–9:50 a.m. Coffee Break; 9:50–11 a.m. Session VI-A, Salon B; Session VI-B, Riceland Auditorium; 11:10 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Session VII-A, Salon B; Session VII-B, Riceland Auditorium 12:30–1:45 p.m. Luncheon.


Participants may register at www.arkansashistoricalassociation.org until March 29.