MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History

The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History was created to interpret our state's military heritage from its territorial period to the present.

Located in the historic Tower Building of the Little Rock Arsenal--the birthplace of General Douglas MacArthur--the museum preserves the contributions of Arkansas men and women who served in the armed forces.

Exhibits feature artifacts, photographs, weapons, documents, uniforms and other military items that vividly portray Arkansas's military history at home and abroad.

Regular Museum Hours:
Monday - Saturday 9:00 - 4:00
Sunday 1:00 - 4:00

Free Admission. Donations appreciated. 

503 E. 9th Street
Little Rock, AR  72202
Phone:  (501) 376-4602
Fax:  (501) 376-4597
Email:  MacArthur Museum
Executive Director, Stephan McAteer


"Arkansas And World War II"

Teacher Professional Development Workshop

June 20, 2017, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

 Participating institutions include: MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History (host), The Butler Center of Arkansas Studies, Senator John Boozman’s Office, the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum (host), and the Jacksonville Museum of Military History. Each workshop session will explore the role Arkansas played during World War II. The morning sessions will take place at the MacArthur Museum and afternoon sessions at the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. Registered participants will receive 6 hours of professional development credit. Space is limited to 40 participants. Lunch will be provided to registered participants. If you have any questions please contact Shane Lind at 501-376-4602. To register, please complete the registration form by June 15:

 Session One: Over 200,000 Arkansans served during World War II and 4,611 lost their lives. Explore the Arkansas’s during World War II with Shane Lind from the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. Highlighting the museum’s Allison Collection of World War II photographs, and other museum artifacts, educators will receive personal and firsthand knowledge of the contributions Arkansans made to the war effort.

Session Two: The Library of Congress Veterans History Project was created in 2000 by the United States Congress. The project’s mission is “to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American veterans so future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.” Col (Ret.) Anita Deason, Military and Veterans Affairs Liaison, Senator John Boozman’s Office will lead this session and let educators know how they and their students can get involved in this meaningful project.

Session Three: During World War II, more than 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced to leave their homes and relocate to military camps. 16,000 men, women and children were sent to camps at Jerome and Rohwer in southeast Arkansas. Kim Sanders from The Butler Center of Arkansas Studies will discuss Japanese American incarceration in World War II Arkansas.

Session Four:  Allison Hiblong of the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum will present the bookends of World War II.  Arkansas is now the only place in the continental US that has Navy vessels from the Pearl Harbor attack and the formal surrender by the Empire of Japan.  Educators will be able to view the USS Hoga, a tugboat that served in Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, as well as tour the submarine USS Razorback, that was present in Tokyo Bay September 2, 1945. 

Session Five:  Join DannaKay Duggar of the Jacksonville Museum of Military History as she portrays Rosie the Riveter to explain the Salvage Collection Program the U.S Government created for school children during World War II to encourage them to collect and donate specified items to Salvage Centers. This interactive program focuses on how objects could be “Salvaged” for the war effort.

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