Events 2016

MARCH 2016
March 16, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: FREE "Movies at MacArthur" screening of Dogs of War: The Fight Back Home. Popcorn and beverages provided.

Dogs of War: The Fight Back Home takes the first look at how post-traumatic stress disorder affects our brave military working dogs, as well as the ongoing political movement aimed to recognize these dogs as not mere "equipment" (their official classification), but as heroic k9 service members.

March 29-31: Arkansas Museums Association Conference, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and Arkansas Arts Center.

APRIL 2016
April 1, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Exhibit Opening - "War Comes Home: The Legacy."
The reception is free and open to the public.

April 16, 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Arkansas Literary Festival hosting site.
April 20, 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.: FREE "Movies at MacArthur" screening of War Letters. Popcorn and beverages provided.

Using the most compelling and enlightening of these missives, War Letters tells the story of American wars from the viewpoint of the men and women in the front lines.

MAY 2016
May 6, 7:00 p.m.: "History on the Run" 5k Race. Visit the MacArthur Park's website for details.
May 18, 11:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Diversity Month Youth Program

May 18, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.:
FREE "Movies at MacArthur" screening of
16 Photographs at Ohrdruf.

With only a small stack of his grandfather's photos for guidance, filmmaker Matthew Nash tries to understand a family secret that began on April 4, 1945. His search reveals the horror of the first concentration camp found by the Allies and the amazing story of the soldiers who uncovered the Holocaust.
Popcorn and beverages provided.

JUNE 2016
June 12, 7 p.m.: Concert "Stars & Stripes Celebration for Flag Day" with the Little Rock Wind Symphony. This is a free public event.

June 15, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: FREE "Movies at MacArthur" screening of The Real MASH.
Popcorn and beverages provided.

The Real MASH traces the original stories that inspired the fictional TV series and film set during the Korean War. Interviews with MASH actors, including Jamie Farr, Loretta Swit and Gary Burghoff, co-creator Gene Reynolds, as well as the military surgeons, doctors, nurses, pilots and enlisted men who served in the war are blended with dramatic recreations, archival film and rare photographs to tell the true stories behind the MASH series.
June 28, 9: 00 am - 3:30 pm: "Women on the Home front" Teacher Professional Development Workshop. Participating institutions include: MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History (host), Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Old State House Museum, and the Arkansas Maritime and Inland Museum (host). Each workshop session will explore women's contributions on the home front during times of conflict, specifically the time period expanding from World War I, through the Great Depression, to World War II. The morning sessions will take place at the MacArthur Museum and afternoon sessions at the Arkansas Maritime and Inland Museum. Space is limited to 30 participants. There is a $5 admission fee for the Arkansas Maritime and Inland Museum. To register, please contact Dr. Rachel Miller by email or phone: 501.376.4602.

JULY 2016

July 20, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: FREE "Movies at MacArthur" screening of Art in the Face of War. Popcorn and beverages provided.

Eight World War II artists/veterans recount their service experience and their use of art for journalism, as a tactical tool and to preserve their own sanity. Covering all theaters of operation and all branches of the U.S. military, including the once top-secret Army division known as The Deception Corps, their powerful imagery (some done on the spot, some done years later from haunting memories) will enlighten, challenge, even amuse, showing that war is hell but that creativity can exist in the face of destruction.

July 30, 9: 00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: 4th Annual Vintage Military Vehicle Show.

August 17, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: FREE "Movies at MacArthur" screening of Here is Germany. Popcorn and beverages provided.

Director Frank Capra is deservedly well known not only for his triumphs in Hollywood, but for the “Why We Fight” series that he created for the U.S. government during World War II. This 1945 propaganda film was intended to be shown to American troops participating in the invasion and occupation of Germany.


September 21, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: FREE "Movies at MacArthur" screening of Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1. Popcorn and beverages provided.

Since 2001, more veterans have died by their own hand than in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, one veteran dies by suicide in America every 80 minutes. The Veterans Crisis Line, based in Canandaigua, NY and open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, receives more than 22,000 calls each month from veterans of all conflicts who are struggling or contemplating suicide due to the psychological wounds of war and the challenges of returning to civilian life. The timely documentary spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members.

September 29, 30, & October 1, 6:30 p.m.: Parkview Murder Mystery

October 8, 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.: 6th Annual Paranormal Expo. For information, please click here.
October 12, 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.: Diversity Month Youth Program, Hispanic Heritage Month.
October 19, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: FREE "Movies at MacArthur" screening of Beyond the Divide. Popcorn and beverages provided.
Set in the mountainous beauty of Missoula, Montana, this documentary film is about war, peace, and the courage to find common ground. Fifty years after the start of the Vietnam War, the politics and casualties are history yet deep scars remain between those who served and those who fought a different war at home. In Missoula, a mysterious graffiti peace symbol inflamed the enduring animosity, dividing a community for decades. Through the courageous acts of Vietnam Veteran Dan Gallagher and peace advocate Betsy Mulligan-Dague, Beyond the Divide follows their remarkable journey as they each take courageous steps in search of common ground.

October 27, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: 21st Big Boo!seum Bash

December 17-7th Annual Holiday Music Concert at the Arsenal, 2:00 p.m.