2019 Special Events
March 23 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Camden Expedition Bus Tour
Join us on Saturday, March 23, for a day-long bus tour commemorating the 155th anniversary of the Camden Expedition. The tour will retrace (as much as possible given time constraints and a 56-passenger tour bus) the route taken by Federal soldiers March 23 - May 3, 1864. Our guide on this tour is Mark Christ, who served as community outreach director for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program until his retirement last fall. The bus will depart from the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in MacArthur Park, Little Rock (formerly the Arsenal Grounds) at 7:00 a.m. and include stops at sites along Elkin's Ferry, Prairie D'Ane, Nubbin Hill, Moscow Church Cemetery, Poison Spring, Marks’ Mills, and Jenkins' Ferry. A catered lunch will be provided at the McCollum-Chidester House in Camden, followed by visits to Ft. Lookout and Ft. Sutherland. We anticipate arriving back in Little Rock by 7:30 p.m.
Seating for this tour is limited. A non-refundable payment of $50 (check, cash, or credit card) is required to reserve a seat on the tour bus. Checks should be payable to the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and mailed to the museum’s address at 503 E. 9th St, Little Rock, AR 72202. Once payment has been received, you will be notified by email. Many of you joined us five years ago when we hosted Ed Bearss for this trip. Since that time, several improvements to the route have been made. In addition, efforts are on-going to have the Camden Expedition route designated a “scenic byway,” with plans to introduce a bill in the 2019 Arkansas General Assembly designating the route a “scenic highway.”
March 28 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Exhibit Opening- “Imagery and Irony: The Fight for Women's Suffrage Through the Political Cartoons of Nina Allender”
Join us for the opening reception of this exhibit of political cartoons by artist and women's' rights activist, Nina Allender. The exhibit will feature Allender's work alongside artifacts from the suffrage movement in Arkansas. A lecture will precede the reception. The opening is free and open to the public.
May 3 - 7:00 p.m.
12th Annual "History on the Run" 5K Race
Annual MacArthur Park 5K race. Following the race, there will be pizza and drinks provided. This is a fundraiser to benefit MacArthur Park.
Register at https://www.arkansasrunner.com/
May 18 - 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Big Catch Spring Event
The Big Catch Event which will be held on the grounds of MacArthur Park May 18, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For those not familiar with this event, it is a community event that promotes and brings awareness to the benefits of community programming.
The Arkansas Game and Fish will stock the pond here at MacArthur Park with fish, they will also be providing a BB Gun and Archery Range for kids. In addition there will be a DJ, free water and food provided. Several vendors and organizations will also be on hand. There will be a coordinated media campaign for the event as well.
June 9- 7:00 p.m.
Concert "Stars and Stripes Celebration for Flag Day" with Little Rock Wind Symphony
On Sunday, June 9, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will present a family-oriented celebration of Flag Day in MacArthur Park. The event includes a free concert of patriotic music by the Little Rock Wind Symphony.
Veterans of all wars and branches will be honored during the concert. Families are encouraged to bring picnic dinners and lawn chairs to the park and enjoy this great event.
Free miniature American flags will be provided by Woodmen Life and free Ice Cream provided by Blue Bell Creameries.
Premium Refreshment Services will provide free water.
September 21, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Big Catch Fall Event
The Big Catch Event which will be held on the grounds of MacArthur Park from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For those not familiar with this event, it is a community event that promotes and brings awareness to the benefits of community programming.
The Arkansas Game and Fish will stock the pond here at MacArthur Park with fish, they will also be providing a BB Gun and Archery Range for kids. In addition there will be a DJ, free water and food provided. Several vendors and organizations will also be on hand to give out prizes and free materials.
September 28, 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.
Civil War Living History Day
Join us on the grounds behind the museum on the parade ground for an educational look at life of a Civil War Soldier. There will be cannon and musket demonstrations. In addition there will be programs on the life of a typical Civil War soldier.
October 5-6, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
9th Annual Arkansas Paranormal Expo
The Arkansas Paranormal Expo is a benefit supporting the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. The Tower Building which was built in 1840, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the birthplace of General Douglas MacArthur. It is our mission to raise funds to help preserve this beautiful, historic building.
The Arkansas Paranormal Expo has grown to be the biggest and most popular event of its kind in all of Arkansas. This year's Expo will once again precede its honorable reputation. The talented A.P.E. organizers are adding even more vendors and speakers! Subjects such as, UFO's, Bigfoot, Cryptozoology, The Supernatural, Psychic Phenomena & Ghost Hunting will take the stage, proving in-depth education and intriguing insight. We are proud to showcase and support keynote speakers, local experts and forerunners of paranormal exploration.
October 12- 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
7th Annual Vintage Military Vehicle Show
Join us for the annual vintage military vehicle show on the museum’s front lawn, featuring Jeeps and other vehicles from members of the Arkansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association and the West Tennessee Military Vehicle Collectors Club.
If you are interested in bringing a vintage Military Vehicle to the show, please click the link below:
October 24, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: 23rd Annual Big Boo!seum Bash
MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will partner with Wildwood Park for the Arts this year for the 23rd Annual Boo-seum Bash! Outside on the front lawn of the museum there will be games, prizes and candy!
December 22, 2:00 p.m.
10th Annual Holiday Music at the Arsenal Concert
The Margaret Wyatt Piano and Vocal Studio puts the audience in the Holiday Spirit at the 9th Annual Holiday Music at the Arsenal concert.