Outreach

The Reading Brigade Reading Program!

The Reading Brigade is a literacy program that serves the museum's mission to relate the military heritage of Arkansas and its citizens to a diverse audience through educational programming. The museum children’s library specifically focuses on topics and issues relevant to our state and nation’s military history, as well as concepts about the impact of war on communities, individuals, nations/cultures, and the environment.

This program is targeted for K-5th graders and utilizes Common Core Standards for Literacy in each of its lesson plans.  Each lesson lasts from 30-45 minutes and includes reading a story or selection (typically poems or historical quotes) appropriate for the given reading level followed by an activity to reinforce or expand on the reading.  Copies of the lesson plans are supplied to the teachers and include follow up questions for the class, vocabulary terms, descriptions of the books, and a list of materials necessary to recreate the lesson.

Museum Program Coordinator Reveille Isgrig, who oversees the Reading Brigade, has degrees in English Literature and Art History, and strives to incorporate craft, literary appreciation, history and reading comprehension into each lesson.  These lessons can be brought to your school throughout the year or can be done during a single visit to the museum. Lessons provided in the classroom follow a different conflict or theme each month.  Programs at the museum can be focused on a desired theme of the teacher's choosing.  For more information on the Reading Brigade or to incorporate this program into plans for your class, please email Reveille Isgrig at risgrig@littlerock.gov.


Off-site visits

With the ever increasing difficulty in taking classes on field trips, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History can take any of our programs that we offer to your class.  Along with educational programs, museum staff can visit your classroom to discuss military history topics. 

Partnerships

The Little Rock Wind Symphony plays on Flag Day.

From time to time, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will partner with other professional institutions to present public functions to promote education and learning.  Some of the working partnerships that we have had in the past are:

  • Aesthetic Club of Little Rock 
  • Air National Guard Band of the Southwest 
  • Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
  • Arkansas Education Television Network 
  • Arkansas History Commission
  • Arkansas Historic Preservation Program 
  • Arkansas Humanities Council 
  • Arkansas Literary Festival
  • Arkansas Military Vehicle Preservation Association
  • Arkansas Museums Association
  • Arkansas National Guard
  • Arkansas Paranormal Expo
  • Arkansas Post Museum
  • Butler Center for Arkansas Studies 
  • Central Arkansas Library System
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Downtown Little Rock Partnership
  • Greater Little Rock Museums Consortium
  • Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Little Rock Wind Symphony
  • MacArthur Park Group
  • Mid-America Arts Alliance
  • National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
  • Petersburg National Battlefield
  • The MacArthur Memorial Museum  
  • The Museum of the Confederacy
  • Sequoyah National Research Center
  • United Daughters of the Confederacy
  • United States Air Force Band of Mid-America
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • University of Arkansas Medical Sciences 

If you are interested in a working partnership with the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, contact us to discuss possible educational events.

The museum partners with the Arkansas Literary Festival to help make it a success.