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A file photo of a woman partcipating in the Philadelphia Juneteenth Parade in 2019
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Juneteenth: Building a Foundation of Celebration (Jimmy Warren Commentary)

Juneteenth has long been celebrated. But now that it’s a federal holiday, it’s critical that we fundamentally understand its importance to everyone’s history. read more >
Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Texarkana has been open since 1964.
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Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Texarkana Still Pleases

Prime rib and steaks are the stars of the menu, though Cattleman’s Steakhouse in Texarkana also offers options like grilled tilapia, broiled red snapper, shrimp and lobster. read more >
The Elaine Massacre's place in civil rights history looms large. “You can’t keep thinking it’s going to go away,” said Brian Mitchell, a history professor at UA Little Rock.
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Elaine Massacre Memorial Set for UnveilingLock Icon

A three-day period of killing in the Arkansas Delta a century ago will be commemorated with the Elaine Massacre Memorial, to be dedicated across the street from the Phillips County Courthouse in Helena on Sept. 29. read more >
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Genealogy Travel A Perfect Fit for Arkansas (Jeanne Rollberg Commentary)

Tourism is an important part of our heritage. Didn’t the Arkansas Traveler of lore seek both adventure and learning? read more >
Paul Dodds, managing director of Urban Frontier, which buys, renovates and then rents out homes in the Central High School Neighborhood Historic District in Little Rock.
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Tax Reform Poses Threat to Historic Preservation ProgramLock Icon

Tax reform proposals wending their way through Congress threaten federal historic tax credits, financial incentives that Arkansas developers, government officials and historic preservationists say have been crucial to economic development efforts in the state. read more >
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Arkansas Food Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations

Nominations for the 2018 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame are open through Oct. 31. This will be the second Hall of Fame class, a program sponsored by the Department of Arkansas Heritage. read more >
Fred W. Parris Towers at 1800 S. Broadway
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National Register Listings Light a Towering Inferno

Some downtown Little Rock property owners are surprised and upset that three public housing towers have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places despite being rejected by the state’s review board. read more >
Fried buffalo ribs with hushpuppies and fries at Lassis Inn.
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Hospitality, Heritage Honor Tourism and Restaurant Stars

Some stars in the hospitality industry generally and the restaurant sector specifically shine. A couple of state organizations recognized these stars last week. read more >

Kay Kelley Arnold: Public Servant

Member of former Gov. Bill Clinton’s staff and head of Department of Arkansas Heritage … First Arkansas director of Nature Conservancy field office … former vice president of public affairs at Entergy Corporation, managing foundations, grants and volunteer service … volunteer and member of more than 45 nonprofit and governmental agency advisory boards during nearly 40 years of service … Two-time chair of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission. read more >
The former Scholastic Distribution facility in Maumelle.
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Maumelle Warehouse Attracts $11.2M Sale (Real Deals)

A 484,932-SF warehouse project in Maumelle tipped the scales at $11.2 million. Construction of a 30,000-SF office building is following a $2.3 million land deal in downtown Little Rock. And a North Little Rock car wash is under new ownership after a $1.72 million deal. read more >
The properties at 1100 North St. (top) and at 1120 North St. (bottom) now owned by the Department of Arkansas Heritage | (Photos by Pulaski County Assessor's office, 2012)
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Department of Arkansas Heritage Puts Down Roots Near River

The Department of Arkansas Heritage intends to develop a 30,000-SF headquarters in downtown Little Rock, assembling a 4.5-acre location on the banks of the Arkansas River in two transactions totaling $2.3 million. read more >