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ASU Museum opens new exhibition, 'Exploring the
Frontier,' Oct. 3
Sept. 24, 2009 --
Arkansas State University Museum,
110 Cooley Drive, Jonesboro, will open its new exhibition, "Exploring the
Frontier: Arkansas 1540–1840,"
on Saturday, October 3, with ASU Museum Family Time at 9 a.m.-11
a.m. and HiStory Time at 2 p.m. In honor of Arkansas’s international
history, an International party will be held at 3 p.m. The exhibition
will run through March 2010. This exhibition, an Arkansas Discovery
Network Road Trip, offers visitors the opportunity to plan an
expedition, to track their own journeys, to visit a fur trapper's camp,
and to enjoy paddling the life-sized replica
of the Griggs Canoe, a
centuries-old Native American canoe.
The earliest European explorers to reach Arkansas were the Spanish
explorers led by
Hernando de Soto in 1541—long
before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, Mass., in 1620. The only
Revolutionary War action west of the Mississippi River occurred here,
and river pirates once roamed these waters.
Mississippi River’s Delta region was explored by the Spanish in the
1500s. The French traveled from Canada to Arkansas in the late 1600s.
Arkansas Post, founded in 1686 by
Henri de Tonti, was the first European settlement west of the
Mississippi River, predating the founding of St. Louis and New Orleans.
On the frontier, wits and wiles meant the difference between death and
survival. “Exploring the Frontier” is one of seven Arkansas Museum Road
Trips sponsored by the
Network, funded by the Donald
W. Reynolds Foundation. For more information about these
Arkansas Museum Road Trips, scheduled to travel throughout Arkansas,
"Exploring the Frontier" will spark the imagination of children and
adults alike. Bring the children
and grandchildren for a fascinating introduction to Arkansas history.
The ASU Museum is open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; on
Wednesdays-Saturdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and on Sundays from 1-5 p.m.
The museum is closed on Mondays and on university holidays.
Admission is free thanks to the Arkansas Discovery Network that is
funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The ASU Museum is an
accredited member of the American
Association of Museums.
information, visit the ASU Museum
online at http://museum.astate.edu,
e-mail Lenore Shoults,
assistant director for the museum, at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or call
the ASU Museum at (870) 972-2074.
Photo courtesy of the Arkansas
State University Museum.