Advertisement

New exhibit steams through Mississippi River’s past

Bookmark this
11 February, 2019 By Jennifer Nixon

It has been called "the spine of our nation," a geographical feature that splits the country almost in half. It has been the site of triumph and tragedy, a source of dreams and inspiration.

Now, the Mississippi River is the focus of a new temporary exhibit at the Clinton Presidential Center: "The Mighty Mississippi: A Mosaic of America's Growth," open through March 3.

"The exhibit really explores the river's impact on the growth of America, its impact on the environment, economy, culture, commerce, transportation, literature," explains Ben Thielemier, communications manager for the Clinton Foundation.

It explores all that through an eclectic collection of objects that Thielemier describes as "a cross-section. Just a glimpse at the incredible impact this river has had on the growth of our country."

That assemblage includes:

  • A model of the ill-fated Sultana steamboat, which burned and sank April 27, 1865, near Marion, killing roughly half of 2,400 passengers aboard. "It's a story a lot of people are not familiar with," says exhibit curator Stephanie Sims.
  • Norman Rockwell lithographs.
  • First editions of Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" and "The Prince and the Pauper."
  • A 500-pound bale of hay.
  • A steamboat whistle.
  • Blues albums.
  • Handmade instruments.
  • Copies of letters from 1927 flood survivors.

The items come from a variety of sources including the Plantation Agriculture Museum in Scott, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena-West Helena, the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Mo., and the Mississippi River Museum at Memphis' Mud Island.

"The diverse institutions we were able to work with are indicative of the diverse impact of the river on the growth of America," Thielemier says.

The exhibit is this year's Fusion: Arts + Humanities Arkansas exhibit. The program, which started three years ago, explores heritage, culture and human achievement through the lens of a single historical topic. Other topics have been the Quapaw tribe and the Louisiana Purchase. The Mississippi River, though, is big enough that Sims says, "We actually have to do it in two parts."

This exhibit focuses on America's growth. Next year will dig deeper into the culture of the southern Delta.


Advertisement

Recent Articles

Tiny Theatergoers Ride Trike To New Experiences

Tiny Theatergoers Ride Trike To New Experiences

in Entertainment News, Event News

"Hurry Up ... And Wait!," starting this weekend at Trike Theatre in Bentonville, is an original play written by Kathleen Fletcher; it's in its second production; and it's intended for 2- to 4-year-olds.

February 22, 2019 By Becca Martin-Brown

Best Bridal Shop continues adapting to changing designs and styles

Best Bridal Shop continues adapting to changing designs and styles

in Community News, Sponsored Content, Best of NWA

Bride 'N Groom has been in business for over 40 years, but continues to stay up to date on trends such as long sleeves making a comeback and a change in the most popular wedding month of the year.

February 25, 2019 By Bride 'N Groom

Steve Miller, Marty Stuart to perform at Walmart AMP

Steve Miller, Marty Stuart to perform at Walmart AMP

in Entertainment News, Event News

Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives will bring their "Classic Rock Meets Classic Country Tour" to the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in June as part of the Cox Concert Series.

February 22, 2019 By Best of Northwest Arkansas

Community celebrates Best of Northwest Arkansas - PHOTO GALLERY

Community celebrates Best of Northwest Arkansas - PHOTO GALLERY

in Food & Drink News, Community News, Entertainment News, Event News, Best of NWA

Community members and winners of the 2018 Best of Northwest Arkansas gathered Thursday, February 21st to celebrate.

February 23, 2019 By Best of Northwest Arkansas

Must Read Articles

Theater scene continues to bloom in NWA

Theater scene continues to bloom in NWA

in Entertainment News

When new theaters open -- and Northwest Arkansas is fortunate to have a lot that do -- the spaces are often innovative out of necessity.

December 17, 2018 By Lara Jo Hightower

Theater group brings Eric Carle's children's books to life

Theater group brings Eric Carle's children's books to life

in Event News

A company of two actors will perform "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," "The Mixed-Up Chameleon" and "Little Cloud" with a unique blend of black light and puppetry.

January 4, 2019 By Lara Jo Hightower

Celebrated chef Matthew Cooper returns to Arkansas roots and opens a gluten-free restaurant

Celebrated chef Matthew Cooper returns to Arkansas roots and opens a gluten-free restaurant

in Food & Drink News

The name of one of Northwest Arkansas’ most popular restaurants is literal.

November 1, 2018 By Lara Hightower

Advertisement