January 1 through December 31, 2012
This inaugural presentation in the Museum’s Community Showcase features objects from the collections of six regional colleague institutions. Crystal Bridges invited each of the partner museums to select from their collection items that chronicle daily life in different periods of our region’s history.
These historic artifacts—including tools, weapons, clothing, medical artifacts, and entertainments—provide insights into daily life for the inhabitants of our region from prehistory to the present. To each display, Crystal Bridges has added reproductions of key paintings from our collection to offer further context to our region’s historical development.
We invite you to learn about the people, culture, and history of our Northwest Arkansas region, and we hope that you will be inspired to visit often our fine colleague institutions.
The University Museum, University of Arkansas
The University Museum houses extensive collections in archaeology, ethnography, geology, history, and zoology, with an emphasis on the natural and cultural history of Arkansas. Archaeological artifacts can be viewed at the University of Arkansas Collections Facility located on the University of Arkansas Experimental Farm in Fayetteville. In addition, a changing exhibit can be viewed on the fifth floor of Old Main on the University campus. The collections are available for exhibition, research, and loan.
479-575-3456 • fulbright.uark.edu/collections
Museum of Native American History
The Museum of Native American History in Bentonville offers a “Walk Through America’s Past” in which visitors get a glimpse of what life was like for America’s first inhabitants. The museum is divided into five different time periods to guide viewers through the ever-changing lives of the Native Americans, as seen through their artifacts. The exhibits feature objects dating from prehistoric to modern times (12,000 BC – 1940 AD).
479-273-2456 • monah.us
Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History features a variety of exhibits showcasing the region’s native peoples, pioneers, the Civil War, the fruit and timber industries, and traditional Ozark folk life. Located in downtown Springdale, the museum takes its name from the pioneer community of Shiloh, which became Springdale in the 1870s. Along with the exhibitions, visitors can explore six historic buildings on the museum grounds, including a log cabin, a barn, an outhouse, and a town home of the 1940s. The Shiloh Museum also houses a research library with a collection of over 700,000 photographs of Ozark life.
479-750-8165 • shilohmuseum.org
Pea Ridge National Military Park
Pea Ridge, AR
Pea Ridge National Military Park was established in 1956 to commemorate and preserve the Battle of Pea Ridge, which took place March 7–8, 1862. Today, Pea Ridge National Military Park stands as a monument to the soldiers—both blue and gray—that fought in the battle, and to those soldiers that never returned home. The 4,300-acre battlefield is recognized as one of the most well-preserved and pristine Civil War battlefields in the United States.
479-451-8122 • nps.gov/peri/index.htm
Rogers Historical Museum
The Rogers Historical Museum collection includes 40,000 objects from across Benton County, ranging from doctor’s tools to the suitcase of entertainer Will Rogers’ wife, Betty Blake Rogers. Together these objects represent life in Benton County from the 1880s to today. In its entirety, the collection demonstrates how Benton County has changed from a small community based on the San Francisco Saint Louis (Frisco) Railroad and the apple industry to modern manufacturing, retail businesses, and poultry.
479-621-1154 • rogersarkansas.com/museum
The Walmart Visitor Center
The Walmart Visitor Center on the square in downtown Bentonville features artifacts and interactive displays for visitors of all ages. Sam’s famous pickup truck and his office, just as it was in 1992 when he led the company into global retailing, are just two of the unique displays at the Visitor Center. Also featured are videos and family-friendly exhibits that share the “secrets” of Walmart’s success.
479-273-1329 • walmartstores.com/aboutus/287.aspx