RFP for Maurice and Libbey Bathhouses
Requests for Proposals for the Maurice and Libbey Bathhouses are being accepted from 7/7/14 to 1/30/15. Click on the "Management" link in the left column for more information.
Hot Springs National Park regrets to announce that the elevator in the Fordyce Visitor Center is closed for maintenance. The upper and lower levels are accessible only by stairways. The elevator will be placed back into service in about 4 to 6 weeks.
2015 Artist-in-Residence Program Cancelled
Due to the 100th anniversary celebration for the Fordyce Bathhouse, there will be no Artist-in-Residence program at Hot Springs National Park for 2015. Check back later next year for announcements and application information for the 2016 AIR program.
Civil War Living History Days
April 26-27, 2012
Hot Springs, 1862--The War had begun to have an impact: by limiting supplies; men were going to fight for both sides, leaving women, children, and elderly men behind; and for three weeks, Governor Rector moved the state records to his hotel/bathhouse for safekeeping. Students will be able to interact with living history characters to hear their stories. Reserve a spot for your class to attend the living history presentations as you rotate to different stations. Rotations will be assigned.
Classes will rotate between six stations with one rotation beginning at 9 and ending at 10:45, and another rotation beginning at 10:45 a.m. and ending at 1:30 each day. Here's a taste of what you can expect:
• Susan Scott Gaskin, wife of a Unionist-What were the implications for a Unionist's family in a Confederate state?
• How I got my Enfield rifle-Hear the story of a new Confederate recruit
• One Dress, Civil War-Those left at home had to make do with very little. Find out how a woman with only one dress would make it work for all occasions.
• Civil War Medicine-What kind of injuries did the weapons make and how were wounds treated?
Fill out a reservation form and e-mail it to the education coordinator. Six different classes will start at 9 and at 10:45. If you are planning to bring several classes, please make a reservation early.
Did You Know?
On June 10, 1936, President and Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Hot Springs National Park and toured the Fordyce Bathhouse as part of the Arkansas centennial celebration. FDR used the baths at Warm Springs, Georgia, on a regular basis to relieve his polio. He never bathed in Hot Springs.