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Tours and Special Events


Conference Tour 1: Fighting For Freedom

Wednesday, June 19

8:30 am-5:00pm

This tour will include visits to sites associated with the 1st Kansas, the first African American regiment to engage in combat during the Civil War. Sites to be visited on the tour include Posion Springs and Jenkins Ferry, which were battlesfields on which the regiment fought. The tour will also visit Pine Bluff where the regiment was mustered out. There, the tour will also explore how the fight for freedom continued after the Civil War as African Americans sought education, economic, and social opportunities that were essential to their quest for self-determination. Tour includes lunch.


Explore Little Rock by Trolley

Friday, June 21

5:30 pm-8:30 pm

Enjoy downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock at your leisure by riding on the River Rail Electric Streetcar Trolley. Be sure to stop by the Old State House Museum and Historic Arkansas Museum, which will have extended hours and special treats for our group that evening.


Conference Tour 2: The Arkansas Delta

Saturday, June 22

8:00 am-9:00 pm 

The tour will explore the history and culture of the Arkansas Delta with a visit to Helena, Arkansas. Participants will have the day to explore interpretive sites that collectively tell the story of Helena during the Civil War. Blues music enthusiasts can also explore the area's rich music heritage by standing at the Devil's Crossroads and visiting the Delta Cultural Center. Tour includes lunch and dinner.