From cooking classes and cook-offs to festivals and writing workshops, 13 Arkansas communities are hosting 15 programs and activities to celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month. These activities are being funded with grants from the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH).

From cooking classes and cook-offs to festivals and writing workshops, 13 Arkansas communities are hosting 15 programs and activities to celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month. These activities are being funded with grants from the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH).

DAH promotes the annual Arkansas Heritage Month observance in May. Heritage Month celebrates our state’s history and culture by highlighting a specific aspect of Arkansas’s heritage. This year’s Heritage Month theme, “Come to the Table: Celebrating the Flavors of Arkansas,” recognizes the rich culture surrounding Arkansas food and agriculture.

A complete list of Heritage Month events can be found The following organizations received Heritage Month grants and are hosting some of the many events planned during May:

Old Independence Regional Museum
380 S. 9th St.
Batesville, Arkansas 72051
Contact: Amanda Nikkel 870-793-2121

Event: Pioneer Cooking – School Event, May 1-31; 9 a.m

School groups visiting the museum as part of this program will learn how to cook like a pioneer through Dutch oven demonstrations and open-hearth cooking. Students will help prepare and get to sample the dishes they make. The program is designed for student groups; registration is required

Friends of the Rogers Historical Museum
322 S. Second St.
Rogers, Arkansas 72756
Grantee contact: John

Burroughs 479-621-1154
Event contact: Terrilyn Wendling 479-621-1154

Event: What's Cookin', May 3 -31; 10 a.m.

This event will feature guided tours of the 1895 Hawkins House and will focus on the changes in cooking trends from the 1800s to the 1900s. Regional Foodways, an exhibit exploring the changing tastes of northwest Arkansas residents, will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mount Judea Area Alliance, Inc.
P.O. Box 6
Mount Judea, Arkansas 72655
Grantee contact: Donna Dodson 870-434-5474
Event contact: Sharon Pierce 870-434-5508

Event: Mount Judea Heritage Day, May 3; 9 a.m.

This event, held at the Mount Judea School, will have something for everyone, including a Dutch Oven Cook-off and a Horseshoe Tournament. Visitors will enjoy games for the kids, a craft fair and live music.

Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society 
P.O. Box 249
Berryville, Arkansas 72616-0249
Contact: Vineta Wingate 870-480-7004

Event: A Night at the Museum: A Taste of Civil War, May 3; 4 p.m.

A Civil War encampment in Pioneer Park features living historians demonstrating throughout the area. There are special displays and a scavenger hunt in the museum. A meal of beans and ham, Johnnycakes and gingerbread will be served fireside, topped off with music from the Civil War era.

Northeast Arkansas Master Naturalists
60 Hwy 194 North
P.O. Box 1110
Parkin, Arkansas 72373
Contact: Mel Harvey 870-755-2500

Event: Arkansas Heritage Month School Days, May 5-9; 9:30 a.m.

Parkin Archeological State Park will host four Heritage Month School Days where students will explore the foodways of the native inhabitants of Parkin by helping start a 3-sisters garden, sampling traditional American

Indian ingredients, and learning about gathering, hunting and fishing.

Ouachita Chapter, Arkansas Archeological Society
4 Victoria Lane
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 71909
Contact: Janice Fisher 501-588-0119

Event: What’s for Supper? Native American Food in the Ouachita Mountains,

May 6; 4 p.m.

This children-oriented book reading and show-and-tell at the Garland County Library in Hot Springs was designed for grade-school students using a book developed by the Ouachita Chapter of the Arkansas Archeological Society, based on a June 2013 dig in the Ouachita National Forest.

Jackson County Historical Society
P.O. Box 711
Newport, Arkansas 72112
Grantee contact: Elizabeth Jacoway 870-217-2431
Event contact: Matt Manos  870-523-2143

Event: The Traditions of Arkansas Food, May 8-9; 9 a.m. to noon

Jacksonport State Park hosts this event to help educate visitors about the roots and traditions of foods in Arkansas and in the Newport area.

Main Street Arkansas
P.O. Box 631
Texarkana, Texas 75504
Contact: Ina McDowell 903-792-7191

Event: Progressive Downtown Tasting; May 10; time to be announced.

A progressive dinner in downtown Texarkana will highlight the historic homes and foods of the area.

Fayetteville Public Library 
401 Mountain St.
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Contact: Heather Robideaux 479-856-7207

Event: Flavors of the Ozarks: Linking Past to Present, May 10; 9 a.m.

This daylong celebration of Ozark food heritage includes a panel discussion about Ozark food tradition and culture, a writing workshop that will show how to preserve your family history through favorite family recipes, and a Dutch oven cooking demonstration. During the month, the library will collect classic Ozark recipes for a digital cookbook that will be accessible from our library catalog.

Texarkana Museum System
P.O. Box 2343
Texarkana, Texas 75504
Contact: Jamie Simmons 903-793-4831

Events: Tour Historic Downtown Texarkana, May 10; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Explore little-seen areas of historic downtown Texarkana with this tour of historic buildings. Local building owners will open their properties to the public for a rare opportunity to explore Texarkana’s architectural history.

Guided or self-guided tours are available. Wear your walking shoes!

Texarkana Cooks: Historic Foodways of Texarkana, May 10.

Explore Texarkana's diverse food traditions at the P.J. Ahern Home Museum with this exhibit featuring vintage cookbooks, menus, fun kitchen tools from the past and much more. Living history characters share the history of food production, preparation and service in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Calico Rock Museum Foundation
102 Main St.
Calico Rock, Arkansas 72519
Contact: Steven Mitchell 870-297-8799

Event: Come to the Table: The Flavors of Calico Rock, May 10; 11 a.m.

Take a look at how food was brought from the farm to the table from the time of early settlers to the modern era in and around Calico Rock, including a commemoration of the Calico Rock Canning Company.

Friends of the Faulkner County Library
1900 Tyler St.
Conway, Arkansas 72032
Contact: Nancy Allen 501-327-7482

Event: Backyard Gourmet: Beans, Greens and Cornbread, May 17; 5 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of music and contra dancing at the Faulkner County Library in celebration of the garden. Hendrix College catering staff and Conway High School students will prepare of meal of greens, beans and cornbread from ingredients grown in the Urban Farm Project's garden (at the rear of the library). Guests are invited to bring a dessert to share.

The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow
515 Spring St.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
Contact: Linda Caldwell 479-253-7444

Event: Tales from the Table: Arkansas Stories, May 17.

Paula Morell, producer of “Tales from the South,” will conduct a workshop on writing stories for broadcast and select stories from the workshop for a broadcast aired on June 8, based on the theme “Tales from the Table – Arkansas Stories.”

Anthropology Club at UALR
407 President Clinton Avenue, Suite 202
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Contact: Kimberly Kaczenski 501-320-5780

Event: Arkansas Food Festival, May 19; Location and time TBD.

This food festival celebrating local Arkansas foodstuffs will also incorporate student posters exhibiting local and regional foodways and customs within the state.

Friends of the Faulkner County Museum
P.O. Box 2442
Conway, Arkansas 72034
Contact: Lynita Langley-Ware 501-329-5918

Event: My Granny Used To... , May 31; 10 a.m.

This heritage foods festival will be held at the Faulkner County Museum and will feature hands-on demonstrations of historic food preservation and preparation techniques.