Museum Book Club
Aug
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Museum Book Club

August: Historical Fiction - “Pope Joan: A Novel” by Donna Woolfolk Cross

For a thousand years, her existence has been denied. She is the legend that will not die–-Pope Joan, the ninth-century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter. Now in this riveting international bestseller, Cross brings the Middle Ages to life and paints a sweeping portrait of an unforgettable heroine who struggles against restrictions her soul cannot accept. 

Join us for discussion on August 22 at Birra-Vino's Pizza.

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Museum Book Club
Jul
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Museum Book Club

July: Biography - “The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey” by Candice Millard

In a gripping account, Millard focuses on an episode in Teddy Roosevelt's search for adventure that nearly came to a disastrous end. A South American trip that evolved into an ill-prepared journey down an unexplored tributary of the Amazon, the explorers were hampered by the failure to pack enough supplies, the absence of canoes sturdy enough for the river's rapids, an injury Roosevelt sustained which became infected with flesh-eating bacteria, as well as the cannibalistic indigenous tribe that stalked the explorers.

Join us on July 25 at 7pm for discussion!

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Budding Bubble Blowers
Jul
8
9:00am 9:00am

Budding Bubble Blowers

Join the Siloam Springs Museum as we explore and connect the past to the present through fun, educational hands-on activities during Kids' Day at the Siloam Springs Farmers Market. This next activity has us bubbling over with excitement!

On July 8, discover the history of bubble blowing - when was it that children started playing with bubbles? Then create some massive bubbles using our wands and bubble solution!

Activities and themes will vary each Kids' Day, which will occur every second Saturday May through September.

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Museum Book Club
Jun
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Museum Book Club

June: Historical Fiction – “The Hummingbird’s Daughter” by Luis Alberto Urrea

The prizewinning writer Luis Alberto Urrea's long-awaited novel is an epic mystical drama of a young woman's sudden sainthood in late 19th-century Mexico. It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream--a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with a power to heal--but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the Saint of Cabora.

Join us on June 27 at 7pm for discussion.

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Walls Talk: Historic Home Tour
Jun
22
6:30pm 6:30pm

Walls Talk: Historic Home Tour

  • 114 South College Street Siloam Springs, AR, 72761 United States (map)
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The Siloam Springs Museum is pleased to announce our upcoming event, Walls Talk: Historic Home Tour benefiting the Siloam Springs Museum. Join us on Thursday, June 22, from 6:30-8:30pm for hors d'oeuvres, desserts, drinks, the unveiling of the museum's renovation plans, and a home tour of Gloria McEnroe's house. The home, at 114 S. College St., Siloam Springs, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Maxwell-Sweet house. To attend, please purchase admission by clicking here.

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Twisting, Twirling Thaumatropes
Jun
10
9:00am 9:00am

Twisting, Twirling Thaumatropes

Join the Siloam Springs Museum as we explore and connect the past to the present through fun, educational hands-on activities during Kids' Day at the Siloam Springs Farmers Market.

On June 10th, try out a thaumatrope, which was popular optical toy during the 19th century, and then make your own to take with you.

Activities and themes will vary each Kids' Day, which will occur every second Saturday, May through September.

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Museum Book Club
May
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Museum Book Club

May Reading Selection: Nonfiction – “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson

On May 1st, 1915 the Lusitania set sail on its final voyage. That it was sunk by a German U-boat will be news to few—and Larson’s challenge is to craft a historical narrative leading up to the thrilling, if known, conclusion, building anticipation in his readers along the way. To his credit, he makes the task look easy. Dead Wake puts readers right aboard the famous Cunard liner and keeps them turning the pages until the book’s final, breathless encounter.

Join us for discussion at 28 Springs on the evening of Tuesday, May 23.

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Caring Cards: Kids Day at the Farmers Market
May
13
9:00am 9:00am

Caring Cards: Kids Day at the Farmers Market

Join the Siloam Springs Museum as we explore and connect the past to the present through fun, educational hands-on activities during Kids' Day at the Siloam Springs Farmers Market.

On May 13th, come learn about the history of Mother’s Day and make a vintage style card for your mom, grandmother, or any important “mom” in your life.

Activities and themes will vary each Kids' Day, which will occur every second Saturday, May through October.

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World War I: Here and There Special Exhibit
May
2
to Jul 15

World War I: Here and There Special Exhibit

Join the Siloam Springs Museum as we focus on Arkansas Heritage Month's theme, “A State of War: Arkansas Remembers WWI” in our current special exhibit "WWI: Here and There." Discover the experiences of Siloam Springs locals, whether at the home front or at the battlefront in our exhibit from May 2-July 15.

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Museum Book Club
Apr
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Museum Book Club

April Book Selection: Historical Fiction – “A Morbid Taste for Bones” by Ellis Peters  

Join us as we discuss a book from Ellis Peters’ highly popular series of medieval mysteries which follow Brother Cadfael, a Benedictine monk at the Abbey in Shrewsbury, as he solves crimes during the 1130’s-1140’s. In the first mystery in the series, “A Morbid Taste for Bones,” the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey wants to acquire Saint Winifred's sacred remains for his Benedictine order. And when the ensuing controversy leads to murder, Brother Cadfael investigates.

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Historic Downtown Walking Tour
Apr
22
3:30pm 3:30pm

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Tour will by led by Museum Director of Collections and Research Don Warden. Using copies of historic photographs to illustrate changes in the downtown, this tour contains highlights from the 1950’s-1970’s, including the 1974 flood.

Tour starts at the Siloam Springs Museum at 112 N. Maxwell St. For more information, call 479-524-4011.

 

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Victorian Tea Party
Apr
8
3:30pm 3:30pm

Victorian Tea Party

We are sold out of tickets for the Victorian Tea Party. We hope you will join us the next time we host a tea party. If you would like to be added to our quarterly newsletter list to stay up-to-date on our upcoming events, please email Karin at karin@siloamspringsmuseum.com.

We cordially invite you to come experience a refined and tasty pastime – afternoon tea. Complete with elegant décor and an assortment of delicate tea cups and saucers, indulge in our Victorian inspired tea time at the Inn at the Springs. Scrumptious finger foods and tea will be served during a short program on the history of afternoon tea and Victorian manners. A Victorian-style paper craft to follow. Hats and gloves encouraged.

Seating is limited so reservations are required. Purchase tickets by clicking on the teacup image to the right or visit the museum at 112 N. Maxwell, Siloam Springs. For more information, please call the Siloam Springs Museum at 479-524-4011.

Tickets are $18/adult, $15/child (up to age 12). Recommended for ages 5 on up.

 

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Museum Book Club
Mar
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Museum Book Club

March: Memoir – “Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy” by Frances Mayes

Twenty years ago, Frances Mayes--widely published poet, gourmet cook, and travel writer--introduced readers to a wondrous new world when she bought and restored an abandoned villa called Bramasole in the spectacular Tuscan countryside. In this memoir, Frances Mayes reveals the sensual pleasure she found living in rural Italy, and the generous spirit she brought with her.

Join us on the evening of the 28th for discussion of "Under the Tuscan Sun." Guests are welcome to have dinner during book club (though it is not necessary). Those who prefer to eat dinner earlier may arrive and dine in our reserved room at Birra-Vino's Pizzeria as early as 6pm.

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Museum Book Club
Feb
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Museum Book Club

February: Historical Fiction - “The Lions of Little Rock” by Kristin Levine

In Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1958, as politicians rage for and against the struggle to integrate schools, Marlee has struggled with a painful shyness when she makes friends with Lizzie. Then suddenly Liz is removed from school after it's discovered that she is a light-skinned African American who was passing for white. Liz and Marlee's attempts at remaining friends mean danger for their whole families. In the process of fighting to keep her friend, Marlee and those around her learn the value of speaking up against injustice.

Written for middle school students, the book has also been recommended by adult book clubs and college lit classes. Join us on Feb. 28 as we discuss the book and the desegregation crisis of the 1950's in Little Rock.

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Museum Book Club
Jan
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

Museum Book Club

The December/January reading selection will be "Seven Years in Tibet" by Heinrich Harrer. In this vivid memoir that has sold millions of copies worldwide, Heinrich Harrer recounts his adventures as one of the first Europeans ever to enter Tibet and encounter the Dalai Lama.

The book club will not meet in December, but join us for discussion on "Seven Years in Tibet" in January.

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Holiday Open House
Dec
3
4:00pm 4:00pm

Holiday Open House

Join us for refreshments and vintage holiday spirit during our holiday open house before the Christmas Parade downtown. Take time to view our special exhibit "Toy Stories: A Local History of Play" and try out a few fun games!

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Museum Book Club
Nov
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Museum Book Club

Looking for a fun way to learn more about history. Try out the Siloam Springs Museum’s Book Club, which centers on historical fiction and nonfiction.

November’s book is a novel called "Zeke and Ned" by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. This historical Western focuses on the Cherokee struggle for independence following the Civil War through the lives of Ezekiel Proctor and Ned Christie, the last Cherokee warriors. Though the story is fictionalized, these men existed and played a part in our local and regional history.

 Discussion on the book will be at Inn at the Springs on November 22. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please call 479-524-4011 or email Karin@siloamspringsmuseum.com

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The Trail of Tears in Benton County
Nov
19
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Trail of Tears in Benton County

In observance of Native American History month, the Siloam Springs Museum is hosting the program, “The Trail of Tears in Benton County,” presented by Monte Harris, Adult Education Coordinator of the Rogers Historical Museum. She will share her knowledge and research on significant events and locations in Benton County that relate to the Trail of Tears, which was the forced removal of Native American tribes from the Southeastern United States to Oklahoma.

For more information, call the museum at 479-524-4011.

 

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Toy Stories: A Local History of Play
Nov
19
to Jan 14

Toy Stories: A Local History of Play

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Come on Saturday, November 19th for the opening of our special exhibit on toys to discover what children of yesteryear did for playtime. From dolls to trains, to games and cars, the museum’s special exhibit features toys from a simpler time. Hands-on activities with classic toys, such as Lincoln Logs, are available in the exhibit.

Missed the opening? The exhibit will be on display until Saturday, January 14th. Have friends and family visiting around the holidays? Bring them along to learn about this fun piece of history!

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Museum Book Club
Oct
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

Museum Book Club

Interested in learning more about history, especially in the presence of good friends and food? Join the Siloam Springs Museum’s Book Club, which centers on historical fiction and nonfiction. We meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month at Inn at the Springs in Siloam Springs.

Join us on October 25 at 7pm for a discussion on "Bad Girls" by Jan Stradling.

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Oktoberfest: Tap Into History
Oct
15
7:30pm 7:30pm

Oktoberfest: Tap Into History

Enjoy an Oktoberfest themed pub crawl with a side of local history. Tickets include three pours at downtown venues and tidbits of Siloam Springs' German heritage. Evening begins at Creekside Taproom on the corner of Mt. Olive and Alpine St. and continues to the Siloam Springs Museum, 28 Springs, and at the Inn at the Springs for drinks, music, and games. 

Tickets $25. Must be 21 or over and show ID. Ticket includes three drinks (beer or soda) and soft pretzel. Proceeds support the Siloam Springs Museum.

Added Bonus: Receive an Individual Membership to the Siloam Springs Museum with each purchase of a ticket (a $15 value)!

Tickets will not be shipped to participants but will instead be available at will call at the Creekside Taproom the night of the event. For more information, call 479-524-4011. Tickets will still be available for purchase the night of the event starting at 7:30pm at our booth at the Creekside Taproom but avoid the hassle of standing in line and purchase online! Tickets are available online until 5pm on Oct. 15th.

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Pictographs: Drawing from the Past
Oct
8
10:00am10:00am

Pictographs: Drawing from the Past

Did you know that pictographs, which are images that were painted onto rock by Native Americans, can be found in Arkansas? Learn about this intriguing piece of history while visiting our booth at the Homegrown Festival in downtown Siloam Springs. Then re-create images and motifs of rock art or design your own symbols with chalk on our sidewalk space.

This will be the last Kids’ Day of the year with the Siloam Springs Farmers Market. Be sure to join in on the fun!

 

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Museum Book Club
Sep
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Museum Book Club

Interested in learning more about history, especially in the presence of good friends and food? Join the Siloam Springs Museum’s Book Club, which centers on historical fiction and nonfiction.

September’s book is a novel called "Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline. Learn about an intriguing part of history that you might not have heard about before: the orphan trains which from the 1850’s to the 1920’s took homeless children in eastern US cities out to the Mid-West to find foster families. Though fictionalized, the novel’s storyline was drawn from accounts by those who were orphan train children.

 Discussion on the book will be at Inn at the Springs on September 27. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please call 479-524-4011 or email Karin@siloamspringsmuseum.com

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Historic Downtown Walking Tour
Sep
17
10:00am10:00am

Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Discover Siloam Springs' rich history with Museum Director Don Warden. Don will use copies of historic photographs from the museum's collection to illustrate changes in the downtown over Siloam Springs’ 135 year history. Tour starts at the museum at 112 N. Maxwell Street. For more information, call 479-524-4011.

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