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Celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month at TMS

Celebrate Arkansas Heritage Month at TMS

Texarkana, USA – Beginning May 1, 2018, the Texarkana Museums System will present a series of exhibits and programs honoring this year’s Arkansas Heritage Month theme, “Off the Beaten Path: Explore and Enjoy Arkansas’s Natural Heritage.”  Programs will be held on May 5 at the Museum of Regional History and May 26 at the P. J. Ahern Home Museum. The exhibit “Birds of Arkansas: The Gardner Egg Collection,” will be on display as part of regular tours at the P. J. Ahern Home beginning May 5 and continuing until July 1, 2018.

May is Arkansas Heritage Month. To celebrate, TMS is offering programs and exhibits connecting Arkansas’ history and natural heritage. “Birds of Arkansas” is a month-long series of family-friendly programs focusing on regional bird populations.

A central feature of this month’s activities is a special exhibit of the Charles Gardner Egg Collection. These eggs were collected in the 1930s and 1940s by special license and feature a variety of birds still found in our region. Admission is $5. Tour times are Tuesday – Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:25 p.m. or Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 4:25 p.m. TMS Members free.

On May 5, from 1 – 3 p.m.,  the Museum of Regional History will present, “Collecting Bird Data as a Citizen Scientist.” Participants will learn how to use current technology to collection data on local bird populations as well as how to share that data with professional researchers. Refreshments and materials included. Cost is $8 each or free to TMS Members.  Call to register.

Finally, on May 26, the P. J. Ahern Home will present, “Bird Watching in Your Backyard,” a beginner’s guide to finding, identifying, and documenting local birds. Refreshments and all materials included. Cost is $8 each or free to TMS Members. Call to register.

“Preservation is a broad concept that covers a variety of areas,” said TMS Curator, Jamie Simmons. “The focus for TMS programs during Heritage Month this year is on the connection between local history and local landscape.”

Each year, the Department of Arkansas Heritage sponsors Heritage Month to celebrate the state’s unique character. These programs were made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage, funded by your ⅛ cent conservation tax, Amendment 75 (AR).

The P. J. Ahern Home Museum is a 1905 Classical Revival Mansion located in the Quality Hill Historic District in Texarkana, Arkansas. The Ahern Home hosts exhibits, programs, events and activities every 4th Saturday of the month. For more information about these or future events, call 903-793-4831, visit www.texarkanamuseums.org or find us on Facebook.

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