Crystal Bridges

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art unites art and nature in a beautiful 120 acre park setting near downtown Bentonville. The museum opened to the public in 2011 and features five centuries of art work in its permanent collection, including Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, and Andy Warhol’s Coca-Cola [3]. SAA members with receive a tour of the library, which contains more than 50,000 volumes along with some free time to view the permanent collections on their own.

David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History

The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History documents the cultural heritage of Arkansans through the collection of materials and by conducting oral history interviews, which are transcribed and made available through the Center’s website. The Center actively seeks content on a number of projects, including the William Jefferson Clinton History Project, the Arkansas Gazette Project, and the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council. View this innovative resource located within walking distance of the conference hotel on the historic Fayetteville Square.

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

The Shiloh Museum of Ozark History collects, preserves, and exhibits the images, artifacts, and history of Northwest Arkansas. During the repository tour participants will visit the research library and collections storage to see a few of the museum's many interesting holdings including a large selection of 1910s glass-plate negatives from a talented amateur photographer, nearly one-half million images from the photo morgue of two local newspapers, the papers and research files of an award-winning journalist, and documents and regalia from the local Oddfellows' lodge. SAA members will also have a chance to tour the exhibit hall, the newly restored 1871 Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church building, and the other historic buildings found on the museum's three-acre campus, including an 1850s log cabin and a 1930s barn.

University of Arkansas Special Collection

The University of Arkansas Special Collections is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017. Special Collections contains the Arkansas Collection of over 68,000 Arkansas related print titles, rare books, photographs, and manuscript collections. Manuscript collections are particularly strong in environmental issues, folklore, music, and Arkansas politics. Arkansas politician J. William Fulbright’s papers along with records from NAFSA and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provide research materials on international education and cultural exchange. The architectural archives features papers, drawings and models by world renowned architects Fay Jones and Edward Durell Stone. Get a behind the scenes look at Special Collections located at the heart of the University of Arkansas campus.

The Walmart Museum

Visit the place where Walmart began. The Walmart Museum is located in the original Walton’s 5&10 building on the historic downtown Bentonville square. The museum contains a series of physical and virtual displays of images, memorabilia, and information on the history of Walmart and the Walton family. The museum contains a working store of retro items and an old-fashioned soda fountain. SAA members will also visit the Walmart World Room overlooking the Bentonville Square and view a selection of objects from the archives.

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