Children Portraits at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville​, Arkansas)

The manner a society relates to children is telling for its economic and cultural level, in other words, for its developmental stage. A liberal society will tend to be more empowering towards its children, whereas a conservative society will focus on the obedience of children. This simple idea is clearly expressed by the children portraits displayed…

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park (Little Rock, Arkansas, USA)

On President Clinton Avenue at No. 1200, in the heart of the vibrant River Market area of Little Rock, Arkansas, the visitor finds The William J. Clinton Presidential Center. The building has a transparent, modern, aerial structure, echoing the nearby bridge over the Arkansas River. The Center was planned by architects James Polshek and Richard…

Public Spaces for Reading and Research in Fayetteville (NW Arkansas, USA)

While the visitor can have access to the libraries of the Arkansas University, located throughout the campus, in this article we present two of Fayetteville`s facilities which are meant for wide public access, irrespective of the focus of study or interest. One of them is The Fayetteville Public Library, also known as the Blair Library;…

A Very Short History of an Old Fayetteville-Arkansas Street: Dickson Street

If you look on a map of the Fayetteville`s downtown, there is a long street that has as boundaries, Garland Avenue to the North, and College Avenue to the South. This is Dickson Street, divided into the Eastern and Western side, as it crosses the town, from east to west. The history of this street,…

Books Paradises of Dickson Street, Fayetteville (NW Arkansas, USA)

Dickson Street is considered the entertainment part of Fayetteville, by locals and students of Arkansas University* alike. Lots of bars, restaurants, and small designer shops are located on this street, one of the oldest in town. There are festivals going on there every season, and everywhere you stumble upon a doggie (Fayettevillians are renown as…

Houses of Eureka Springs (North-West Arkansas, USA)

Eureka Springs used to be a spot known for its curing springs, but today it is mostly known for its excellently preserved old houses (i.e. dating from the last decades of the nineteenth century). The local springs, which were known as early as the Civil War time (i.e. many wounded soldiers spent their convalescence here), have…

Slovak Pioneers in the Prairie lands (Eastern Arkansas, USA)

In the last decade of the nineteenth century, struggling Slovak coal-miners and farmers of the north-eastern USA (e.g. Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois) pay heed to the advertisements in Slovak promoted by the National Slovak Society which was presenting agricultural settlements in Arkansas. The so-called `colonization companies` of the time were buying land in the remote rural…

A Jewel of Eureka Springs: Saint Elizabeth Of Hungary Catholic Church

The visitor finds an interesting church hidden behind the majestic Crescent Hotel, where once stood its terraced gardens. What first calls the attention is the blend of architectural styles, Byzantine, Gothic and Romanesque visible in two adjoining constructions, as well as in the bell-tower. The Byzantine-style building has a rotunda-like roof, and its exterior resemblance…

Architecture by E.Fay Jones and Frank Lloyd Wright in North West Arkansas

Euine Fay Jones (1921-2004), a native of Pine Bluff (South-East Arkansas) and the first dean of the Architecture Department at Arkansas University, was one of the most known apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright, the American modernist architect who established what was later known as the prairie school of design. Prairie School was the Northern American…

Iconic Buildings of the University of Arkansas Campus: Old Main and Carnall Hall

Old Main is the affectionate name given to the oldest building on the campus of the Arkansas University. The University itself started after the turmoil of the Civil War in the area as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871. The first classes were held in 1872 in unassuming buildings built hastily after the battles the Union…