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Welcome to the new CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas

The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is updated regularly to ensure the people of Arkansas have an accurate and accessible resource to explore our heritage. It will also benefit people outside the state who are seeking information about Arkansas. We invite you to browse our text entries and media galleries to learn more about the people, places, events, legends, and lore of the 25th state. The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a work in progress. We are continually adding new entries, photographs, maps, videos, and audio files, so check back frequently to see what’s new.

Photo Of The Day
William Claude Bradford

William Claude Bradford (front, leaning on truck), shown with other members of the 142nd Field Artillery during training in France, was assistant adjutant general of the Arkansas National Guard when it was mobilized for service in World War I. Bradford, a native of Lonoke County, also commanded Camp Guthrie, a demobilization camp in France.

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This Day in Arkansas History
May 26, 1940

Mark Lavon “Levon” Helm was born outside Elaine (Phillips County). Helm is best known as the drummer and singer for the Canadian rock group the Band. Following the demise of the Band, he continued to have a successful career leading his own band, as well as acting in numerous motion pictures. In 1993, Helm, with rock writer Stephen Davis, published a book about the Band’s rise to fame, This Wheel’s on Fire. In 1994, Helm was inducted along with the other members of the Band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Helm died of cancer in April 2012.

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