Public Programs

FPP Program Note 2020

March 2020

First Person Plural is bringing Rachel Seidman, director of the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina and author of Speaking of Feminism (University of North Carolina Press, 2019), to Little Rock and Conway, March 4–5, 2020.

The Southern Oral History Program (SOHP), one of the oldest oral history collections in the country, has a distinguished record in regional documentation in many areas. These include complex views of community history, exploration of issues surrounding the long struggle of the civil rights movement, multi-generational perspectives on the women’s movement, and other enduring issues such as access to medical care. The SOHP also encourages creative use of its collections in public history projects. It has been a particularly significant model for our work in the First Person Plural project.

We are pleased to join with colleagues at the Clinton School of Public Service, Esse Purse Museum, University of Central Arkansas, UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture, the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas, and Just Communities of Arkansas to welcome Dr. Seidman.

Look for additional publicity from our collaborators shortly and plan to join us at one or more of these events:

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Lecture and book-signing
Sturgis Hall
Clinton School of Public Service
Little Rock

Thursday, March 5, 2020
8:30–9:30 a.m.
Informal visit and behind-the-scenes tour
Esse Purse Museum
1510 Main Street
Little Rock

Thursday, March 5, 2020
6:00–7:30 p.m.
Talk on oral history and public history for students and general audiences
Business Administration Auditorium
University of Central Arkansas

Thanks to Esse Purse Museum for support of Dr. Seidman’s visit to Arkansas.

2019 First Person Plural Exhibit Schedule at the Central Arkansas Library System Branches

For location information, go to and click on Visit Us.

March 11–23, Amy Sanders Library, Sherwood

April 1–13, Maumelle Library, Maumelle

April 22–May 4, Adolphine Fletcher Terry Library, Little Rock

May 13–25, Esther DeWitt Nixon Library, Jacksonville

June 4–16, Millie Brooks Library, Wrightsville

June 25–July 7, Sue Cowan Williams Library, Little Rock

August 26–September 7, Main Library, Little Rock

September 16–28, Max Milam Library, Perryville

October 7–19, Roosevelt Thompson Library, Little Rock

Some of the exhibit periods will include living-history performances portraying Adolphine Fletcher Terry, a Little Rock woman active in many areas of civic reform (courtesy of the Old State House Museum), and women’s suffrage lectures by Dr. Johanna Miller Lewis of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Check the CALS website at for specific program dates and any additional exhibit listings.

Winter 2019

In collaboration with statewide museums and colleges, First Person Plural coordinated a speakers’ bureau at three sites in 2018.


The First Person Plural traveling exhibit featuring Dr. Hampton and other project participants from across the state will also be on view.

In collaboration with Little Rock area institutions, we brought in artist-scholar Erin Bernard, developer of the Philadelphia History Truck, in March 2017.

First Person Plural public programs are supported in part by the Central Arkansas Library System.