Becoming Arkansas-A Celebration of Arkansas’ Territorial Bicentennial


The 2019 Candlelight Gala will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5, on the ground of Historic Arkansas Museum in downtown Little Rock. This tented fete is hosted by the Historic Arkansas Museum Foundation Board of Directors and will raise money for the museum’s Future of History Fund.

The Future of History Fund supports programs and initiatives that provide school groups from around the state with face to face, interactive experiences with history. The fund seeks to inspire the next generation of Arkansas history lovers. Since the fund began, to honor former museum director Bill Worthen, it has underwritten field trips for more than 20,000 kids. The goal is to expand the program so that even more schoolkids from every part of the state for years to come have the opportunity to be inspired.

This year’s Candlelight Gala celebrates 200 years since Arkansas became a U.S. territory. The Gala is the museum’s premier fundraising event, featuring silent and live auctions, along with a seated dinner. Auctions items include many Arkansas-made treasures, including a hand-strung, turquoise necklace with Arkansas-sourced turquoise from Laura Stanley Personal Jeweler — exclusive to the Candlelight Gala. Trips, parties, Arkansas art, dining and unique experiences such as “Blacksmith for a Day” and “Pioneer Birthday Party” round out the auction. Guests will dazzle in semi-formal attire and enjoy an all-Arkansas meal with locally sourced ingredients, created by Chef Mary Beth Ringgold.

Tickets are $200. Reserved tables of 10 are $2,000. Sponsor opportunities are available. For more information, contact Historic Arkansas Museum at 501-324-9351 or

Source: Historic Arkansas Museum