A free symposium on Arkansas in the 1800s will be held Saturday at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History to help people better understand the historical events that have shaped the state in the 21st century.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"The 1800’s was a time of great change, challenge, and conflict in Arkansas," said said Danna Kay Duggar, museum director. "First, Arkansas was witness to the forced migration of Native Americans thru its borders."

Following close on the heels of the Native Americans, Arkansans saw the heels of Union and Confederate soldiers as they marched thru the state with the outbreak of the Civil War, she said.

"Join us as we present a symposium focusing on the ‘current events’ of the 1800’s. Then we’ll fast forward to current day and discuss how those events shaped Arkansas and its people in the 21st century," said Duggar.

The following is a schedule of events of the day:

Speakers and topics:

9:30 a.m. — Carolyn Kent: "They Passed This Way."

Kent will talk about the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muscogee Creeks and Cherokee peoples that were removed through Jacksonville in the 1830s. The lecture will include firsthand accounts from military conductors and how Reed’s Bridge played into the event.

10:30 a.m. — Mary Jane Warde " A Different Civil War"

The discussion will focus on the three ways in which the Civil War in the Indian Territory was different from the Civil War back east and even in neighboring Arkansas. It is based on material discussed from Ms. Warde new book "When the Wolf Came: The Civil War and the Indian Territory" The book is available thru U of A Press.

1 p.m.— Tony Rose: "Researching Arkansas History at the Sequoyah Center"

Arkansas family history is known to exist in large amounts among the records of the Five Civilized Tribes (Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Seminole, and Muscogee [Creek]). Rose will talk about the ongoing work at the Sequoyah Center that will create a searchable database of information that can be placed on the SNRC web site to assist Arkansas families in researching the validity of oral family histories involving Native American ancestry.

For more information, call 241-1943.

— Greg Rayburn