Little Exhibit, Big Deal

Unique objects from Louisiana Purchase together in Little Rock

Posted: February 25, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Ed Williams, right, with Early Arkansaw Re-enactors Association, holds steady a replica his group built of the Aux Arc keel boat, as workers with Campbell Sheet Metal install it in front of the Clinton Presidential Center. The original boat was used by William Dunbar and George Hunter in 1804 to chart the Red, Black and Ouachita Rivers on an expedition to Hot Springs shortly after the Louisiana Purchase. The replica is part of an exhibit featuring artifacts from the Hunter/Dunbar Expedition.

Aging pieces of paper. A knife and fork. A portrait of Napoleon.

William Dunbar and George Hunter were sent to what is now Arkansas and Louisiana to explore the Ouachita and “the boiling springs” after the Louisiana...

Documents from the Louisiana Purchase are on display at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.


‘The Great Exhibition’

WHEN — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday through March 4

WHERE — Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock

COST — $6-$10

INFO — 501-374-4242

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