Museum Seeks Material Belonging to Ex-Arkansas Governors

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Old State House Museum at Little Rock wants friends and families of former Arkansas governors to give up the goods on ex-occupants of the Governor's Mansion.

The downtown museum, which is in the building that once served as the state capitol, wants to add to its First Families of Arkansas exhibit.  It seeks artifacts and photographs to better tell the stories of the state's governors and their families.

An expanded exhibit is scheduled to open in winter 2008.  The current exhibition includes political buttons that belonged to Governor Winthrop Rockefeller and an ashtray from Governor Carl Bailey's office.  Museum officials said donated artifacts would be documented, maintained and exhibited according to best practices in the museum profession.

Artifacts currently on display include Betty Bumpers' wedding dress, Governor Jim Guy Tucker's desk, Governor Sid McMath's World War II helmet and Governor Joe T. Robinson's cane.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)