by Max Brantley
The exhibit, "Lee and Grant," is coming Nov. 13-Jan. 9 to the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, courtesy of Warren and Harriet Stephens, Stephens Inc. and Entergy. Little Rock is one of 10 cities on the tour of the popular exhibit. Admission will be free.
(Union still wins).
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History in Little Rock will present the acclaimed “Lee and Grant” exhibition from November 13 through January 9.
Little Rock is one of only 10 cities in the country selected to be part of the nationally renowned “Lee and Grant” exhibit designed for smaller museums. The exhibit comes to Little Rock through the generous support of presenting sponsors Harriet and Warren Stephens, Stephens, Inc. and Entergy Arkansas, Inc. Admission will be free.
The exhibit “Lee and Grant” explores the lives, careers, and historical impact of the Civil War Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant. It also encourages audiences to move beyond the traditional mythology of both men and rediscover them within the context of their own time—based on their own words and those of their contemporaries. “Lee and Grant” presents photographs, paintings, prints, coins, reproduction clothing, accoutrements owned by the two men, documents written in their own hands, and biographical and historical records to reveal each man in his historical and cultural context, allowing audiences to compare the ways each has been remembered for almost 150 years.
"Visitors will enjoy discovering similarities and differences between Lee and Grant that are rarely pointed out," said Stephan McAteer, executive director of the museum. "These generals have been explored by historians for decades, but “Lee and Grant” is the first exhibition to present the two men together so that visitors can make decisions about them, side by side, based on facts.”
“Lee and Grant” has been made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit was originally developed by the Virginia Historical Society. and is toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance through NEH on the Road. “Lee and Grant” has been designated a National Endowment for the Humanities “We the People” project, a special initiative to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study and understanding of American history and culture.
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History is located in one of the oldest buildings in Arkansas, the historic Arsenal Building that was constructed in 1840 as part of a frontier military post. The building witnessed pivotal exchanges during the Civil War between Federal and Confederate troops and is known nationally and internationally as the birthplace of Five Star General Douglas MacArthur. It is a National Historic Landmark and is owned by the City of Little Rock. The museum operates under the direction of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History was created to preserve and interpret the state's military heritage from its territorial period to the present day. The museum preserves the contributions of Arkansas men and women who have served in both peacetime and during times of conflict.