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HAM to OSH, a history parade

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Some will travel horseback.
  • Some will travel on horseback.

There will be living history, pioneer music and political speeches on Saturday at the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Old State House to commemorate Arkansans' first opportunity to vote in a presidential election, in 1836. Arkansas had just become a state a few months before and the Conway, Ashley, Sevier, and Yell families were politicking for Martin Van Buren, the HAM says.

Here's the schedule at HAM: 9-11:30 a.m., living history; 10:30 a.m., political speeches followed by the election in the Tavern; 11:30 a.m., recreation of a Methodist Camp meeting; noon, parade from the HAM to the Old State House followed by a 26-gun salute and flag raising; 1-4 p.m., living history presentations at OSH, 2 p.m., a period theatrical piece performance; 3 p.m., political speeches and more voting, and 3:30-5 p.m., a period-style dance.

Will Van Buren win again, as he did 176 years ago? Or will Whig Hugh Lawson White?

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