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Arrow Rock 1st Saturday lecture to focus on emancipation interpretation of Bingham painting

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Joan Stack
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Audiences have argued about the meaning of George Caleb Bingham's iconic Civil War painting General Order No. 11 since its creation, according to Friends of Arrow Rock officials.

Joan Stack, curator of art collections at The State Historical Society of Missouri, will offer her perspectives on the various interpretations of Bingham's painting in a lecture entitled, "Toward an Emancipationist Interpretation of Bingham's Civil War Painting, Gen. Order No. 11."

Her presentation will be given at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor's Center.

In this 150th anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation, Stack considers how the history of the painting's interpretation reflects changes in the way Missourians have processed the memory of slavery, race and the war.

Future First Saturday lectures and events include:

--March 2: "Secret Societies of Arrow Rock" by Alisha Cole,

--April 6: "The History of Missouri Birds" by Missouri River Bird Observatory representatives Dana Ripper and Ethan Duke,

--May 4: "Village Architectural Tour: National Preservation Month" by Marty Selby,

--June 1: "If Textiles Could Talk" by Jeff Reynolds,

--July 6: "Tom Sawyer" movie showing at 2 p.m. and tour of Arrow Rock Movie sites,

--Aug. 3: "Common Life of a Civil War Soldier and his Wife" by Herschel and Jacque Stroud

--Nov. 2: "Osage Culture: Then and Now, Native American Heritage Month" with speakers to be announced.

The lectures are presented by the Friends of Arrow Rock and the Arrow Rock State Historic Site and supported by an endowment funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and generous donors.

Lectures are free and open to the public.

The Friends of Arrow Rock and the Arrow Rock State Historic Site promote the understanding of Missouri history through ongoing education programs and interpretive activities.

The organization safeguards 17 historical structures in the National Historic Landmark village of Arrow Rock.

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