April marks the 300th anniversary of French explorer Jean-Baptiste Benard de la Harpe’s discovery of La Petite Roche, or the little rock, that gave the Little Rock region its name. The celebration is year-long, but it kicks off with free, family- friendly events that highlight the importance of this historic milestone. Learn more here.
Sandwiching in History: la Petite Roche (The “Little Rock”) / Presented by Arkansas Historic Preservation Program (12-1pm); Watch online at https://www.youtube.com/c/ARPreservation.
- La Petite Roche Serve Day / City Church Network (8am-12pm); For more information, contact Anthony Hampton at [email protected]
- Capital City Classic 10K / Presented by Little Rock Marathon; Sign up at https://runsignup.com/Race/AR/LittleRock/CapitalCityClassic10K.
Rotary Club of Little Rock Program with Consul General of France (Houston) Valerie Baraban (11:30am-1pm, Clinton Center; Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89687994151?pwd=eVVpQVVWNXhkYmgxNC9WVG9OSDhiZz09)
Museum of Discovery : In honor of the 300th anniversary of the discovery of La Petite Roche, the MOD will be doing a boat building and design activity in the PPG STEAM Studio (April 6-12), while Wiggle Worms (for kids 6 and younger and their families) will have a geology activity related to the “Little Rock” Tuesday (April 5), Thursday (April 7), and Saturday (April 9). More at https://museumofdiscovery.org.
- CALS’ Legacies & Lunch / Arkansas Geological Survey on geology of the Arkansas River basin around La Petite Roche (Angela Chandler, 12pm); More at https://cals.org/event/angela-chandler; Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7m1fSx1KQjmkbXn0em153w)
- Tricentennial Jazz in the Park Concert / Riverfront Park (6-8pm); No registration needed.
Little Rock: A Pivotal Point on the Trail of Tears by Dr. Daniel Littlefield of the Sequoyah National Research Center / UA Little Rock Downtown (12- 1pm); Register to attend virtually (ualr.at/trailvirtual) or in-person (ualr.at/trail) at UA Little Rock Downtown.
Experience Hip Hop in the Rock with Mosaic Templars’ “And the Beat Don’t Stop: 50 Years of Hip-Hop” Exhibit (5-8pm, opening reception);
“On the Rocks Talks: Finding the French Rock: de la Harpe Lecture” by Dr. David Ware of Arkansas State Archives (5-6pm, Stickyz Chicken Shack); No registration needed.
Tricentennial 2nd Friday Art Night / River Market District (6-8pm); More at http://2ndfridayartnight.org.
Commemoration and Dedication Ceremony (10-11am)
Family Fair (11am-5pm) with kids’ activities, bounce houses, a rock- climbing wall, a spinning ride and a swinging pirate ship. There will also be food trucks and cultural offerings from the Early Arkansaw Reenactors Association and Native American organizations, plus hands-on activities at the Museum of Discovery (11am-5pm)
An Arkansas-Themed Community Concert and Fireworks Celebration (7-9:30pm) featuring The Rodney Block Collective, Randall Shreve and the DeVilles, and Huckleberry Jam - plus a special performance by the Philander Smith College Collegiate Choir and Creatives
After Party Concerts (9:30pm) with Randall Shreve and the DeVilles, Rev Room; Huckleberry Jam, Stickyz Rock’n’ Roll Chicken Shack)
DLRP’s Barkus on Main (April 10, SOMA District); More at https://barkusonmain.com.
Tricentennial of La Petite Roche by Scott Carter / Old State House Museum for April’s Monthly Lunch Lecture (12-1pm)