Arkansas’s original state capitol, the Old State House, is a wonderful place to celebrate the holidays. Visitors will find the Greek-revival style building colorfully decorated for the season with swags of traditional green garland, wreaths adorned with bright red ribbon, and a huge tree ornamented with cheerful, gleaming decorations.

The museum is visited by over 700 people each year at its annual Holiday Open House event. The traditions of joyous family holiday celebrations past can be experienced this year on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Fun, hands-on activities will be available to children; they may create unique holiday cards and more. Delightful carols will be performed by local music groups.

Musical acts this year will include: Little Rock School District’s Voices Without Borders, Top of the Rock Chorus, St. Edward’s Catholic Church Children’s Choir, Purpose, Christ Episcopal Church’s Compline Choir, and White Hall Middle School’s Choir.

All will also enjoy delicious punch and cookies donated by central Arkansas bakeries.

Admission is free. For more information about the Old State House Museum’s events, call 501-324-9685, or visit, or find the museum on Facebook.

The Old State House Museum hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Old State House Museum is a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and shares the goal of all seven Department of Arkansas Heritage agencies, that of preserving and enhancing the heritage of the state of Arkansas. The

agencies are Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, and the Old State House Museum.