Rogers Historical Museum, on a mission to bring the past to life

The Rogers Historical Museum, an American Alliance of Museums accredited institution, is proud to be a department of the City of Rogers and pleased to serve all of the people of Northwest Arkansas. Their mission is to enrich lives through education, experience and exploration of our heritage. They are supported by two outstanding non-profit organizations: the Friends of the Rogers Historical Museum and the Rogers Museum Foundation. Daily operations are managed by a 9 member staff, with support from a loyal group of volunteers.

What’s new at the museum? Virtual Exhibits!

Didn’t make it out for one of their extraordinary temporary exhibits? Now, you will have the opportunity to still experience it with the new Virtual Exhibits program! Beginning this Fall, Rogers Historical Museum’s temporary exhibits will be documented in a virtual tour on our website. Starting with Exhibit on Coach Blackie Bond: Rogers High School Football Legend that closed September 25, you can see what you missed out on. 

This biographical memorable exhibit featured many objects from a recent donation by Rogers High School football coach Gary “Blackie” Bond’s widow, as well as other RHS related objects from the museum’s collections. Bond moved to Rogers in 1959, taking the job of assistant football coach and social studies teacher. For the next 34 years he would serve the athletic department of Rogers High School amassing an overall record of 190 games won, 89 games lost, and 5 undefeated seasons.

Check out the blackie Bond virtual exhibit tour here and look forward to more!

Hawkins House

The Rogers Historical Museum is also the steward of the Hawkins House. Built in 1895, the Hawkins House is a rare example of a middle-class home built using locally-made brick in Rogers.

It was owned by three generations of the Hawkins family from 1900-1979. Museum staff use period objects from the collections to decorate the home as it might have been at the turn-of-the-twentieth century. Visitors have the unique opportunity to take a trip back in time on a guided tour and experience for themselves what life was like in Rogers around 1900. They offer several special tours that change throughout the year, including a holiday theme each December.

Popular exhibits

One of the more popular exhibits is on the resort town of Monte Ne in the White River Gallery. This exhibit features objects relating to Monte Ne from the museum’s collection. Learn the story of William “Coin” Harvey and his dreams of creating a luxurious resort that would tap the tourism potential he saw in the Ozarks. Both locals and tourist alike come to the museum to learn more about this historic site that is unique to Northwest Arkansas history.

Resources for Teachers

The Museum offers education programs to schools throughout Northwest Arkansas, as well as to home school groups and daycares. Topics range from those of local interest, such as the history of the apple growing industry in Benton County, to broader themes such as Arkansas State symbols.

For the 2021-2022 school year their educators returned to the classrooms to present their outreach programs. If you are interested in receiving programs from them, sign up here. Click here to view descriptions of the programs being offered for the 2021-2022 school year and the grades they are recommended for, as well as listings of the Arkansas Department of Education curriculum objectives met by each one.

Field Trips

The Rogers Historical Museum strives to make each field trip a memorable experience for the students while providing a fundamental learning experience. The museum is a community-wide investment in our children. It is a place where teachers, parents, museum staff, and volunteers all share in each student’s joy in learning about the world around them. The benefits for children participating in a museum visit include the handling of real artifacts and high-quality replicas, acquiring new knowledge, understanding, and skills and so much more. They will be hosting field trips once again beginning on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Click here to learn more.

 

EXHIBIT:

Pel-Freez: 110 Years in Food and Science (Now through December 18, 2021)

A temporary exhibit on the history of Pel-Freez for the 110th anniversary of this long-time Rogers’ company. Although this company is most known for being the largest producer of rabbit meat in the nation, since the 1950s they have also produced high quality raw materials for use in the advancement of medical science research. This exhibit features objects from the Pel-Freez collection, including photographs, advertisement memorabilia, biological samples and lab equipment.

Thrift Style (December 15, 2021-January 19, 2022)

Thrift Style, a traveling exhibit from Exhibits USA, explores the reuse of feed sacks to make clothing and other household objects and illuminates how the “upcycling” of these bags mutually benefitted twentieth-century consumers and businesses. With forty-one works from patterns to garments, it serves as an example of past ingenuity that can inform today’s efforts toward sustainability.

HAWKINS HOUSE THEMED TOUR:

A Patriotic Christmas (December 4, 2021-January 1, 2022)

Americans have been known to show their patriotism in many different ways from the nation’s beginning in 1776. During the Victorian period, patriotic tributes were sometimes incorporated into holiday displays, especially around times of war. A Patriotic Christmas, a special guided tour through the historic Hawkins House, uses objects from the museum collection to explore some of these displays of patriotism during the Christmas season from the American Civil War through World War I.

EVENT:

Holiday Open House (December 4, 2021, 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)

Join us for the Rogers Historical Museum’s 21st Annual Holiday Open House! This year’s theme is Patriotic Christmas. This free event features guided tours of the 1895 Hawkins House exploring some of the ways that Americans have incorporated displays of patriotism into the holiday season from the Civil War to World War I. Kids of all ages will have the chance to make a fun patriotic ornament craft, write and mail a letter to Santa, and of course, enjoy a visit from jolly old St. Nick himself.

Upcoming events and exhibits

For more upcoming programs and exhibits see their Facebook events listing and for further information on all offerings visit their website.

HOURS

Hailey Gallery & Hawkins House:
Tuesday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

TELEPHONE: (479) 621-1154

Hailey Building Exhibit Galleries
313 South Second Street
Rogers, AR 72756

Historic Hawkins House, Education & Research Library at the Key Wing
322 South Second Street
Rogers, AR 72756

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