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Welcome to the CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas

The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is updated regularly to ensure the people of Arkansas have an accurate and accessible resource to explore our heritage. It will also benefit people outside the state who are seeking information about Arkansas. We invite you to browse our text entries and media galleries to learn more about the people, places, events, legends, and lore of the 25th state. The CALS Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a work in progress. We are continually adding new entries, photographs, maps, videos, and audio files, so check back frequently to see what’s new.

Photo Of The Day
Nolan Richardson

Nolan Richardson is one of the most famous coaches to have served the University of Arkansas (UA) in Fayetteville (Washington County) Razorbacks basketball program. Richardson’s UA teams won nearly 400 games. Richardson coached a team to a national title in all three of his collegiate coaching positions. His first was a Junior College title at Western Texas Junior College in 1980, a National Invitational Tournament title at the University of Tulsa in 1981, and the NCAA title at the University of Arkansas in 1994.

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This Day in Arkansas History
April 11, 1938

The Barbershop Harmony Society, also known as the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA), was founded in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is now an international men’s singing group with more than 34,000 members. The Greater Little Rock chapter, the Diamond State Chorus, is a grandchild of the Memphis, Tennessee, chapter. The Diamond State Chorus, at any one time, has forty to fifty singers who perform as a single group and in several four-man quartets, singing tenor, lead, baritone, and bass. Members, who range in age from in their twenties to their eighties, are from throughout central Arkansas.

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