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AETN remembers the Civil War in Arkansas in new special

Posted 08 Apr 2011

“CW150: Remembering the Civil War in Arkansas” will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Thursday, April 21, at 8 p.m.

Arkansas seceded from the Union on May 6, 1861, beginning a period of turmoil and uncertainty for a state that had joined the Union only 25 years earlier. Mark Christ, a member of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, describes it as “arguably the most important event in Arkansas history and American history.”

“This production by AETN will help Arkansans understand what the Civil War meant to our state and how it shaped the people we are today,” Cathie Matthews, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, said. “The late-April broadcast will help get us ready for Heritage Month in May when communities and groups all across Arkansas will hold events commemorating the Civil War and its effects on their own cities and towns.”

“CW150” is an original one-hour program that will reflect on the anniversary of the Civil War and its impact on the state a century and a half later. Host Tommy Sanders talks with guests about Arkansas’s involvement in the Civil War, why it is relevant to modern culture and how it changed the state socially, economically and politically. Guests include: history professors Tom DeBlack and Cherisse Jones-Branch; living historian Josh Williams; Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Executive Director Richard Davies; and archeologist Jamie Brandon.

Taped at the Old State House Museum, “CW150” is underwritten by the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

“CW150: Remember the Civil War in Arkansas” will repeat Saturday, April 30, at 4 p.m.

AETN will also rebroadcast “Edge of Conflict: Arkansas in the Civil War” in three parts Wednesday, April 20, through Friday, April 22, at 6:30 each night. More information is available at

“The Edge of Conflict: Arkansas in the Civil War” is a 90-minute documentary that tells the story of Arkansas’s role in the Civil War. Using photographs and present-day images from significant sites around the state, combined with the words of historians and people who lived and fought here during the war, the program attempts to help Arkansans recover a neglected history and to remember that even today, the war is a prevalent part of the state’s culture and heritage.

Created in 2007, the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Arkansas by promoting historic sites around the state, encouraging research and education programs, and preserving the sites that witnessed the Civil War within the state. The Civil War Sesquicentennial is a five-year initiative that begins on April 30 and will be commemorated between 2011 and 2015.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit, or follow the AETN blog at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).