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The southeast region of the state is rich with cultural touchstones: Helena is known for its celebration of the blues; Stuttgart boasts some of the country's best duck hunting; and the call of the wild is evident at nature sites such as the White River National Wildlife Refuge.

ART

Arts and Science Center of Southeast Arkansas Offers arts and science exhibits, community and professional theater productions, recitals, lectures and concerts. In Pine Bluff. Call (870) 536-3375. Arts Center of the Grand Prairie Showcases small art pieces, collections and a different major exhibit each month. Dinner theater productions, concerts and informative programs are scheduled throughout the year. In Stuttgart. Call (870) 673-1781. Pine Bluff Murals Outdoor "art gallery" in downtown Pine Bluff with 12 murals depicting the city's history, including "Main Street 1888," still the most popular of the murals. Ten more murals are scheduled to round out the project. Sea Wall Mural depicts the history of blues music and the city's early culture. On the west bank of the Mississippi River. In Helena.

ENTERTAINMENT

Arkansas Blues and Heritage Festival Each October music fans flock to Helena to see veteran blues musicians take the stage at this celebrated festival, which also includes a barbecue cook-off and 5K run. Visit Bluesandheritage.com. Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame Chronicles the careers of stars who hail from Arkansas, including Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Alan Ladd, Tracy Lawrence, AI Green and others. At the Pine Bluff Convention Center. Call (800) 536-7660. Blues Corner Specializes in blues music and used records, with an emphasis on local and area artists. On historic Cherry Street in Helena. Call (870) 338-3501.

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HISTORICAL SITES

Ben Pearson Block Historic block in Pine Bluff featuring six restored 1880s homes, three of which are bed and breakfast inns. Homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Confederate Cemetery The resting place of many Southern soldiers who died in the Battle of Helena in 1863. On Holly Street. Call (870) 338-8327. Desha County Courthouse One of the oldest courthouses in the state. In Arkansas City. Call (870) 877-2426. Hudson-Grace-Pearson Home Built in 1860. Has been remodeled to its present Second Empire Revival style. On the National Register of Historic Places in Pine Bluff. Call (870) 535-0463. Jerome Historical Marker The site of a camp where Japanese-Americans were held during World War II. South of Dermott along U.S. Highway 165. Keepers of the Spirit A series of 4-by-8-foot panels that traces the 120-year history of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff using photographs, texts and memorabilia on permanent display in the UAPB Fine Arts Center. Call (870) 575-8236. Martha Mitchell Home The birthplace and later residence of Martha Mitchell, the outspoken wife of former U.S. Attorney General John N. Mitchell of the Nixon administration. Built in 1887 in Pine Bluff and located at 902 W. Fourth Ave. Home is privately owned. New Hope Baptist Church The oldest African-American church in the state. In Lake Village. Call (870) 265-2507. Pioneer Village Offers tours of an 1800s country mercantile store, Victorian home, log cabin, blacksmith shop and Methodist Episcopal Church. In Rison. Call (870) 325-7289. Rohwer Historic Marker Site of Japanese interment camp during World War II. Monuments honor Japanese-Americans who served in U.S. armed forces during the war. In Rohwer.

MUSEUMS

Arkansas Post Museum and National Memorial Explores Arkansas history from Colonial to modern times. Includes a memorial of 20-foot crosses and settlement tours. At the site of the first semipermanent European settlement in the lower Mississippi River Valley; south of Gillett. Call (870) 548-2207. Arkansas Railroad Museum Houses a large collection of historic coaches, railroad memorabilia and a restored 1932 steam engine that was built in Pine Bluff. Call (870) 541-1819. Ashley County Museum A fine collection of antiques. In Hamburg. Call (870) 853-5796. Band Museum Traces the history of bands in America through antique band instruments and photographs. On Main Street in Pine Bluff. Call (870) 534-4676. Delta Cultural Center Recently renovated museum housed in a restored 1912 Missouri Pacific train depot tells the story of Arkansas' Delta region. Features exhibits, an attached caboose, resource room, gift shop and information desk. In Helena. Call (870) 338-4350. Desha County Museum Restored buildings re-create pioneer life. Call Dumas Chamber of Commerce, (870) 382-5447. Drew County Historical Museum A large, two-story building built in 1909 that houses antiques such as an old printing press. Still a place to make "moonshine" collected by Drew County pioneer families. In Monticello. Call (870) 367-7446. Grider Field Memorial Museum Features a memorial to the days when the site was a World War II training facility for the Army Air Corps pilots. In Pine Bluff. Call (870) 534-4131. Museum of Chicot County A turn-of-the-century infirmary in Lake Village. Houses early medical artifacts, a patient room, a nursery and dentist and optometrist offices. An 1843 log cabin is being restored. Call Lake Village Chamber of Commerce, (870) 265-5997. Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie Depicts farm life on the Grand Prairie, including that of early German settlers. Scaled-to-size replica of a village and exhibits on duck hunting and rice milling. In Stuttgart. Call (870) 673-7001. Phillips County Museum Civil War memorabilia and other historic material are featured at this Helena museum. Call (870) 338-7790. Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Historical Museum Located in the restored Union Train Station, the museum displays tools, relics, cotton farming implements, Victorian furniture and clothing, Civil War artifacts and antique dolls. Call (870) 541-5402. Turner Neal Museum of Natural History Explores the natural history of south Arkansas with collections of big game and a planetarium. At the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Call (870) 460-1265.

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PARKS AND RECREATION

Cane Creek State Park Fabulous 1,700-acre lake is the focal point of this state facility. Near Star City. Call (870) 628-4714. Crossland Zoo One of only two zoos in the state. Part of a 110-acre city park in Crossett. Features more than 50 different animal species. Free admission. Call (870) 364-7732. Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge A 65,000-acre refuge for anyone who loves the outdoors--hunters, fishers, wildlife watchers. Public-use areas at Crossett Harbor Recreational Park and Grand Marais. West of Crossett. Call (870) 364-3167. Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center This educational facility in Pine Bluff lets visitors explore the wildlife, heritage and ecologoy of the Delta through interactive exhibits, walking trails, a wildlife observatory, and special programs and classes. Call (870) 534-0011. Helena River Park Boasts an elevated boardwalk that offers a magnificent view of the Mississippi Riven Lake Chicot State Park Features the largest natural lake in the state. Also offers cabins and 127 campsites. At Lake Village. Call (870) 265-5480. Marks' Mills State Park One of three Civil War park sites (with Poison Spring and Jenkins' Ferry) that make up the Red River Campaign. East of Fordyce. Call (501) 682-1191 for information on all three sites. White River National Wildlife Refuge These 113,000 acres are hugely populated with deer. Exceptional bass, crappie, catfish and bream fishing. More than 100 lakes and a number of primitive camping areas. In St. Charles.

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