Upcoming Events


1stSatlogosmJoin us for another great year of First Saturday lectures. Thanks to a generous donation by Pamela Parsons, former education director of Friends of Arrow Rock, we’re able to share these free lectures with you! Every lecture begins at 10 a.m. at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitors Center auditorium. Come early to enjoy complimentary refreshments.

March 3: The Fenwick Legacy: Patriotism and Racial Identity, by Dr. Michael Kateman

Three years after graduating from Georgetown College in 1832, George Fenwick left the District of Columbia and settled in Arrow Rock. He was a surveyor, educator, farmer, notary public, and justice of the peace.

Six generations later, his descendants continue his leadership legacy in Arrow Rock through service on the Cemetery Board of Directors, the Town Council, the Architectural Review Board, and the Lyceum Theatre Board of Directors. In 2013, several George Fenwick descendants began wrestling with their patriotism and racial identity after the Arrow Rock Fourth of July Parade. This lecture discusses his legacy in Saline County and its influence 183 years after his arrival in Arrow Rock.

April 7: “Native American Art,” by Joe Don Brave

May 5: “The Social History of Knitting,” by Nancy Blossom

June 2: “Jesse James, Jo Shelby and the War After the War,” by Aaron Barnhart

July 7: “Fiddler’s Dream: Missouri’s Continuing Heritage of Traditional Fiddle and Dance Music” by Howard Marshall

Aug. 4: “Benton Paints Lewis & Clark,” by Steve Sitton

Sept. 1:  “History Unearthed: Responsible Metal Detecting for Historical Treasures” by Jackalyn & Chadwick Oldham of Jackwick Metal Detecting

Oct. 6: “Missouri River Then & Now: Contrasting the River at the Time of Lewis & Clark with Today” by Michael Dickey