Calico Rock Museum System Updates including Days and Hours Open! (Posted by Ginger Smith)

Beginning next week, we officially become the Calico Rock Museum System. The Heritage & Visitor Center (our original museum complex) will include our history museum, visitor center, Murphy Gallery, and Artisan Gift Shop. The Tom Tomlinson Art & Science Center will include the new art museum, science center, Barbara Farris Loft for special exhibits, boardroom, and Brushstrokes Gift Shop.

Beginning Monday, the Heritage & Visitor Center, will begin opening six days a week. The hours will be Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Tom Tomlinson Art & Science Center will officially open to the public next Thursday at 10:00 a.m. The Center, itself, is a work of art in the beautifully and painstakingly restored Historic Floyd’s Grocery Building. We are really excited for you to see inside when we take down the black plastic on the windows next week. This project has been accomplished debt-free in less than a year. The Center will be open Wednesday 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m., Thursday-Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The main floor contains works of art of local, regional, state and American artists, many of whom are well known in the art world. The ground floor houses the science center including an exhibit on the human heart sponsored by the Blue & You Foundation, an exhibit on dinosaurs, and the Crime Lab Detective. At opening, we will also have a special exhibit on Stop Gap Animation.

The Barbara Farris Loft contains beautiful works of art by local artists, the boardroom, an archives, and a space for special exhibits.

The main floor also contains the Brushstrokes Gift Shop which will feature toys, t-shirts, jewelry, works of art, and items for visitors to town.

With the opening of the Art & Science Center, our museum team is turning our attention to renewing the history exhibits in the Heritage & Visitor Center. If you have ideas on new exhibits, we would welcome your input.

Finally, we are welcoming a Civil War Traveling Exhibit in the renovated Murphy Gallery of the Heritage & Visitor Center which will open on Monday, October 9 and run until Saturday, October 27.

There is a lot happening at your Calico Rock Museum! We hope you will join us in the next two weeks for these great new museums, exhibits, and experiences.

Remember to like us on Facebook, check out our website at or call us at 870-297-6100.

Calico Rock Museum Foundation
104 Main Street
Calico Rock, Arkansas 72519

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.