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MISSISSIPPIAN PERIOD NATIVE CULTURES
Our first permanent exhibit opens September 2017!
In 1541, Hernando de Soto crossed the Mississippi River into what is now the Arkansas Delta and found a thriving, settled population of native peoples engaged in agriculture, long distance trade, and warfare among neighboring villages. It was the late Mississippian Period and a large settlement supporting perhaps thousands of people occupied the site where Blytheville is today. Visitors will learn about the culture and lifeways of those ancient people, the original occupants of the Delta.
Housed in the historic Kress Building in the heart of Blytheville’s Commercial Historic District, this regional heritage museum illustrates broad historical themes in one of the world’s most fertile agricultural regions. Planned exhibitions focus on the development of cotton, soybean, and rice agriculture, along with interrelated topics such as the timber industry and swamp drainage; river, rail, & highway transportation; earthquakes, flooding, and flood control; prehistoric Native American culture; and the regional impact of the Air Force base and steel industry. Click on the Exhibits tab above to learn more!
Delta Gateway Museum
210 West Main Street
Blytheville, AR 72315
Open to the public Tue - Fri 1:00 to 5:00
Saturdays 10:00 to 4:00
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