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Delta Cultural Center, Helena

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The Delta Cultural Center in downtown Helena, Arkansas, is a cultural center and museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. It is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the culture of the Arkansas Delta.

The center consists of three buildings:

A Visitors Center which houses an interactive exhibition of Delta music including the King Biscuit Blues Festival and the broadcast facilities for King Biscuit Time which is the longest running blues radio program in the nation.

The Train Depot, at Natchez and Missouri Street, houses exhibits on the American Civil War in Helena including the 1863 Battle of Helena, Union occupation of the area, slave experiences, and women in Civil War Helena. The Train Depot also has exhibits on the history of the Mississippi River including the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and exhibits on Delta agriculture and Native American history. This c. 1915 Craftsman/Classical Revival building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Moore-Hornor House, at 323 Beech Street, is a red brick Greek Revival/Italianate-style home built in 1859, and is also listed on the National Register. The back yard of the home saw fierce hand-to-hand fighting during the Battle of Helena in the Civil War and will house Living History presentations and archaeology exhibits when restoration is completed.
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  • Driving through downtown Helena made me sad, so many boarded up businesses and abandoned homes. Clearly this town has seen bigger and better days. But at the end of the road we arrived at the...  more »
  • What a treat - we were not expecting to visit Helena-West Helena but were so glad we did. The Cultural Center was a great mix of exhibitions including a world war exhibition that traced the life of...  more »
  • A great museum with wonderful exhibits that help to tell a robust story of the Arkansas Delta and its inhabitants.
  • Small but well done.

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