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Delta Cultural Center, Helena

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Visitor Center
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. They also partner with other cultural organizations to interepret different cultural elements.
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, a former Union Pacific station, 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.
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  • Loved our time at the DCC. My 16 year old son and I got there in time to watch Tom Jaques DJ 'The King Biscuit Blues Show' on KFFA. That was a treat. Then Cliff Dean with the museum came over and...  more »
  • These buildings are in top shape, and they tell important stories. We were able to be on hand for the King Biscuit broadcast so we heard a lot of blues on our visit to Helena. And the Smithsonian.....  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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