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Plaque marker for the Little Rock on a stone stand.

Angela Chandler: “Geology of the Big and Little Rocks in Central Arkansas”

CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies Presents LEGACIES & LUNCH

Speaker: Angela Chandler

Chandler will discuss how these notable landmarks were originally described by French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de La Harpe and naturalist Thomas Nuttall, explaining the rocks’ economic use and the basic geology of the area

Angela Chandler, who received her BS from Arkansas Tech and her MS from the University of Arkansas, has worked with the Arkansas Geological Survey for twenty-four years and was recently promoted to Assistant State Geologist. Chandler prepares the yearly grant for the STATEMAP Project and provides oversight for geologic mapping in north-central Arkansas. She has mapped twenty-two quadrangles in the Ozarks and plans to continue mapping and producing trail and float guides for Arkansas State Parks. She also identifies rocks and fossils for the public and leads educational workshops.

La Petite Roche logoThe Tricentennial of La Petit Roche
On April 9, 1722, French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de La Harpe and his men were sailing up what we now know as the Arkansas River when they came across a rock outcropping that was just large enough to form a small harbor for their boats. The men named this place “la petite roche,” or “the little rock.” Visitors can see what remains of that first little rock at La Petite Roche Plaza in Riverfront Park. Celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of this naming will occur throughout the year.

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About Legacies & Lunch

Legacies & Lunch is a free monthly program of CALS Butler Center for Arkansas Studies about Arkansas-related topics.

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April 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm