Henderson State University has begun the next phase of renovations at the Caddo Center, thanks to a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. The Caddo Center will be closed to visitors between March and August, 2022. We look forward to welcoming you back again in September!
Are you interested in local history and archeology? Have you visited the Caddo Center lately? With grants from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council and university funding, Henderson State University is preserving and renovating the historic building that formerly served as the campus cafeteria. The front entrance hallway is now a permanent space for exhibiting the Joint Educational Consortium’s Hodges Collection of Native American Artifacts. There is also a classroom used by HSU’s Anthropology and Museum Studies programs and by the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s HSU Research Station. When completed, the HSU Admissions Office will be located here as well.
Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University, as the Joint Educational Consortium, own a large collection of Native American artifacts amassed in the 1930s and 1940s by Thomas and Charlotte Hodges of Bismarck. Included are many pottery vessels and stone tools from archeological sites in Clark and Hot Spring counties. The Caddo people are the descendants of this region’s early residents. In addition, Dr. and Mrs. Hodges collected from several sites in Arkansas County in southeast Arkansas that are related to later Quapaw towns. The Joint Educational Consortium and the Arkansas Archeological Survey work with the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and with the Quapaw Nation about the Hodges Collection and its treatment and interpretation.
At the Caddo Center, objects, text panels, and brochures show the history and culture of the indigenous people of this area. Visitors can access a new website (“Interpreting the Hodges Collection at the Henderson State University Caddo Center”) featuring short videos and 3D models of selected artifacts using their smartphones or the touchscreen monitor in the hall. This interpretation project has been supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional funding from the Arkansas Archeological Society Bill Jordan Public Education Fund and the Arkansas Archeological Survey Hester Davis Fund. On-going work at the Caddo Center provides internship opportunities for students in HSU's Museum Studies program.
The Caddo Center (1067 President’s Drive) is open to university students, faculty and staff, and community visitors. Current hours are 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The Arkansas Archeological Survey’s HSU Research Station also hosts archeology lab days for students and volunteers at the Caddo Center most Thursdays between 9:00 a.m and 4:30 p.m. You are invited to come by to learn about archeology, help process and analyze artifacts, and meet other people interested in Arkansas’s long history!
Dr. Mary Beth Trubitt
Arkansas Archeological Survey
HSU Box 7841
1100 Henderson St.
Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001