"UnMasked": Fundraising From A Distance

October 10, 2020

“Un-Masked”: Fundraising From a Distance

You are invited to join the Fort Smith Museum of History for a "Non-Event" on Saturday, October 10, to help ensure the future of our history.


What is “UnMasked” you ask? “UnMasked” is fundraising from a distance, a virtual fundraiser, conducted from a safe distance, as we keep your safety in mind.

The Fort Smith Museum of History was founded in 1910 as a private, non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization. 110 years later, we still are. We are the oldest functioning museum in the state, located right here in Fort Smith, with a mission of collecting, sharing, and preserving the history of Fort Smith and the region. Through education, exhibitions, programs, and outreach, we educate the region on the history of the area. We serve five counties, Sebastian, Crawford, and Franklin counties in Arkansas, and Sequoyah and Leflore counties in Oklahoma.  The financial impact of COVID-19 has been devastating to the Fort Smith Museum of History. During these times of COVID-19 closures and social distancing, our museum has not been able to host visitors who seek to learn about the history of our great city and the region, collect artifacts, enjoy our soda fountain, or participate in our events.


To avoid large social situations, we’ve created “Un-Masked” as our fundraiser to playfully “un-invite” you to not join us in person, but rather aid our unique Museum in these times of financial need from the comfort and security of your own home.


Please join with us to ensure the future of our history for another 110 years and counting by making a tax-deductible donation online at, by phone at 479-783-7841, by email at, or by dropping by the museum at 320 Rogers Avenue.

You can donate at this link or go to PayPal on our HOME page.

In Parker's Court: The Trial of Maud Allen

September 18, 2020

"In Parker's Court: The Trial of Maud Allen" will be presented Friday, September 18, 2020 at 6pm at the Fort Smith Museum of History. Tickets are 25.00 each. COVID-19 mandates in place. Please call 479-783-7841,, or for ticket info. 


She was a lovely, young bride. He was a charming businessman. They were both married, but not to each other. The day they met in downtown Fort Smith was the beginning of a story that cast a century-old shadow on the city’s history. It’s the story that shocked Fort Smith, sent one man scurrying out of town, sent one wounded woman home to her mother, and ended up in Judge Parker’s court.

It is the trial of Maud Allen, accused of sending pornography through the mail, and attempting to break up a marriage.

Here’s your chance to hear the actual testimony offered by the woman who came between future Fort Smith Mayor, Fagan Bourland, and his wife. You’ll see copies of the 1896 letters that brought a festering rivalry to a head and set all decent Fort Smith citizens on their heels when they heard the story.

The Trial of Maud Allen will be presented Friday, September 18, 2020 at 6pm  “In Parker’s Court” at the Fort Smith Museum of History. For the first time, the story whispered about in private will be shared in public and audience members will have the opportunity to join the jury and decide for themselves the guilt, or innocence, of young Maud.

Tickets for “In Parker’s Court: The Trial of Maud Allen” are $25 each and include refreshments and drinks before and after the presentation. Seats are limited and must be purchased in advance. If sufficient reservations are made, an additional presentation will be added to the schedule.

For ticket reservations, please visit the FSMH website at, call 479-783-7841, or stop by 320 Rogers Avenue. All ticket sells benefit the Fort Smith Museum of History.

**Because of the subject matter and language used in this program, admission will be granted only to those twenty-one years of age and older. No one under the age of twenty-one will be admitted, and identification may be requested if the age of a guest is in question. We appreciate your assistance in making this an adults only event, thus allowing us to use as much of the actual language as possible, and to display a sample of the drawings. Again, no one under the age of twenty-one will be admitted due to adult subject matter, and language.

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In Judge Parker's Court: The Trial of Maud Allen
September 18, 2020


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