Mosaic Templars Cultural Center hosts birthday bash for Smokey Bear

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Monday, July 29, 2019


LITTLE ROCK (July 29, 2019) — Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) invites everyone to attend Smokey Bear’s 75th birthday celebration at MTCC from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3.


Smokey Bear will be in attendance so that guests can wish him a happy birthday and take photos with him. Guests can also enjoy party-style treats, participate in games and activities and explore the museum’s “Finding Freedom in the Forest” exhibit.

The exhibit tells the history of the timber industry through the lens of African Americans in Arkansas. It features a children’s area where kids can experience the sounds and smells of the forest and can inspect leaves, pine needles and bugs with a microscope.

“It seemed fitting that while we are recognizing the role that Arkansas’s natural resources played in shaping our history, that we should remind everyone of the important role we all share in protecting these resources,” MTCC Director Christina Shutt said. “It’s also a fun way for those of us who remember Smokey Bear from our own childhood days to introduce him to the younger generation.”

Since the exhibit opened, the museum has collaborated with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the Arkansas Forestry Association to present several educational programs on forestry topics, like discussing the challenges and opportunities that Arkansas’s natural resources offered African American settlers during the frontier days.

“The ‘Finding Freedom in the Forest’ exhibit is a great representation of how our cultural heritage and natural heritage are intertwined,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Department of Parks, Heritage & Tourism. “We are excited that our partnerships with other agencies have showcased the value of both Arkansas’s history and natural resources.”

The U.S. Forestry Service and the Ad Council created Smokey Bear Aug. 9, 1944, as part of their joint effort to promote forest fire prevention. The first Smokey Bear ads showed him with the slogan, “Care will prevent 9 out of 10 fires.” The slogan changed in 1947 to the more familiar “Only YOU can prevent wildfires!”

MTCC is located at 501 W. Ninth St, Little Rock, AR 72201. Admission to the museum, including the birthday party, is free. For more information, please call (501) 683-3592 or email


The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating African American history and culture in Arkansas. Other divisions of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum.



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