Photography by Rett Peek
With nearly a decade of success, Seersucker Social is one of the Capital City’s most unique and quintessential Southern events – celebrating Arkansas history, fashion + fun at the Old State House Museum.
Hosted on the lawn of the Old State House, the original state capitol of Arkansas, Seersucker Social is a celebration of Southern tradition + charm. Members of the Old State House Museum Society will welcome friends and patrons to this annual springtime fete. In the midst of one of Little Rock’s most iconic Greek Revival-styled building, guests can mix and mingle under the shade of historic trees – enjoying the season’s tastiest mint juleps and signature cocktail as well as traditional lawn games and live entertainment – all in celebration of Arkansas history + culture.
Arkansas State House Society Acting President Amber Rowlett says the colorful snappy apparel is certainly a highlight of the festivities. “Seersucker Social is a traditional Southern lawn party, and there is something about seeing everyone dressed in their best Southern attire with all of the great accessories, like big hats and bow ties, that I absolutely love. Add that with the gorgeous backdrop of the Old State House Museum, and you have the makings of a party you sure don’t want to miss!”
Arkansas State House Society Vice President Joshua Price is recognized for his style + panache as well as his civic leadership with countless organizations. It’s the rich history of the Old State House and his family’s affiliation with the structure that initially sparked Joshua’s interest in the Old State House Museum Society. “After the new Capitol was built in 1911, the Old State House served as the home of the Arkansas School of Medical Sciences, and my paternal great-great-grandfather Dr. J.J. Burleson was a student there. Being on these grounds knowing that he walked the same paths nearly 100 years ago makes me feel connected to him and to a part of history.”
For nearly a decade, Seersucker Social has partnered with venues throughout the Central Arkansas to bring the tastiest treats in town to lawn party guests. Other highlights include best-dressed contests, raffle and prizes. Proceeds benefit the Old State House Museum School Bus Fund and other educational programs. Through the fund, the museum provides grants to rural schools throughout Arkansas that supplement travel expenses to bring students to the museum – where they can learn Arkansas history and experience the state’s legacy.