The Delta Cultural Center, located at Helena, was created in 1990 with a mission of preserving, interpreting, and presenting the cultural heritage of the Arkansas Delta. The Arkansas Delta consists of a twenty seven county area located mainly in Eastern Arkansas. A big celebration took place on that day in front of the old Missouri Pacific Depot which had been converted into the Delta Cultural Center. In addition to local dignitaries and visitors, the party even attracted our governor at that time. The one and only Bill Clinton gave speeches and opened the facility. In fact, his picture can still be found at the depot.
Governor and later President Bill Clinton
The center features the Depot Museum located at 95 Missouri Street and the Visitors Center found at 141 Cherry Street.
The Visitors Center is composed of a three building museum that is constantly changing and adding new exhibits. One building is home to Delta Sounds which is dedicated to the music of the Arkansas Delta featuring blues, gospel, country, rockabilly and many other styles. The DCC is also the broadcast home for the country’s longest running daily blues radio show, King Biscuit Time. King Biscuit Time first hit the airwaves with KFFA on November 21, 1941. Each weekday at 12:15 p.m., the Visitors Center presents a live broadcast of the show with music. Make sure to stop by the museum gift shop too.
The Depot features a number of exhibits from agriculture, the river, railroading and history. There is even a a train caboose that visitors can check out. In the back of the museum is the Delta Eagle Room which can be rented for special events. Don’t forget to take the elevator up to the second floor where you can explore the role of Helena in the civil war.
Since the opening of the Depot museum, the Delta Cultural Center has continued to expand. Today the DCC operates three outside parks: Fort Curtis, Freedom Park and Battery C. It also includes the Moore-Hornor House, Beth El Heritage Hall, Miller Hotel and the Cherry Street Pavilion. The Education Department of the DCC is involved with local schools and other groups. Theres always something going on, so make sure to check out the Delta Cultural Center.
Hours of operation: Tuesday – Saturday. 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed on some holidays.
Delta Cultural Center. 141 Cherry Street. Helena, Arkansas 72342