The Fort Smith Museum of History is displaying the only known painting of the first Fort Smith through March 31 as part of the city's year-long bicentennial celebration. The watercolor was painted by Samuel Seymour in 1820 while he was part of the Rocky Mountain Expedition to explore the lands acquired through the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.
Tomorrow night, a concert dedicated to Fort Smith native Alphonso Trent will begin with a documentary about the musician's life. The show is at the Blue Lion, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:30. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. The event is part of Fort Smith's bicentennial celebration.
It was Dec. 25, 1817 when the first Fort Smith began operation. Christmas afternoon at 2:00, the city will begin a year-long celebration of the bicentennial at Belle Point with a recreation of that event in 1817.