Welcome to Little Italy, Arkansas.
Generations of Arkansans have called Little Italy home. Settled in 1915 by Italian immigrants, the community today still contains descendants of the first people to this area as well as newer families who enjoy the beauty of nature and wide open spaces of this well-loved historic land.
Little Italy Celebrates Its Centennial
100+ years strong!
The Butler Center For Arkansas Studies issues Press Release on Legacies & Lunch featuring history of Little Italy
April 20, 2016 -
Not long after Little Italy was settled in central Arkansas, the community became a Prohibition-era oasis for winemakers and consumers. At Legacies & Lunch on Wednesday, May 4, from noon-1 p.m. in the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Main Library's Darragh Center, 100 Rock St., Chris Dorer will discuss his book, Images of America: Little Italy, and his research on the area's history.
Little Italy, a community in central Arkansas, was settled in 1915 by Italian immigrants. Little Italy's natural resources, population of skilled winemakers, and tolerant lawmakers contributed to the area's reputation during the Prohibition for producing clean alcohol during a time when many people died due to poisonous alcohol sold by amateur distillers. Dorer is a history teacher and chair of the history department at Central High School in Little Rock. Copies of Images of America: Little Italy will be available for purchase, and Dorer will sign copies after his talk.
Legacies & Lunch, the Butler Center's monthly lecture series, is free, open to the public, and sponsored in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council. Attendees are invited to bring a sack lunch; drinks and dessert are provided. For more information, call 501-918-3033.
Little Italy is Incorporating into a Town; celebrates its centennial as a historic community in Arkansas.
Little Italy celebrated its 100th year this past December 23, 2015 as a historic community in Arkansas. We want to make the community official, preserve our heritage, and improve services by becoming a town recognized by the state. This is a grassroots movement nearly 5 years in the making preceded by a 15 year promotional and historical preservation effort.
2/26/16: Incorporation was denied by Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde.
Read the Judge's 2/26/16 decision here.
3/23/16: CURRENT STATUS: LITTLE ITALY INCORPORATION PETITIONERS FILED AN APPEAL IN CIRCUIT COURT.
Read the Little Italy Incorporation 3/23/16 appeal filing here.
Document updates as of 12/17/2015: