Ferdinand F. Zellner, a music teacher at the Fayetteville Female Seminary, wrote two pieces of music that were published in 1856 by Balmer & Weber, a well respected publishing house in St. Louis, Mo.
The better known of the two compositions is the Fayetteville Polka, believed to be the first music published by an Arkansan.
Less well known is the second song that Zellner composed: the Sunbeam Schottisch. It's a bright, swaying composition that sounds like it should be the piano soundtrack for a silent movie. Like the polka, the schottische is another folk style of music that came out of Bohemia during the early 19th century. Zellner grew up in Prussia and knew well these two styles of music before coming to America.
The schottische style became fused with American ragtime at the turn of the 20th century. Download the Sunbeam Schottisch, performed in this recording by another Fayetteville resident, Mark Smidt.
The Old Field House at the University of Arkansas provided a stage for performers from its construction in 1937 to advent of rock concerts in the early 1970s. Here are some of the best known among them.
In 1951, Walter J. Lemke photographed a dozen homes in Fayetteville that he considered historic and made it a baker's dozen by adding a picture and description of the Masonic Hall. Although most of the buildings are still standing, several have since been torn down.
The first history of the University of Arkansas included more than a dozen photos of the campus as it appeared just after the turn of the century. Most of the buildings are no longer standing, and nearly all of those that do remain are used in new capacities.