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St. Patrick's Day Dance posterSt. Patrick's Day Dance poster, 1920s
Donated by Dr. William C. Donovan

This poster was discovered behind a framed photo purchased by the donor at a flea market. Mitchell's Orchestra was led by Owen C. Mitchell (1885-1959), a music instructor at the University of Arkansas. During the course of his twenty-one-year career at the UA, Mitchell directed the band and the ROTC band. He also directed the Ozark movie theater's orchestra as well as dance orchestras which played at local venues such as the Rogers Elks Hall. During the final stage of his career, Mitchell taught music lessons to children of all ages at his studio on Center Street.

The poster likely dates to the 1920s, the heyday of Owen Mitchell's orchestral career. Another clue pointing to the vintage of the poster: in 1920 and 1926 March 17 fell on Wednesday.

Rogers Elks Lodge No. 1223 was organized on February 11, 1911, with forty-six members. The lodge met a various locations in the downtown area until disbanding in 1934. A new lodge, No. 2411, was chartered in 1959 and still exists today. The lodge hall is located on South 40th Street north of the Pinnacle Hills Promenade.

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