January 14, 2019
The Merci Train

Join Laurel Lamb of the University of Arkansas Museum will be at the Bella Vista Public Library on Monday, January 14th at 6:00 p.m. for our first Adult Speaker Session of the year! Come by the library to learn all about the Merci Train. After World War II, Americans banded together to send over 700 boxcars of relief supplies to Europe. In return, French citizens sent gifts of gratitude to the United States in what were called Merci Trains. The boxcars included a variety of materials, from art to postcards to furniture. One such train for Arkansas arrived in North Little Rock on February 13th, 1949. Merci Train gifts were dispersed to various organizations, including the University of Arkansas Museum.