Date Original

1917 October 14


Program for the Dedication Exercises of the Y.M.C.A. [Young Men's Christian Association] Auditorium at Camp Pike, Pulaski County, Arkansas, on October 14, 1917. Program from the Charles H. Brough Collection. Charles Hillman Brough (1876-1935) was governor of Arkansas from 1917-1921.

Biographical/Historical Note

Camp Pike, known as Camp Joseph T. Robinson since 1937, is located in present day North Little Rock, Arkansas. Named in honor of Brigadier General Zebulon M. Pike, Camp Pike served as a home and training camp for the 87th Division (National Army) and then as a replacement training facility after the division deployed to France during World War I. Construction totaling about $13,000,000 on the camp began in June 1917 and was substantially complete by November 1917. The post was a demobilization station and home for the U.S. Third Infantry Division as World War I came to an end. Between World War I and World War II, the camp served as the headquarters of the Arkansas National Guard. During World War II, Camp Robinson became a replacement training center, primarily for basic training and medics, and a German prisoner of war facility. As of 2014, Camp Joseph T. Robinson serves as a 33,000-acre training facility for the Army National Guard and is the headquarters for the Arkansas National Guard.


Dedication Exercises
of the
Camp Pike
Sunday, October fourteenth
Nineteen hundred seventeen
at 2 p.m. Programme
J.B. Dickinson
State President Y.M.C.A.
1. Complimentary Concert ..... 153d Infantry Band, U.S.N.G.
2. "America" ..... All singing
Led by Howard Wade Kimsey.
3. Invocation ..... Chaplain F. W. Gee, 153d Infantry, U.S.N.G.
4. Tenor Solo "In Native Worth" (from "The Creation") ..... Handel
Arch G. Wilson
5. Address .....Mayor C. E. Taylor, of Little Rock
6. Contralto Solo- "Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me"..... H.W. B. Barnes
Mrs. Will Henniger.
7. Address ..... Governor Charles H. Brough, of Arkansas
8. Quartette ..... Selected
Mrs. Fred Isgrig, Mrs. Will Henniger, Arch G. Wilson, H.W. Kimsey
9. Presentation of Auditorium ..... Charles Kurtzhalz, Camp Secretary
10. Response .....
Major General Samuel D. Sturgis
Commanding Eighty-seventh Division U.S.N.A.
11. "Star-Spangled Banner".....

Physical Description

Document (front and back), 6" x 6.5"


Military camps; Military training; War; World War I, 1914-1918; Auditoriums; Religious groups; Music


Camp Pike (Ark.); United States. Army; YMCA of the USA

Geographical Area

Camp Pike, Pulaski County (Ark.)




MS.000487, Scrapbook 16

Resource Type



Charles Hillman Brough collection, MS.000487


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Dedication exercises of the Y.M.C.A. auditorium, Camp Pike, Charles Hillman Brough collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Dedication exercises of the Y.M.C.A. auditorium, Camp Pike