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History project brings details of city's past to Lawrence trail system

Stories and photographs consigned largely to archives — the amusement park that influenced Langston Hughes, the camp that held German prisoners of war during World War II — are taking a more visible place in Lawrence’s history.

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Public invited to share memories of Vietnam War this month at Dole Institute 'Storybooth'

This month, in conjunction with the release of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s “The Vietnam War,” Kansas City PBS affiliate KCPT is inviting local vets — and others who lived through the era — to share their experiences. After six months traveling around the Kansas City area, KCPT’s Storybooth makes its last stop this month at the Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive.

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Tree display fills Lecompton museum with Christmas spirit

When Dennis Gowing brought his 15-year-old granddaughter Saturday to the Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton to see the nativity scene he made for the museum, she couldn’t see his handiwork for the trees.

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A Lawrence WWII vet remembers the song he wrote for the girl back home; 72 years later, their love story endures

Music is what brought Bruce and Chris Linton together as college sweethearts 75 years ago. It’s also what kept the couple connected to each other while war tore the rest of the world apart. Their story is one of love surmounting all odds, like something out of a wind-swept romance starring the handsome American soldier and the pretty girl waiting for him back home. The Lintons’ story has all that and more — because it actually happened.

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KU football uniforms to pay homage to Civil War regiment with complicated legacy

When the KU football team pays tribute to the Sunflower State’s Civil War heritage in this weekend’s game against Baylor, they’ll also be honoring a Kansas abolitionist fighter with a murky past.

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Amid anti-Confederate wave, Lecompton sites walk a fine line

Historic sites in Lecompton, the 1850s-era territorial capital of Kansas, tell the story of the unsuccessful efforts to have Kansas admitted to the union as a slave state. But officials there have been able to avoid controversy sweeping other parts of the nation over Confederate monuments, largely because of the way the sites are interpreted and the story is told.

‘Little House on the Prairie’ cabin to be rebuilt

The deteriorating log cabin at the “Little House on the Prairie” site in Kansas is expected to soon get a makeover. The current cabin was re-created and built near Independence in 1977, during the peak of popularity for a television series based on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books centered on her childhood.

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Lawrence resident pens 'love letter' to Amelia Earhart, Atchison's hometown heroine

Amelia Earhart had been missing nearly 10 years before Jeannine Wyatt was even born. Still, separated by time and space, Wyatt always felt a connection with her hometown heroine, a fellow tomboy who played along the same bluff high above the Missouri River some 50 years before. Across generations, two girls sat not far from each other, dreaming their dreams. That’s how Wyatt, now 70, reminisces about her childhood in Atchison, where stories of the famous aviator, born there in 1897, loomed large.

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Fort Scott expansion bill passes U.S. House

The bill allows the Fort Scott National Historic Site to accept the donation of a Civil War-era blockhouse known as Lunette Blair, which stands next to the fort but has never officially been part of the park.

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Restorers of Vinland church offer piece of history to the right buyer

Stan Lawson said the ideal buyer of the property he owns in Vinland with 16 other people would be an artist or craftsman with an interest in historical preservation and owner of a small airplane.

Wilson's Creek Civl War Reenactment

Civil War re-enactors with the 3rd Kansas, Battery B, light artillery unit, including two men from Lawrence, participated in the Wilson's Creek 150th Anniversary Reenactment on August 12-14 near Springfield, Mo. William Quantrill fought with the Missouri Guard in the battle, August 10, 1861, considered the second major battle of the Civil War. Two years later, Quantrill attacked Lawrence.

Water Witching the Whereabouts

Emily Bergens Louni talks about Lecompton resident Iona Spencer's use of the water witching technique in helping her find the unmarked grave of her ancestor at Stull Cemetery.

An Honor Finally Bestowed

Emily Bergers Louni, a descendant of Christopher Columbus Blake, a Union soldier during the Civil War, talks about the importance of dedicating his grave nearly 100 years after his death.

Lecompton Historical Society president reacts to Kansas House resolution

Paul Bahnmaier, president of the Lecompton Historical Society, speaks Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in the Capitol after the Kansas House approved a resolution recognizing Lecompton for its role in state and national history.

Practice makes perfect: black history month musical

Members of St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church practice for the upcoming black history month musical.

KU librarian researches the history of bumper stickers

Kansas University librarian Whitney Baker talks about tracing the history of the bumper sticker to Kansas.

Make your own Kansas Day cake

LJWorld.com reporter Brenna Hawley demonstrates how to make a sunflower cake to celebrate Kansas' 150th birthday. Kansas Day is Saturday, Jan. 29.

Old wagon wheel being inspected

A wagon wheel that may have come from an old covered wagon is being inspected for authenticity. The area is being searched and checked to verify the possibilities.

One murder, two very different sides

Steve Haddock and Lannie Ornburn, Assistant District Attorney for Johnson County, discuss the murder of Barbara Haddock.

Students celebrate, study Kansas history

Elementary students spent Kansas' birthday by exploring the state's history as part of a social studies project.