#QR1863 Preview Party
- Friday, July 26, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St., Lawrence
- Age limit: Not available
The Watkins Museum of History invites the public to a special preview of #QR1863, the Quantrill's Raid community Twitter project. The museum will be open and celebrating the project during Final Friday, July 26 from 6-8 PM. Attendees will learn how to participate in-or simply how to follow along-the "live-tweeted" event scheduled for the 150th anniversary of Quantrill's Raid on Wednesday, August 21. Visit the Watkins during Final Friday for live music and refreshments, and meet some of the re-enactors who are helping make the Twitter project come alive.
Bringing together local actors, historical re-enactors and community members, the community Twitter project will have participants adopting the personas of those involved in the raid and tweeting as though the events were happening in real time. Anyone can follow along through the hashtag #QR1863 or through a Twitter feed on the 1863Lawrence.com website.
Just one of the many events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the raid, the community Twitter project began in June and will run throughout August. The bulk of the action will occur in the early morning hours of Aug. 21, the day 150 years earlier that William Quantrill and 400 of his men rode into Lawrence, murdering and burning as they went.
By sharing the story with the wide and diverse audience that makes up Twitter, the goal of the project is to pique interest in Lawrence's history and to create a narrative that can be used in educational settings...and also to see #QR1863 trending worldwide by the end of day on August 21.
The community project is a collaboration among Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, Watkins Community Museum, the Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence Arts Center, 1863 Commemorate Lawrence and the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau.
For more information on the Final Friday event, contact the Watkins Museum of History at 785-841-4109. To learn more about #QR1863, visit www.1863lawrence.comhttp://www.1863lawrence.com.