Area residents will have an opportunity to participate in their own special celebration of the 100th anniversary of Dwight D. Eisenhower's birth.
Actually, this year's Lecompton Territorial Days celebration will focus more on the events that preceded Eisenhower's birth specifically the courtship and marriage of his parents, David and Ida Eisenhower.
The Eisenhowers met at Lane University and were married there in a ceremony that will be re-enacted at 1 p.m. Saturday by State Sen. Wint Winter and his wife, Mary. Along with other traditional festival events, including a parade, turtle races and children's games, this year's Territorial Days also will feature a two-act play, called "Ida," about the lives of David and Ida Eisenhower. The play, written by Howard Duncan of Lecompton, will be presented at 4 p.m. at Lane University.
Lecompton has made many efforts in recent years, and particularly this year, to promote its interesting history as the state's first territorial capital. The presence of Lane University and the Eisenhowers also add to the town's lore.
Lecompton residents have worked hard to welcome visitors to their town this weekend, and the visit should be well worth the time to anyone interested in Kansas history.