Civil War Days continue through this week, bringing to life the struggles of Lawrence in the 1850s..
The city's first Civil War Days kicked off Sunday with a horse-drawn carriage ride to Lecompton, ice cream and lemonade and a trio playing mid-18th century music.
"I think it puts Lawrence on the map with other places that have historical events," said Lawrence resident Glenn Kappelman. "I think it's the beginning of a historic tradition. This sort of thing pulls people into Lawrence."
Sunday's event featured an ice cream and lemonade social, from which the proceeds were to be donated toward the commissioning of a painting by Lawrence artist Wayne Wildcat.
For the painting, to be titled "Jayhawker," Wildcat will create a character from Lawrence's past. The painting eventually will hang in the Eldridge Hotel, site of Sunday's benefit.
Steve Mason, who led an acoustic trio composed of himself and two daughters, played songs from the 1850s, including "Yellow Rose of Texas," "Rally Round the Flag" and "Whiskey Before Breakfast."
"A lot of it is old-time string music," Mason said. "We don't normally play in costume. We try to be versatile whenever necessary."
Rob Phillips, general manager of the Eldridge, said the event "gives a chance for people to know about what's going on during the week."
Phillips led a group of people on a horse-drawn carriage ride from the hotel to Lecompton.
In all, about 300 people stopped by during Sunday's events, said coordinator Kendra Hatfield.
Other Civil War Days events this week:
- Lecture, "Civil War in Bleeding Kansas: From John Brown to William C. Quantrill," 6:30 p.m., Eldridge Hotel. Cost includes dinner.
- Lecture: "William Clarke Quantrill: The man," 6:30 p.m., Eldridge Hotel. Cost includes dinner.
- Lawrence Out of the Ashes horse-drawn tour, departures at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., hosted by the Lawrence Preservation Alliance.
- Slide talk, "Widows, orphans and other survivors," noon, Eldridge Hotel. Cost includes lunch.
- Dramatization of pioneer abolitionist Julia Lovejoy's experiences in early Lawrence, noon, Eldridge Hotel. Cost includes lunch.
- Civil war re-enactors start setting up camp in Burcham Park, Indiana and Second.
- Civil War living history encampment open 8:30 a.m. to dusk, Burcham Park, Indiana and Second. Events scheduled throughout the day.
- Civil War living history encampment open 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Burcham Park, Indiana and Second.