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Archive for Thursday, August 10, 2000

Recalling the Civil War

Annual event offers activities for young and old

August 10, 2000

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Vicksburg. Appomatox. Atlanta. Antietam. Gettysburg.

Don McIntyre portrays Bill Anderson in "Voices in the Dawn," a play
about the survivors of William Quantrill's raid on Lawrence.
Anderson is a Missourian who joined William Quantrill's army to
avenge the deaths of his father, who was killed after being
convicted of horse stealing in Council Grove, and his sisters, who
were taken prisoner by Kansans.

Don McIntyre portrays Bill Anderson in "Voices in the Dawn," a play about the survivors of William Quantrill's raid on Lawrence. Anderson is a Missourian who joined William Quantrill's army to avenge the deaths of his father, who was killed after being convicted of horse stealing in Council Grove, and his sisters, who were taken prisoner by Kansans.

North fighting South, neighbor battling neighbor.

When one thinks of the Civil War, the great battles alongside the eastern rim of the United States come to mind.

But the truth is, the Civil War didn't start on the East Coast. It started in Kansas and Missouri.

In 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act opened the Kansas territory for settlement and gave settlers the right to vote on whether the territory would enter the Union as a slave or free state. Missouri was pro-slavery, Kansas became a free state, and border skirmishes between the two became more frequent and bloodier.

For the past five years, in August, Lawrence has remembered its link to the Civil War with a multi-day commemoration called "Civil War on the Western Frontier." Re-enactors come to town, experts give lectures and guided tours, and children are introduced to games played during the Civil War era.

The majority of the events are free; however, some events, such as Kay Kuhlmann's play "Voices in the Dawn" and the horse-drawn trolley tours, carry an admission fee.

"Everything's sold out each year and people are on waiting lists," said Judy Billings, executive director of the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau, which promotes and markets the event.

Billings said the number of people who take part in the events has not been documented, but she said attendance has increased each year.

Debbie White, manager of the Lawrence Visitors Center, said this year will usher in a few new events, such as "Bullets or Beans: Which Was Best? Civil War Medicine: Cursed or Blessed?" a re-enactment of the life of a Civil War doctor by Herschel and Jacqueline Stroud at the Lawrence Public Library; and a candlelight vigil in memory of those who died during William Quantrill's raid on Lawrence.

Here is a list of the events planned during this year's "Civil War on the Western Front":

Ongoing

"Voices of the Civil War," Civil War exhibit, today-Sept. 23, Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Free.

"Widow, Orphans and Other Survivors of Quantrill's Raid," exhibit of Quantrill raid artifacts, today-Sept. 25, Eldridge Hotel, 701 Mass. Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Free.

"Free State Fortress," film, today-Sept. 25, Lawrence Visitor Information Center, Second and Locust. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Free.

Monday-Tuesday

Jennifer Delisle and Mark Hartford dance during a scene from the
outdoor drama.

Jennifer Delisle and Mark Hartford dance during a scene from the outdoor drama.

"Kids, Let's Build a Mud Fort!," 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Eldridge Hotel. Sold out.

Wednesday

"Kids, Let's Make Signs," for ages 5-12, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Eldridge Hotel. Cost: $12. Registration: Call 832-7930.

"Textile Workshop: Constructing a 'Housewife'," 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History. Cost: $15.

Aug. 17

"Kids, Let's Make Signs," ages 5-12, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Eldridge Hotel. Cost: $12. Registration: Call 832-7930.

"Researching Quantrill and His Victims," a look into the museum files, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History. Free.

"Bullets or Beans: Which Was Best? Civil War Medicine: Cursed or Blessed?" lecture, 7:30 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Free.

Aug. 19

"Voices in the Dawn," play, 8 a.m., Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill. Cost: $4 for children under 12 and seniors and $5 for adults. Reservations required; call 865-4499.

"Walking Tour: Quantrill's Raid," 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Watkins Community Museum of History. Cost: $10.

Youngsters dressed in Civil War period clothing enjoy the "Civil
War on the Western Front" activities.

Youngsters dressed in Civil War period clothing enjoy the "Civil War on the Western Front" activities.

"The Ravine and the Raid," talk, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., gazebo in Watson Park, Seventh and Kentucky. Cost: $5. Reservations required; call 832-7930.

"Children's Indoor Games of the Civil War," 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Watkins Community Museum of History. Cost: $10.

"Horse-drawn Trolley Tour: Quantrill's Raid Related Sites," 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m., Eldridge Hotel. Cost: $10.

"Children's Outdoor Games of the Civil War," noon-1 p.m., Lawrence Visitors Center. Free.

"Where Did the Bushwhackers Go to Retire," slide show and discussion, 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Eldridge Hotel. Free.

"Why Were the Women Spared," talk, 2 p.m., Eldridge Hotel. Free.

Aug. 19: "Women's Dress-Out," talk, 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Lawrence Visitor Information Center. Free.

Aug. 19: "Bus Tour: Retracing Quantrill's Raiders," 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Eldridge Hotel. Cost: $12. Reservations required; call 832-7930.

"Ride With the Devil," movie, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Lawrence Visitor Information Center. Free.

Guided tour of historical Lecompton, 2 p.m., Lecompton Territorial Museum. Cost: Free.

Aug. 20

Lawrence residents experience the outdoor drama by Kay Kuhlmann at
Oak Hill Cemetery. From left are Betty Alderson, Lew Llewellyn and
his wife, Lois.

Lawrence residents experience the outdoor drama by Kay Kuhlmann at Oak Hill Cemetery. From left are Betty Alderson, Lew Llewellyn and his wife, Lois.

"Voices in the Dawn," play, 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Oak Hill Cemetery. Cost: $4 for children under 12 and seniors and $5 for adults. Reservations required; call 865-4499.

"Horse-drawn Trolley Tour: Quantrill's Raid Related Sites," 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m., Eldridge Hotel. Cost. $10.

"Untold Stories of Quantrill's Raid," 1:30 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History. Free.

"The Music of Stephen Foster," talk and performance, 2:30 p.m., Lawrence Public Library. Free.

"Douglas County: Birthplace of the Civil War," 3 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History. Free.

"Bus Tour: Retracing Quantrill's Raiders," 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Eldridge Hotel. Cost: $12. Reservations required; call 832-7930.

"Ride With the Devil," movie, 2 p.m., Lawrence Visitor Information Center. Free.

Guided tour of historical Lecompton, 2 p.m., Lecompton Territorial Museum. Cost: Free.

Aug. 21

"Voices in the Dawn," play, 8 a.m., Oak Hill Cemetery. Cost: $4 for children under 12 and seniors and $5 for adults. Reservations required; call 865-4499.

"Walking Tour: Quantrill's Raid," 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Watkins Community Museum of History. Cost: $10.

"Children's Outdoor Games of the Civil War," 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m., Lawrence Visitor Information Center. Free.

"Women's Dress-Out," 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Lawrence Visitor Information Center. Free.

"Tragic Losses, Heroic Triumphs: Lawrence's Quantrill's Raid," talk, 2 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History. Free.

"Stories of the Victims and Survivors," 7 p.m.-8 p.m., Oak Hill Cemetery. Cost: $5. Reservations preferred; call 832-7930.

"137th Anniversary of Quantrill's Raid," lecture, 7:30 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History. Free.

Candlelight vigil for Quantrill's victims, 8:30 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History. Free.

"Ride With the Devil," movie, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Lawrence Visitor Information Center. Free.

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