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Archive for Sunday, August 5, 2001

SUN Civil War on the Western Frontier

August 5, 2001

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"Some events are repeat items because they are so popular," said Debbie White, manager of the Lawrence Visitor Center in the Union Pacific Depot in North Lawrence. "The word (about the event) is growing. I had a writer from California call who wanted to be involved, and more and more reenactors are contacting me."

Civil War on the Western Frontier spans the years 1854-1865, a time that set the stage for the state to become known as Bleeding Kansas. The activities, which begin Saturday, lead up to the anniversary of William Quantrill's bloody raid on Lawrence, which took place Aug. 21, 1863.

White said some of the new events and highlights include:

l Aug. 19: A picnic at the Blue Jacket Crossing near Eudora, noon to 2 p.m. Swales made by covered wagons heading to Oregon are still visible at the crossing. The picnic is free, but participants must pack their own lunches.

l Aug. 14: "Civil War Valor in Stone and Bronze," a free illustrated lecture by Randall M. Thies, an archeologist with the Kansas State Historical Society, 7 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. Thies will talk about the statues, cannons and monuments created to honor the courage and sacrifice of Union veterans who moved to Kansas after the war.

l Aug. 19: A walking procession to Oak Hill Cemetery, 8 a.m., meet at the East Lawrence Recreation Center, 1245 E. 15th St. A half-mile walk to the cemetery, with historical figures joining the group as they walk. The first stage of the Jeff Reinhard Memorial Project will be unveiled. Reinhard, a Civil War on the Western Frontier presenter, died this year. The event is free.

l Aug. 19: The dedication ceremony for the Murphy-Bromelsick house in Hobbs Park, 5 p.m., Hobbs Park, 10th and Delaware streets. The house is from the time of Quantrill's raid. The free ceremony will include music and refreshments.

l Aug. 21: The candelight vigil to remember the nearly 200 victims of Quantrill's raid, ending with the playing of "Taps," 8:30 p.m., Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass. The vigil is free.

Other Civil War on the Western Frontier events include:

Ongoing

l "Reflections of the War: Women and Their Civil War Quilts," an exhibit of quilt panels with illustrations and text exploring the turbulent times in Kansas during the Civil War period, through October, Watkins Museum. Free.

l "Lawrence: Free State Fortress," a docu-drama about Lawrence's history, from its settlement through Quantrill's raid, through October, Lawrence Visitor Center. Free.

Saturday

l Textile workshop by Holly Turner, a historical costumer and historian, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Watkins Museum. Reservations preferred; call 841-4109. Fee.

Aug. 13

l "Kids, Let's Build a Mud Fort: Day 1," presented by educator-historians Katie Armitage and Debbie Hadl-Kelley, for children ages 6-12 accompanied by an adult, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Eldridge Hotel, Seventh and Massachusetts streets. Reservations required; call Lawrence Parks and Recreation, 832-7930. Fee.

Aug. 14

l "Kids, Let's Build a Mud Fort: Day 2," presented by Armitage and Hadl-Kelley, continued from the day before, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Constant Park, Fifth and Tennessee streets. Reservations required; call Lawrence Parks and Recreation, 832-7930. Fee.

Aug. 15

l "Researching Quantrill and His Victims," participants have access to files and illustrations related to the Quantrill raid and its victims, no presenters but museum staff will be available to answer questions, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Watkins Museum. Free.

Aug. 16

l "Bullets or Beans: Which Was Best? Civil War Medicine: Cursed or Blessed?" Herschel and Jacqueline Stroud portray a Civil War doctor and his wife, 7 p.m., Lawrence Public Library. Free.

Aug. 17

l "Ride With the Devil," an R-rated Civil War movie by Ang Lee that was filmed in part in Lawrence and stars Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich and Jeffrey Wright, 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m., Visitor Information Center. Free.

l Spinning and weaving demonstration, by fiber artist Regina Shaver, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Watkins Museum. Free.

Aug. 18

l "Walking Tour: Quantrill's Raid," a tour of the path of Quantrill's raid by Watkins Museum director Steve Jansen, who will talk about the environmental, political and cultural factors behind the raid, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Watkins Museum. Reservations required; call 841-4109. Fee.

l "The Ravine and the Raid," a walking tour of the ravine in Buford M. Watson Jr. Park, where a number of men hid during Quantrill's raid, led by Armitage, 8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., meet at park gazebo, Seventh and Kentucky streets. Light breakfast served. Reservations required; call 832-7930. Fee.

l "Ride With the Devil," 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m., Visitor Information Center. Free.

l "Horse-Drawn Trolley Tour: Quantrill's Raid-Related Sites," led by educator-historian Paul Stuewe, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m., meet at Eldridge Hotel. Reservations required; call 749-5011. Fee.

l Tour of Lecompton Historical Capital, presented by Lecompton Historical Society, 1 p.m., Territorial Capital Museum, Lecompton. Free.

l "Behind the Scenes with Mary Todd Lincoln," actress Marlene Katz portrays President Lincoln's wife, 1:30 p.m.-2 :30 p.m., Eldridge Hotel. Fee.

l "Widows, Orphans and Survivors of Quantrill's Raid," a slide show by Armitage, 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Eldridge Hotel. Free.

l "Veterans," a one-act play by Jeff Reinhard and David Bears, directed by Kay Kuhlmann, 7 p.m., location to be announced. Reservations required; call 865-4499, ext. 430. Free (donations welcome).

l Camp re-enactment, 9 p.m., location to be announced. Free.

Aug. 19

l Camp re-enactment breakfast, 7 a.m.-7:45 a.m., location to be announced. Reservations required by Aug. 18; call 865-4499, Ext. 430. Free (donations welcome).

l "Horse-Drawn Trolley Tour: Quantrill's Raid-Related Sites," led by Stuewe, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m., meet at Eldridge Hotel. Reservations required; call 749-5011. Fee.

l Tour of Lecompton Historical Capital, 1 p.m., Territorial Capital Museum, Lecompton. Free.

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

l "Untold Stories of Quantrill's Raid," by Martha Parker, director of the Clinton Lake Museum, photos and narratives by Wakarusa Valley residents relating to Quantrill's raid, 2 p.m., Watkins Museum. Free.

l "Bus Tour: Retracing Quantrill's Raiders," led by Armitage, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., meet at Eldridge Hotel. Reservations required; call 832-7930. Fee.

l "Douglas County: Symbolic Birthplace of the Civil War," talk on the Missouri-Kansas border wars by Jansen, Tim Rues, curator of Constitution Hall in Lecompton, and Paul Bahnmaier of the Lecompton Historical Society, 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Watkins Museum. Free.

Aug. 21

l "Walking Tour: Quantrill's Raid," by Jansen, 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Watkins Museum. Reservations required; call 841-4109. Fee.

l Bus tour of Quantrill's raid sites and wreath laying at Pioneer Cemetery, led by Armitage, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., meet at Eldridge Hotel. Reservations required; call 832-7930. Fee.

l "138th Anniversary of Quantrill's Raid," a talk by Jansen about the events leading up to Quantrill's raid, 7:30 p.m., Watkins Museum. Reservations required; call 841-4109. Fee.

Aug. 22

l "Civil War Weapons," by Jansen, a collection of 1861-1865 military weapons will be shown, collectors are encouraged to bring their collections, 2 p.m., Watkins Museum. Reservations required; call 841-4109. Fee

-- Features-arts editor Jan Biles can be reached at 832-7146.

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