'Bleeding Kansas' series begins in Lecompton
Lecompton The Constitution Hall State Historic Site has announce series. The series includes talks and dramatic interpretations on the issue of slavery and the violent conflicts that arose as a result in the Kansas Territory from 1854 to 1861.
The events are:
Feb. 3: "Constitution Hall/Topeka," a lecture by Lawrence resident Robert S. Johnson on the history of the hall.
Feb. 17: "Lincoln and Kansas: Partnership for Freedom," a lecture by Carol Dark Ayres on the role of "Bleeding Kansas" in Lincoln's presidential campaign.
March 3: "Florella Adair's Story," a first-person interpretation by Mary Florella Buster. Buster is the great-great-granddaughter of Adair, who was the wife of abolitionist preacher Samuel Adair and the half-sister of John Brown Sr.
March 10: "The Free Sons of the North vs. The Myrmidons of Border Ruffianism: What Makes a Man in Bleeding Kansas?" a lecture by Kristen Tegtmeier, a history professor at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss.
March 24: "Clarina Nichols: Frontier Freedom Fighter," a lecture by Diane Eickhoff on Nichols, who was an abolitionist and suffragette.
April 7: "Ely Moore's Story of Lecompton," a first-person portrayal of Lecompton settler Ely Moore by actor J. Howard Duncan.
All events begin at 2 p.m. in Constitution Hall, 319 Elmore. They are free and open to the public. For more information, call (785) 887-6520.
Garden transformed into Tahiti eden
St. Louis The Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., is being transformed into a tropical Tahiti garden for the park's annual orchid show.
Life-size figures from nine of artist Paul Gauguin's work will be displayed among hundreds of blooming orchids.
The orchid show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through March 17. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for seniors, in addition to regular admission.