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Archive for Sunday, August 14, 2005

Civil War events planned this week

August 14, 2005

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Here's a look at events scheduled for the 10th annual Civil War on the Western Frontier. All events are free unless otherwise indicated. Some events require registration in advance.

Monday

¢ 9 a.m.-11 a.m., "Kids, Let's Build a Mud Fort!": Day One, presented by Katie Armitage, Gwen Dobson and Debbie White. In the 1850s, Lawrence men built mud forts to protect the city from groups of Missourians camped along the Wakarusa River. On day one, kids will learn about the history of the forts. On the second day they will build one, Visitor Information Center, reservations required. $

Tuesday

¢ 9 a.m.-11 a.m., "Kids, Let's Build a Mud Fort!": Day Two, participants will build a mud fort, Visitor Information Center, reservations required. $

¢ 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., "A is for Abe," a story hour for children ages 5 to 7 focused on the people and events associated with the Civil War, presented by Kerry Lippincott, Watkins Community Museum of History, reservations required. $

¢ Noon-1 p.m., "Dragoons to Cavalry," the forefathers of the cavalry spent much of their existence in Kansas. Come learn about these mounted troops and the end of an era, presented by John Nichols, Watkins Community Museum of History.

¢ 7 p.m., "General James G. Blunt," Robert Collins, author of a new biography about Kansas Civil War General James G. Blunt, will discuss the general's life and take questions from the audience. Book signing to follow, Watkins Community Museum of History.

Robbie Walker, Hoyt, puts a piece of cornbread on Arlene Walker's plate, also from Hoyt, during a Civil War re-enactment in August 2004. Events for this year's Civil War on the Western Frontier will take place at the Watkins Community Museum of History, Lawrence Public Library, South Park and other area locations.

Robbie Walker, Hoyt, puts a piece of cornbread on Arlene Walker's plate, also from Hoyt, during a Civil War re-enactment in August 2004. Events for this year's Civil War on the Western Frontier will take place at the Watkins Community Museum of History, Lawrence Public Library, South Park and other area locations.

Wednesday

¢ Noon, film: "Dark Command," bring your lunch and enjoy a showing of "Dark Command," starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor and Walter Pidgeon. Set in Bleeding Kansas, Bob Seton (Wayne) and William Cantrell (Pidgeon) vie for the federal marshal of Kansas, Watkins Community Museum of History.

¢ 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., "Billy Yank & Johnny Reb," through hands-on activities, children ages 8-12 will learn about life during the Civil War, Watkins Community Museum of History, reservations required. $

¢ 7 p.m., "The H.L. Hunley & Her Crew: Discovery, Recovery and Burial," learn about the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley, how the Hunley and her crew were recovered from their watery grave and how the crew was laid to rest in the last Civil War burial, Watkins Community Museum of History.

Thursday

¢ Noon, film, "The Stranger Wore A Gun," starring Randolph Scott, follow the Arizona-based adventures of Lt. Jeff Travis and Jules Maurette, both of whom once rode with William Quantrill, Watkins Community Museum of History.

¢ 7 p.m., "The Wild Side: American History 1854-1881," from Bleeding Kansas and Quantrill's Raid through the Lincoln assassination and the Indian wars, presenters Debra and Thomas Goodrich will discuss the wild side of American history with crowd-friendly anecdotes, Watkins Community Museum of History.

Friday

¢ Noon-1 p.m., "Frontier Military Posts - and the Women Who Called Them Home," bring your lunch and be introduced to the different women on a frontier military post, their day-to-day routines, social interactions and how they functioned under Victorian and military constraints, presented by Marla Matkin, Watkins Community Museum of History.

¢ 6:30 p.m., concert and movie screening, the Free Staters start off the evening with a concert and dance demonstration. Immediately following is the Lawrence debut of a new documentary, "Touched by Fire, Bleeding Kansas," reservations required, Central Junior High School. $








Legend

¢ Central Junior High School, 14th and Massachusetts streets, 841-4109 ¢ Hobbs Park Memorial, 10th and Delaware, 749-7394 ¢ Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., 843-3833 ¢ Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill Road, 841-4109 ¢ Territorial Capital Museum-Lane Museum, 640 E. Woodson Ave., Lecompton, (785) 887-6285 ¢ Visitor Information Center, 402 N. Second St., 865-4499, www.visitlawrence.com ¢ Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass., 841-4109 ¢ $: A per-person fee will be charged for this event.

Saturday

¢ 7:30 a.m., Quantrill's Raid Walking Tour, trace the activities of August 21, 1863, the day of Quantrill's Raid. The events leading up to and after the raid will be discussed, presented by local historian Katie Armitage, depart from Watkins Community Museum of History, reservations are preferred. $

¢ 9 a.m., Quantrill's Raid Walking Tour, presented by local historian John Jewell, depart from Watkins Community Museum of History, reservations preferred. $

¢ 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Union Civil War Encampment, artillery cannon fire, equipment displays and Civil War-era camp life, presented by Battery B, 3rd Kansas, Light Artillery, west side of South Park.

¢ 10 a.m.-11 a.m., African-American Family History, tracing African American ancestors is often difficult. Thirkelle Harris Howard will share methods and resources that might help uncover African-American family histories, Lawrence Public Library.

¢ 11:15 a.m., "The Battle of Black Jack: Civil War Begins in Kansas," Kerry Altenbernd, a member of the Black Jack Battlefield Trust, will talk about the events in Kansas that sparked the Civil War and about the group's efforts to preserve this important site, Lawrence Public Library.

¢ 1 p.m., "It Happened Here: Kansas & the Civil War" Don Coldsmith, one of America's best-selling historical novelists, will discuss Kansas' pivotal role in the battle to save the Union, co-sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, Lawrence Public Library.

¢ 1 p.m., Guided Tour of Historic Lecompton, experience pre-Civil War history with a tour of Constitution Hall, Territorial Capital Museum, Democratic Headquarters and more, presented by Charlene Winter and Paul Bahnmaier, Territorial Capital Museum.

Playing hide and seek, from left, are Tasman Grout and Christina Reinhard, both of  Lawrence, in this file photo of a previous Civil War on the Western Frontier event. Reinhard is wearing traditional clothing from the 1860s, the time of Quantrill's Raid.

Playing hide and seek, from left, are Tasman Grout and Christina Reinhard, both of Lawrence, in this file photo of a previous Civil War on the Western Frontier event. Reinhard is wearing traditional clothing from the 1860s, the time of Quantrill's Raid.

¢ 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m., film, "Ride With The Devil," directed by Ang Lee, this Civil War drama stars Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich and Jeffrey Wright as three friends who are avid supporters of the Confederate cause. Fighting as civilians, the three men pledge their allegiance to the South by killing unsuspecting Union soldiers, Visitor Information Center.

¢ 2:15 p.m., "Military Trails in Kansas," Debra Goodrich, publisher of the Kansas Journal of Military History, will discuss where military trails were located in Kansas, how they were used and where they are now, Lawrence Public Library.

¢ 7 p.m., "The Common Civil War Soldier & His Wife," get a glimpse into the life of Baltzer and Amanda Young, a Civil War soldier and his wife, presented by Dr. Herschel and Jacque Stroud, Watkins Community Museum of History.

Sunday

¢ 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Union Civil War Encampment, artillery cannon fire, equipment displays and Civil War-era camp life, presented by Battery B, 3rd Kansas, Light Artillery, west side of South Park.

¢ 11:30 a.m., Quantrill's Raid Vigil, the names of all known victims will be read with speeches in memory of each of the nearly 200 killed. Civil War re-enactors will portray the historic characters. The vigil ends with the playing of "Taps," presented by Watkins Community Museum of History staff and historical re-enactors, Oak Hill Cemetery.

¢ 12:30 p.m., Oak Hill Cemetery Tour, visit the burial site of many of the victims of Quantrill's Raid, their widows and other prominent citizens of Douglas County, presented by local historian John Jewell, reservations required. $

¢ 1 p.m., Guided Tour of Historic Lecompton, experience pre-Civil War history with a tour of Constitution Hall, Territorial Capital Museum, Democratic Headquarters and more, presented by Charlene Winter and Paul Bahnmaier, Territorial Capital Museum.

¢ 3 p.m., "The Civil War Through Indian Eyes," examines the involvement of Indian peoples in the Civil War. These Indians chose sides - some fought for the Union, and some fought for the Confederacy, presented by George Wheeler, Watkins Community Museum of History.

¢ 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Civil War Bus Tour, board an air-conditioned bus for a Quantrill's Raid tour en route to Oak Hill Cemetery. We'll visit graves of Civil War soldiers and victims of Quantrill's Raid, presented by local historian Katie Armitage, reservations required, departs from Visitor Information Center. $

Monday-Aug. 21

¢ St. Luke AME Church Exhibit: The Murphy-Bromelsick House was built between 1866 and 1869 by Irish and German immigrants. The house was moved to Hobbs Park as a memorial to John Speer, a local abolitionist. An exhibit on St. Luke AME Church is on display there.

¢ Film: "Lawrence Free State Fortress," 25-minute docudrama showcases Lawrence's history from settlement through Quantrill's raid, Visitor Information Center.

Comments

pslash 8 years, 8 months ago

About the Historical Events this week:

It is wonderful that there is so much historical information available about these horrendous events. The barbaric nature of wars comes home to Lawrencians and to all Americans through contact with these parts of our past which, if memory serves us properly, can help us avoid furture tragedies. This kind of project can also help everyone involved to understand that many of today's wars have roots in misguided beliefs, old rivalries, and tenacious emotional baggage. Thanks to all who came together to bring the community this jewel.

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pslash 8 years, 8 months ago

It is wonderful that there is so much historical information available about these horrendous events. The barbaric nature of wars comes home to Lawrencians and to all Americans through contact with these parts of our past which, if memory serves us properly, can help us avoid furture tragedies. This kind of project can also help everyone involved to understand that many of today's wars have roots in misguided beliefs, old rivalries, and tenacious emotional baggage. Thanks to all who came together to bring the community this jewel.

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