During the time of "Bleeding Kansas," the nation watched as violence erupted. Abolitionist John Brown came to Osawatomie and became involved in the conflict.
On Aug. 30, 1856, free state and pro-slavery men clashed in what became known as the Battle of Osawatomie. Much of the community was burned during the battle.
The 150th anniversary of the Battle of Osawatomie will be commemorated on the original battleground in a communitywide event at John Brown Memorial Park, 10th and Main streets, in Osawatomie.
The Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the Battle of Osawatomie will be from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26.
Events will include re-enactments, pioneer crafts and displays, a Bleeding Kansas campsite, children's games, food vendors, music by The Freestaters, and baseball game played by 1860s rules with the Old Cowtown Vintage Baseball Team.
A schedule of events is posted at the Kansas State Historical Society Web site, www.kshs.org.