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Historic constitution to visit Lecompton site

February 7, 2007

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The Lecompton Constitution will be on display this weekend at Constitution Hall.

The 150-year-old document is returning to the building where it was written. The document was hotly debated in Congress, and if it had been approved it could have made Kansas a slave state - and Lecompton the state capital. It also became a centerpiece in debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas.

The constitution was kept at Rutgers University for decades before it was given to the Kansas State Historical Society in 1957. It continues to be kept by the state.

It will be on display at Constitution Hall in Lecompton in conjunction with the annual Bleeding Kansas series of lectures and discussions. The constitution can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, Brian Matthew Jordan, from Gettysburg College, will speak on "The Little Giant and Old Buck: Stephen Douglas, James Buchanan and the Lecompton Constitution."

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