Archive for Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Museum marks Civil War with events spanning 2 days

August 8, 2012


Civil war buffs may want to visit Watkins Community Museum next week.

Schedule of events

Aug. 16

7 p.m. Author Debra Goodrich Bisel speaks about her new book, “Civil War in Kansas: 10 Years of Turmoil”

Aug. 18

8:30 a.m. Walking tour of Quantrill’s Raid

10 a.m. Fire and fallback: Quantrill’s leave-taking from Kansas

11:30 a.m. Walking tour of Quantrill’s Raid

2 p.m. Family program: meet the author of “A Voice for Kanzas”

4 p.m. Concert of Civil War era music

5 p.m. Roll-call of victims of Quantrill’s Raid

On Aug. 16 and 18, the museum, 1047 Mass., will commemorate local upheaval during the Civil War as part of the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau’s event Civil War on the Western Frontier.

“Since it was a defining moment for the area, I think it is really important for us to share this part of history with the public,” said Abby Pierron, programs coordinator for Watkins Community Museum.

At 7 p.m. Aug. 16, author Debra Goodrich Bisel will speak at the museum about her new book, “Civil War in Kansas: 10 Years of Turmoil.”

Saturday’s schedule is chock-full of events including walking tours of Quantrill’s Raid, Civil War era music, and a roll call of all victims of Quantrill’s raid.

“We are really excited to have this wide variety of programs,” Pierron said. “We are happy for people to come out for just one program or for the whole day.”

Pierron said last year’s events drew about 300 people and anyone wanting to take a walking tour should call 841-4109 to register because tours fill up fast. Advanced registration for the tour costs $5 for Douglas County Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. Non-members will pay $15 to register at the door.


justoneperson 5 years, 7 months ago

My understanding is that Lawrence was a stop on the Underground Railroad. At one point, there was an organization looking to set up an UR museum in Lawrence.

Is there any information on this? Is there any way to incorporate this into the current Watkins Museum or their exhibitions?

Abby Magariel 5 years, 7 months ago

The Watkins does have an exhibit on the Underground Railroad's presence in Douglas County. It looks at the evidence supporting the belief that the UGRR was active in this area. Come check it out and decide if you think the evidence shared in the exhibit (reproductions of photographs and letters) supports its existence-- it's all on the 3rd floor at the Watkins.

Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 7 months ago

I completely agree with the above post. Does anyone have information about Lawrence being a stop on the Underground Railroad?

justoneperson 5 years, 7 months ago

I got the same thing, but wondered why it's still not advertized/marketed...

When I was younger, I think I heard tales about underground passageways? Seems like that would be an awesome tour to add to a museum exhibition. At least I would do it.

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