With the 149th anniversary of William Clarke Quantrill’s raid of Lawrence on Aug. 21, this month is a big one for Kansas Civil War history events.
In addition to events this weekend marking the raid at Watkins Community Museum , the Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton and the Lawrence Visitor Center as well as Parks and Recreation will host several commemorative events. Here’s a look at some of the happenings:
• The Territorial Capital Museum will have tours of Constitution Hall and the Territorial Democratic Headquarters at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the museum, 640 E. Woodson in Lecompton.
• A talk and signing by local author Ronda Hassig on Jacob Rote, a middle-school-aged victim of the raid. It will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the visitor center, 402 N. Second.
• The visitor center is also showing two era-themed movies for free. “Ride With the Devil” starts at 11 a.m. Saturday; “Bloody Dawn: The Lawrence Massacre” at 3 p.m. Sunday.
• Parks and Recreation has an event for the kids Monday and Tuesday morning: building a mud fort like the ones built in attempts to protect Lawrence from Missouri raids. The event starts at 9 a.m. each day at 115 W. 11th St. and requires pre-registration, which can be done by calling 832-7920.
• On Thursday, the Watkins Museum, 1047 Mass., will have a talk by author Debra Goodrich Bisel on her book, “Civil War in Kansas: 10 Years of Turmoil.” It’s at 7 p.m.
• Parks and Recreation is also having a flashlight tour of the graves of Quantrill’s Raid victims on Friday . The tour sets out at 8 p.m. from 115 W. 11th St. Call 832-7920 to register.
• Watkins will have a walking tour of the path of Quantrill’s Raid that starts from the museum at 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.
• Watkins has another book talk at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 with Debra McArthur, author of young adult historical fiction title “A Voice for Kanzas.”
• At 4 p.m. Aug. 18, Watkins will have a concert of Civil War-era music and at 5 p.m., a reading of the names of raid victims.