Archive for Thursday, August 9, 2012

Civil War history events scheduled

August 9, 2012


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.


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