Folks in Lecompton are hoping the new movie "Lincoln" will spark more interest in their historic town.
The movie, which will be released this week, is based on the book "Team of Rivals," by Doris Kearns Goodwin. In that book, events in Kansas and Lecompton that led up to the Civil War are covered.
"Many Kansans are totally unaware of the impact this little town in Kansas had on our nation's history," said Paul Bahnmaier, president of the Lecompton Historical Society.
It was the Lecompton Constitution, which would have admitted Kansas as a slave state and was rejected, that split the national Democratic Party and helped Abraham Lincoln win election in 1860.
The city of Lecompton, located in Douglas County, has about 600 people and several historic sites.