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Park future

September 18, 2012


To the editor:

Today marks the 158th birthday of Lawrence. Just eight years ago, our town was bustling with activity as we celebrated our sesquicentennial and presented Sesquicentennial Point as a marker of our 150th birthday.

Next year there will be a commemoration of the Burning of Lawrence, an event that has marked our history forever. I hope that the organizers of this commemoration will see Sesquicentennial Point as a place for noting the sesquicentennial of Quantrill’s Raid in August 1863, almost 150 years ago.

Phase I of The Point is complete. Now we are working to complete Phase II of this beautiful space. Someday the Walk through Time will go the rest of the way down the hill to 2054, so that on the bicentennial of Lawrence there will be a walking history of Lawrence with an amphitheater for outdoor events. In 2054, Lawrence residents will be invited to open the time capsule and see what people valued in 2004.

Happy 158th birthday, Lawrence. There are many groups and organizations that will celebrate their sesquicentennial year between now and 2054. I hope that each one of them will want to sponsor a stone in the Walk through Time.

You can learn more about this beautiful space by visiting the website of Lawrence Parks and Recreation


Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 2 months ago

Amos Adams Lawrence

Amos Adams Lawrence by Lawrence Morgan

Thank you for this great post.

And let's thank Amos Adams Lawrence, for founding the town!


"Amos Adams Lawrence (1814-1886) - For whom the city of Lawrence, Kansas, was named, Amos was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 31, 1814. His preparation for college was made under the instruction of Reverend Jonathan F. Stearns. He graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor's Degree in 1835, and a Masters degree in 1838, after which he entered the mercantile business. He interested himself in the manufacture of cotton, which had been the business of his father, and was president and director of several banks and industrial corporations in Massachusetts. Lawrence married Sarah Elizabeth Appleton in 1842. He became associated with Eli Thayer and others in the colonization of Kansas and was treasurer of the Emigrant Aid Company. He was twice nominated for governor of Massachusetts by the Whigs and Unionists. At the outbreak of the Civil War he assisted in recruiting the Second Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. He built Lawrence Hall for the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, at a cost of $75,000. He was treasurer of Harvard College 1857-63, and an overseer 1879-85. In 1846 he gave $10,000 for the establishment of a literary institution in Appleton, Wisconsin called the Lawrence Institute (now Lawrence University) of Wisconsin. He gave nearly $12,000 toward founding a Free-State college in Kansas, which sum, after a series of changes, went to the University of Kansas. He died at Nahant, Massachusetts, August 22, 1886." (Historic People of Kansas)

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