August 12 and 13
Kids, Let’s Build a Mud Fort
9 a.m. to noon, Lawrence Visitors Center, 402 N. Second St.
Learn about when Kansas was still a western territory and Lawrence residents built forts made of mud in case of raids by pro-slavery guerrillas. Participants must pre-register. Cost: $25 per child and adult pair. Register online at http://www.lawrenceks.org/lprd/webenroll
Quantrill’s Raid Graveyard Walk
8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Oak Hill Cemetery
Participants must be at least 8 years old. Pre-registration is required. Cost: $17 per person. The walk is currently booked, but there is a waiting list for interested parties. Register online at http://www.lawrenceks.org/lprd/webenroll
Core Exhibit Public Opening
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., second floor of the Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.
The new permanent exhibit commemorates the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence and explores its effect on the community, Douglas County’s role in the struggles of the Bleeding Kansas period and the 100-year struggle to achieve freedom for all people in this “free state stronghold.” The event is free and open to the public.
Quantrill’s Raid Walking Tours
8:30 to 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.
Cost: $5 for Douglas County Historical Society members; for non-members, $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. To sign up, call 785-841-4109.
Quantrill’s Men Reunions: Dr. Jeremy Neely, Missouri State University
10:15 a.m., Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.
Dr. Jeremy Neely will consider the meanings of the controversial gatherings of the men who once rode with William C. Quantrill, convening in Jackson County, Mo. each summer for 30 years, and the bitter memories they continued to stoke along the state line. The event is free and open to the public.
Fire and Fall Back: Quantrill’s Leave-taking from Kansas
2 to 3 p.m., Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.
Local historians John R. Nichols and Deborah Barker will talk about when Quantrill and his men burned and terrorized through Franklin and Miami Counties. The event is free and open to the public.
Music of the Civil War Era, Kaw Valley Concert Band
4 p.m., Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.
The Kaw Valley Cornet Band will play music that was popular during the Civil War. The concert is free and open to the public.
150th Anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid and City of Lawrence Commemoration
6:30 p.m., South Park Gazebo
There will be a presentation on the history and significance of Quantrill’s Raid, a special reading of the victims’ names, and the City Band will perform specially selected works that are representative of the music of the 1860’s and have significance to the Lawrence community. The commemoration is free and open to the public, and the city will provide cold refreshments during the performance.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Lecompton
Hear the stories of Lecompton's three stonemasons killed during the Lawrence Massacre. The event is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, visit www.1863lawrence.com/lecompton-historical-society
Bleeding Kansas Bleeding Missouri
7 p.m., Carnegie Building, 9th and Vermont Streets
The Lawrence Public Library will celebrate the launch of KU Professor Jonathan Earle’s book about the Civil War as experienced on the Kansas and Missouri Border. The event is free and open to the public.
Judge Louis Carpenter, a Rising Star Annihilated by Hate
7 p.m., Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St.
Kerry Altenberd will give a presentation on Judge Louis Carpenter. Judge Carpenter turned away several groups of Quantrill’s men during the raid before he was killed for his answer to a question when raiders came to his door. The event is free and open to the public.
Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence: Stories of Loss, Destruction and Survival
5:30 p.m., KU Spencer Research Library, 1405 Poplar Lane
An exhibition opening which features documents that help readers to understand Quantrill’s Raid and its impact on the community. The event is free and open to the public.
Black Jack joins in the pursuit of Quantrill
1 p.m., Black Jack Battlefield, 163 E. 2000 Rd., Wellsville
John R. Nichols and Kerry Altenbernd will give a presentation on the response from the men of Black Jack to Quantrill’s retreat through their territory after the Lawrence Raid. The event is free and open to the public.
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vermont St.
Re-enactor Harold Riehm will portray Reverend Richard Cordley and give an account of Quantrill’s Raid, why it happened, the preceding events, the raid on Osceola, Mo., and why Lawrence wasn’t prepared. The event is free and open to the public.
Final Friday Exhibit Opening: “Modern Views of Quantrill’s Raid”
6 to 8 p.m., Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St., and at the Lawrence Percolator, in the alley behind 913 Rhode Island.
Local artists share their thoughts about the raid that changed Lawrence forever, and its impact on the town’s character. The event is free and open to the public.
Senior Session: Joe Coleman’s “The Ballad of Quantrill’s Raiders”
10 to 11 a.m., Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St.
A presentation by Jonathan Earle, KU Associate Professor of History and author of “Bleeding Kansas, Bleeding Missouri: The Long Civil War on the Border.” The gallery talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.