Congratulations to the Kansas State Historical Society and the folks in Lecompton for this year’s series of presentations related to issues surrounding slavery and the Civil War.
For five Sundays, concluding last weekend, speakers have entertained and educated audiences that basically packed the Constitution Hall State Historic Site in Lecompton, even on days when the weather didn’t cooperate.
Presenters have included historians, professors and others with an interest in the subject matter, including Lawton Nuss, chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court, and Anthony Hensley, a Topekan who is the Democratic Party leader in the Kansas Senate. Topics ranged from state constitutional conventions to women’s rights to the military order that forced Missourians from their homes along the Kansas border.
The talks were offered in a relaxed atmosphere, complete with cookies and coffee prepared for the occasion.
Next up is a presentation by the Lecompton Reenactors of the play, “Bleeding Kansas Characters.” It’s at 2 p.m. Sunday also at Constitution Hall.
Lecompton, and the pro-slavery constitution produced there, played an important role not only in Kansas history but also in the political struggle that led up to the Civil War. Local residents are rightfully proud of that role and, with the staff of the Constitution Hall site, do an outstanding job of sharing their story with others.
We’re fortunate to have such an active and enthusiastic group making possible these programs and presentations. Again, congratulations!