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Battle of Black Jack


Educational programs to mark 151st anniversary of Quantrill’s raid
August 9, 2014
While it won’t have all the hoopla of 2013’s sesquicentennial observance of Quantrill’s raid, this year’s anniversary of the Lawrence massacre nonetheless provides plenty of opportunities for interactive education. From Monday through Aug. 22, several programs will be held in the area about William Quantrill’s 1863 guerrilla attack on Lawrence and the lead-up to the Civil War in Kansas and Missouri.
Televison history buffs dig Black Jack Battlefield
August 11, 2013
Black Jack Battlefield, the National Historic Landmark just east of Baldwin City, will be featured on an episode of the National Geographic Channel show “Diggers” on Aug. 14.
Historians debate ‘the most polarizing figure in American history’
April 4, 2013
Two historians discussed a man one of them called “the most polarizing figure in American history” in Lawrence on Thursday night. Author Tony Horwitz and Jonathan Earle, a professor of history at Kansas University, took on the topic of John Brown, the abolitionist many credit with starting the Civil War, in front of a packed, engaged house at Liberty Hall. By Giles Bruce
Black Jack Battlefield designated as National Historic Landmark
October 17, 2012
America, meet the Battle of Black Jack. Leaders with the National Park Service on Wednesday announced the Black Jack Battlefield just east of Baldwin City had been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
National landmark status likely for Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park
August 19, 2012
Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park is just one signature away from being designated a national historic landmark by the National Park Service.
Events to recall Battle of Black Jack
May 31, 2012
Abolitionist John Brown will retrace his footsteps across Black Jack Battlefield as he gives tours of the place in which the first open battle over slavery began, exactly 156 years ago Saturday. The Battle of Black Jack was the beginning of Brown’s war on slavery and is considered the beginning of Civil War combat in Kansas.
Heritage projects in play: Applicants seek Douglas County grants
October 19, 2011
Three projects are seeking major Natural and Cultural Heritage grants this year from Douglas County, which has set aside $350,000 for a program designed to conserve natural and cultural resources and enhance the economic benefits of tourism, agriculture and other endeavors.
Re-enactments at Battle of Black Jack site show history ‘beyond the book’
June 4, 2011
Shane Seley has been what he calls “wearing the funny clothes” for almost 35 years now.
Lawrence Preservation Alliance to honor Black Jack Battlefield Trust
May 1, 2011
The Lawrence Preservation Alliance will honor the Black Jack Battlefield Trust and Katie and Ken Armitage in an award ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Castle Tea Room, 1307 Mass.
Lawrence Preservation Alliance to honor Black Jack Battlefield Trust, Katie and Ken Armitage
April 22, 2011
The Lawrence Preservation Alliance will honor the Black Jack Battlefield Trust and Katie and Ken Armitage in an award ceremony at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Castle Tea Room, 1307 Mass.
Civil War 150th anniversary inspires host of activities in Lawrence
April 11, 2011
When news broke of shots fired on Fort Sumter and the proclamation of war that followed, the residents of Lawrence greeted it with excitement — and as a call to action.
Volunteers needed to help clean Black Jack Battlefield for Park Day
March 21, 2011
Volunteers are needed Saturday, April 2, to help clean historic Black Jack Battlefield as part of Park Day, a national effort to clean Civil War battlefields.
Young Lawrence artists learn old art to help build gate for Black Jack site
February 18, 2011
The young adults at Van Go Mobile Arts are best known for their pieces of brightly painted furniture. But on Thursday, a crew of four put down their paintbrushes and picked up hammers to learn the ancient art of blacksmithing.
From Quantrill to Langston Hughes, Carnegie Library will be host to exhibits of Lawrence’s history
February 7, 2011
Pieces of the area’s history will be part of a $200,000 exhibit that Lawrence tourism leaders hope to open in the former Carnegie Library building at Ninth and Vermont streets this spring.
Group of artists design gate to commemorate Battle of Black Jack
November 3, 2010
More than a dozen artists have designed a gate to welcome visitors to the historic site of the Battle of Black Jack just east of Baldwin City.

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