Lawrence sesquicentennial

Little-known facts about Quantrill’s Raid
August 19, 2011
Local author Tom Mach unearths many details about Quantrill’s raid while doing research for his historical novels.
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.
Memorabilia on display at Cloud County Museum Annex from Kansas’ 1961 centennial celebration
January 30, 2011
A collection of memorabilia from 1961, when Kansas was celebrating its 100 years of statehood, will be on display in Cloud County in honor of the state’s 150th birthday.
Native Sons and Daughters honor Judge Deanell Reece Tacha, FDIC Chairwoman Sheila Bair
January 28, 2011
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Deanell Reece Tacha said Friday that she accepted the Kansan of the Year honor on behalf of all Kansans who have worked to make the state what it is.
As part of state’s 150th birthday celebration, 150th anniversary of Civil War, Lawrence activist wants to invite Obama to speak in Lawrence
01:48 p.m., January 4, 2010 Updated 04:37 p.m.
A Lawrence historian is organizing an effort to invite President Barack Obama to Lawrence in 2011 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Kansas statehood and the beginning of the U.S. Civil War.
City celebration still in planning stages
September 25, 2009
Don’t bake the cake just yet. A group of area history buffs still wants to throw a grand party in Lawrence to celebrate the state’s 150th birthday in 2011, but a meeting Thursday afternoon did not produce a clear plan to do so.
City’s 1954 centennial pageant inspires new vision
High hopes for ‘the Point’ as state nears its 150th year
September 10, 2009
Clenece Hills can picture the type of party that the community could throw atop Sesquicentennial Point to celebrate the state’s 150th birthday in 2011.
6News video: Sesquintennial Point worth wait
October 24, 2007
Lawrence celebrated its 150th anniversary three years ago, but a commemorative city park opened this afternoon.
What would be the ideal festival for Lawrence?
Leader seeks ideas for new celebration
February 1, 2006
Clenece Hills likes to imagine Lawrence residents gathering each year at Sesquicentennial Point to celebrate the city’s birthday and watch what she calls “Art in the Air.”
The war along the Wakarusa, 150 years later
Prelude to Civil War seen during feuding in Lawrence area
December 4, 2005
An argument can be made that the Civil War began in Lawrence 150 years ago this week - even though the war’s first shots weren’t officially fired for another six years.
Acceptance of Sesquicentennial funds no guarantee of starting plaza project
September 14, 2005
The city’s Sesquicentennial Commission received praise but no hard promises from Lawrence city commissioners Tuesday night.
Sesquicentennial Point funding hits mark
Enough money raised to break ground on plaza; $200,000 to be presented to city tonight
September 13, 2005
The wait may soon be over for the city to begin enjoying its 150th birthday present. The Lawrence Sesquicentennial Commission is scheduled to present a check for at least $200,000 to city commissioners tonight as seed money to begin building a plaza at Sesquicentennial Point.
Old sheet music dusted off for city’s anniversary
Lawrence composer’s tune will be heard this weekend for first time in many decades
September 12, 2005
In the world of John H. Bell, there were no personal MP3 players and no car stereos.
History buffs shown slice of life on the Civil War front
August 21, 2005
Soldiers serving in the Civil War had to have at least two teeth in order to shoot a musket. They had to bite off paper surrounding gun powder, then quickly load it into their muskets.
Quantrill’s legacy differs on each side of border
A war that rages still …
August 21, 2005
One hundred and forty-two years ago today, William C. Quantrill and his band of more than 300 Missouri ruffians rode into Lawrence, murdered most of the menfolk and set fire to all but a few homes and businesses. In a span of three hours, 85 women were widowed, and 250 children lost their fathers.