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Lecompton Territorial Days, a festival of history and family fun, to kick off this weekend

One of its organizers says the name of Lecompton Territorial Days defines what makes the annual June event unique.

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Amid anti-Confederate wave, Lecompton sites walk a fine line

Historic sites in Lecompton, the 1850s-era territorial capital of Kansas, tell the story of the unsuccessful efforts to have Kansas admitted to the union as a slave state. But officials there have been able to avoid controversy sweeping other parts of the nation over Confederate monuments, largely because of the way the sites are interpreted and the story is told.

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Local woman to honor ancestor's history with gravestone dedication more than 160 years after his death

Rosie French isn’t sure if her great-great-grandfather, Rev. Francis Barker, ever had a proper gravestone. He was buried in 1863 at Lakeview Cemetery, but, when the Kansas River changed course in 1871, threatening his and others’ graves at Lakeview, Barker was moved to his final resting place at Oak Hill Cemetery. Barker’s wife, one of his sons and two of his grandchildren, French says, never had gravestones, either. At least not to her knowledge. But on Saturday, approximately 160 years after arriving in Lawrence, the Barkers — and their pioneering patriarch, especially — will finally get their due.

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