Final Fridays will go on at the Carnegie in Lawrence, but pardon our mess

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area News Release 

Julie McPike, Managing Director
(785) 856-5283

Sonia Smith, Marketing Manager
(785) 856-5304

Historical displays and performances showcase
Douglas County at Final Fridays despite Carnegie building’s facelift

When Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area arranged to have displays and reenactors from historical sites in Douglas County for this month’s Final Fridays, the historic Carnegie Building at 9th and Vermont was not surrounded by scaffolding. It is now.

Despite the fact that the building is getting ready for a minor facelift, and some roof repair, Final Fridays will still be happening at the Carnegie on Friday, July 25, 5-9 p.m. Visitors for Final Fridays may want to enter the building from Vermont Street and use the stairs or elevator to the second floor. The 9th Street entry is still accessible even with the construction scaffolding in place.

This month’s Final Fridays event will focus on historic sites and events in Douglas County, but outside of Lawrence.

  • 5-9 p.m. – The Carnegie Building is home to permanent displays about the shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom, as well as the impact of the Kansas-Nebraska Act on regional history. These displays will be accessible to the public. In addition, Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park, Eudora Area Historical Society and Douglas County Santa Fe Trail Historical Society will have tabletop displays representative of their sites.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Constitution Hall State Historic Site’s Lecompton Reenactors will provide a taste of the historical reenactments you can experience when you visit historic Lecompton.
  • 7:30 p.m. – John Brown and W. B. Brockett will give you both the abolitionist and the proslavery views of the battle that happened at Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park in 1856. It is considered by many to be the first armed conflict over the issue of slavery, during the build up to the Civil War. Black Jack Battlefield is near Baldwin City.
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area shares offices with the Lawrence Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). The CVB cosponsors Final Fridays events at the Carnegie Building. Final Fridays is free and open to the public. Appetizers from Ingredient, Free State beer, and wine poured by Middle Creek Winery will be served.

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