Watkins Museum of History announces Civil War on the Western Frontier 2014 programs

Watkins Museum of History News Release

July 31, 2014
For Immediate Release

For more information contact: Abby Magariel, Education & Programs Coordinator
(785) 841-4109, amagariel@watkinsmuseum.org

Watkins Museum announces Civil War on the Western Frontier Programming: Saturday, August 16, 2014

Lawrence- The annual commemoration of Civil War struggles that occurred around the Kansas/Missouri border will take place from August 11-22, hosted by the Watkins Museum of History, Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and local historic sites.

The events at the Watkins Museum will take place largely on Saturday, August 16.

The museum offers several tour options on the topic of Quantrill’s Raid. The bus tour, new for 2014, will visit significant sites of the August 21, 1863 raid that devastated the town and left about 200 residents dead. Local history experts Katie Armitage and John Jewell will lead the tour. The 2-hour tour begins at 8 AM at the Watkins Museum, and is $20 per person.

Walking tours of downtown and Old West Lawrence sites related to the raid are also open for reservations. 90-minute tours will begin at 8:30 AM, 11:15 AM and 5:30 PM. The cost is $5 for Douglas County Historical Society members, $10 for non-members in advance or $15 at the door.

Other programs at the museum on Saturday, August 16 include a talk by Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, author of The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown’s Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism. Laughlin-Schultz’s book reveals the depth of the Brown women’s involvement in the fight for abolition, and their crucial roles in preserving and transforming Brown’s legacy. Laughlin-Schultz’s talk, free to the public, will be held in the Watkins Community Room at 10:15 AM on Saturday, August 16.

Chris Sutton of Tales with a Twist Living History will give a free performance in the Watkins Community Room at 11:15 AM. During the Civil War, the state was torn between Northern and Southern alliances. Both sides knew the key to winning the war was to secure arsenals; Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis put their faith in two different men to accomplish this in Missouri. Only one prevailed to make his mark in Civil War history. Discover what happens as Sutton, a costumed reenactor, reveals the events that changed our nation forever.

Students from Royal Valley schools in Hoyt, Kansas will present and discuss their mural honoring the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry at 2 p.m. in the Watkins 3rd floor gallery.

At 4 p.m., the Kaw Valley Cornet Band will present a free program of music popular during the Civil War in the Watkins Community Room.

Concluding the day’s events at 5 p.m., local historian and reenactor Herschel Stroud will read the names of the victims of Quantrill’s Raid in the Japanese Friendship Garden adjacent to the museum.

A full schedule of events during Civil War on the Western Frontier 2014 is available at the Watkins Museum and online at the museum Web site. Other organizations participating in the annual commemorations include Black Jack Battlefield, the Eudora Community Museum, the Lawrence Visitor’s Center, Lawrence Parks and Recreation, the Wakarusa Valley Heritage Museum, Historic Lecompton, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. Programming at the Watkins Museum is sponsored by Weavers and The Eldridge, with additional support provided by the Hall Center for the Humanities and the KU History Department.

Visit www.watkinsmuseum.org to register for the bus or walking tours, or call the museum at 785-841-4109 to reserve spots. Advance reservations are highly recommended; these tours do sell out. Reservations are not necessary for the free programs held at the Watkins Museum. The museum is located at 1047 Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence, Kansas.

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