Shared Stories of the Civil War offered at Ritchie Historic House Site

Shawnee County Historical Society News Release

News For Immediate Release

Contact: Bill Wagnon, (785) 230-6481
Contact: Ritchie House, (785)234-6097

Shawnee county Historical Society, PO Box 2201, Topeka, KS 66601

Shawnee County Historical Society offers fall series of readers theatre

In keeping with the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, the Shawnee County Historical Society is offering a fall series of Shared Stories of the Civil War Readers Theater. Each script explores the complexities that contributed each subject and invites reflection on the enduring struggles over freedom framing American history and ideas that shaped our lives and strengthen our sense of community.

Performances will be at 2 p.m. in the Cox Communications Heritage Education Center at the John and Mary Ritchie Historic House site, 1118 SE Madison.

  • September 30 - Rhetoric of the Civil War Press directed by Ken Kerle and narrated by Ron Harbaugh
  • October 7 - Wyandotte Constitutional Convention, 1859 directed by Mary Feighny and narrated by Ron Harbaugh
  • October 14 - The Cherokee Nation in the Civil War directed by Margaret Wood and narrated by Ron Harbaugh
  • October 28 - Skirmish at Island Mound (October 27, 1862) directed by David Tangeman and narrated by Ron Harbaugh

These scripts have been commissioned by the Kansas Humanities Committee in partnership with Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area from experts in the field. Each is created from historical letters, diaries, newspaper articles and other archival documents from the 1850s and 1860s. The documents will be projected for the audience to read along with the performers, interspersed with photographs and illustrations pertinent to the subject.

A moderator will lead a discussion after each performance.

A similar series on Bleeding Kansas was produced this past spring.

For more information contact Bill Wagnon, (785) 230-6481 or the Ritchie House, (785) 234-6097. Also visit www.freedomsfrontier.org or www.kansashumanities.org.

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