Archive for Thursday, August 10, 2006

Watkins museum events

August 10, 2006

The Watkins Community Museum of History will feature the events of the 11th Annual Civil War on the Western Frontier Aug. 10 to 21. The 12-day event commemorates the Quantrill Raid victims of Aug. 21, 1863, as well as the county's unique role in "Bleeding Kansas" and the Civil War.

Several organizations like the Lawrence Public Library, Blackjack Battlefield Trust and the Sons of the Union Veterans Civil War will also present programs.

In addition, there are several new offerings in 2006 including performances of the musical "The Ballad of Black Jack," a Quantrill's Raid Benefit Fun Run and a Lincoln-McClellan presidential debate. There are workshops for children where they will have the opportunity to build a mud fort and play 1860s games.

Families will also enjoy a free concert of period music featuring the Free Staters in South Park. Nationally known scholars Dr. James Marten, of Marquette University, and Dr. James Horton, of George Washington University, will be offering lectures.

Brochures are available at the Watkins Museum, Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and the Visitors Center.


  • Kansas University Spencer Research Library's librarian Mary Hawkins will present "In Her Own Voice" at 4 p.m. Friday at the Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. The program is free and open to the public.

  • As part of the 11th Annual Civil War on the Western Frontier, the Watkins Museum is hosting two programs for children Saturday at South Park in Lawrence.

"Children's Games of the 1860s," a free program, will be from 9 to 11 a.m. and "Little Women Tea" will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. There is a $15 fee per person for the tea.

"Touched by Fire: Bleeding Kansas" will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. It is a story about Kansans, their beliefs and hardships and their dreams and failures.


  • The Watkins Community Museum of History will host "H is for Honest Abe" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 19.

Participants will explore the life of Abraham Lincoln and make a period toy.

There is no charge for the program.


  • The Watkins Community Museum of History will be showing three Hollywood films featuring William Clarke Quantrill and his raiders as part of the 11th Annual Civil War on the Western Frontier.

"The Stranger Wore a Gun" will be shown at 10:30 a.m. Friday. "Arizona Raiders" will be shown at noon Tuesday.

"Dark Command" will be shown at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 19. Set in Bleeding Kansas, Bob Seton (John Wayne) and William Cantrell (Walter Pidgeon) vie for the office of federal marshal of Kansas.

The showings are free.


  • The Watkins Community Museum of History is located at 1047 Massachusetts St., in Lawrence.

For more information, call 841-4109.

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