OSAWATOMIE, KS—The Kansas Historical Society announced that John Brown Museum State Historic Site will host Freedom Festival 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, September 21, and 12 – 5 p.m. Sunday, September 22. Admission is free. For a schedule of events, call 913-755-4384 or visit kshs.org/18321. John Brown Museum is located at 10th and Main Streets, Osawatomie.
Visitors can see reenactments of the Battle of Osawatomie on Saturday and a battle between Union troops and Confederate partisans on Sunday. Activities include frontier artisan demonstrations, Civil War weapons and drill demonstrations, a craft fair, and museum tours with Mary Buster, great-great-granddaughter of Florella Brown Adair, the half-sister of John Brown. Entertainment includes The Great American Medicine Show, horse drawn trolley tours of Osawatomie’s historic sites, and surrey rides by Surreys on the Plaza from Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza.
About John Brown Museum: The site features an original log cabin that belonged to Brown’s half sister and her husband, family furnishings and belongings, and Civil War weapons. The cabin served as John Brown’s informal headquarters during the border war between Kansas and Missouri. The John Brown Museum State Historic Site is one of 16 state historic sites administered by the Kansas Historical Society, a state agency.