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Enjoy a different living history theme each Wednesday and Thursday in June and July. This day camp is an open house format and features crafts, activities and stagecoach... details>>
Tracing your ancestors’ footsteps through WWI can seem daunting, especially because more than 80% of WWI army records were destroyed in a catastrophic fire in 1973.... details>>
Enjoy 1860's living history activities with a different theme each Thursday night in June and July. Admission to the historic site is free. Small fee for stagecoach rides... details>>
Join us and Somerset Ridge Vineyard & Winery for the third wine tasting of the season. They will showcase some of their locally produced wine in our lovely garden setting.... details>>
3/1/2013 9:00:00 AM | Kansas City, MO
The Long March: America's Enduring Struggle for Civil Rights
This year’s symposium examines the history and legacy of the American Civil Rights movement. At 9 a.m. Tufts University’s Leslie Brown examines the early years of civil rights activism. At 10 a.m. the University of South Carolina’s Patricia Sullivan explores the pivotal year 1963 and the March on Washington. A Kansas City Civil Rights Roundtable convenes at 11:30 a.m., and a panel discussion begins at 12:30 p.m.
Symposium workshops are ideal for teachers in grades K-12. Public is welcome....details >>
3/2/2013 12:00:00 AM | Lexington, MO
Charge of the Anderson House
The Friends of the Anderson House and Elliott's Scouts living history groups will re-enact the charge of Union troops up the stairs in the Anderson House to secure it and take southern soldiers prisoner during the Battle of Lexington 1861. The activity will take place every 45 minutes and is free with donations gladly accepted....details >>
3/3/2013 2:00:00 PM | Lecompton, KS
Kansas Territorial Characters
Reenactment of an 1850s Territorial Kansas town hall political meeting. Members of the Lecompton Reenactors acting troupe will portray some of the famous and not-so-famous Kansans from the turbulent time period known as "Bleeding Kansas." Join Governor Charles Robinson and his wife Sara Robinson, Jim Lane, John Brown, Sr., Clarina Nichols, Sheriff Samuel Jones, Missouri Senator David Atchison, Governor Andrew Reeder, Dr. John Stringfellow and Mahala Doyle....details >>
3/4/2013 10:00:00 AM | Kearney, MO
Mt. Gilead Mondays - Show Me Missouri
Age range: students in 1st through 8th grades. Maximum attendance is 25 (including any adults). Call the Jesse James Farm at (816) 736-8500 to sign up.
Students will bring their own sack lunch. Parents are responsible for transportation. Every Mt. Gilead Monday will have its own historic theme, complete list of dates and themes below. Each program will include historic interpretation of the theme, plus a craft project, and games related to that theme....details >>
3/7/2013 6:00:00 PM | Topeka, KS
City of Topeka Historic Preservation Public Meeting
The city of Topeka is inviting the public to weigh in and work through the details of a proposed new draft of the historic preservation element of the city’s comprehensive plan. Consultants Peter Benton and Elizabeth Watson, of Pennsylvania-based Heritage Strategies LLC, will facilitate the meeting, which is the second such workshop being held by the city and the Topeka Landmarks Commission....details >>
3/12/2013 7:00:00 PM | Fort Scott, KS
Baker University Speech Choir: Guerilla Warfare: Bushwhackers & Jayhawkers
Baker University Speech Choir will perform "Guerrilla Warfare: Bushwhackers & Jayhawkers" as part of the Shared Stories of the Civil War script series. The performance will be followed by an audience discussion led by Jeremy Neely, Associate Professor of History at Missouri State University....details >>
3/20/2013 6:30:00 PM | Kansas City, MO
A Celebration of Kansas City Women Making History
Area civil rights pioneer Julia Hill and education Mary Ann Wynkoop hold a public conversation that looks back on Hill's six decades of activism as well as the lives and times of other trail-blazing Kansas City Women....details >>
3/21/2013 10:00:00 AM | Olathe, KS
Spring Break Living History
Enjoy spring activities on the farm. Visit the blacksmith, see what is cooking on Mrs. Mahaffie's cookstove and play old-fashioned outdoor games. Stagecoach rides will be offered, weather and ground conditions permitting.
$6 adults/$4 ages 5-11. $1 off for Olathe residents....details >>
3/21/2013 7:00:00 PM | Leavenworth, KS
You Can't Get There from Here: Riverboats, Railroads, and the Development of the West
This presentation explores the crucial role that steam-powered transportation played in the opening of the American west. First the steamboat, and then the steam-powered locomotive, made possible the exploitation of the Great Plains. Each left a mark on the American cultural landscape that remains to this day.
Presenter, Christopher R. Gabel earned his PhD from Ohio State in 1981 and has been on the faculty of the Command and General Staff College since 1983....details >>
3/22/2013 10:00:00 AM | Olathe, KS
3/23/2013 10:00:00 AM | Olathe, KS
3/28/2013 10:00:00 AM | Olathe, KS
Spring Home School Day
Enjoy a structured hands on spring program with other home school families. Activities may include animal draft power, plowing, and planting spring wheat. Advance registration is required and opens Monday, January14. The last day to register is Thursday, March 21. Payment is due the day of the event.
Choose either 10:00AM-12:00 or 1:00-3:00PM.
$5/student ages 5 and up. Accompanying adults are free....details >>
4/2/2013 6:30:00 PM | Kansas City, MO
American Antislavery Writings: Colonial Beginnings to Emancipation
Historian James G. Basker discusses his new book, a collection of writings reflecting our nation’s long, heated confrontation with the that poisonous evil, slavery. This vast reservoir of abolitionist literature flowed from the pens of Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, anonymous editorialists, and freed slaves....details >>
America's Music: Blues and Gospel
The six-week program America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway kicks off with excerpts from the films Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Episode 1, Feel Like Going Home (2004) and Say Amen, Somebody (1983). Then UMKC musicologist Andrew Granade and special guest Pat Nichols, a Lawrence-based musician who specializes in the Delta blues, leads the audience in an investigation of blues as a source of our contemporary sounds....details >>
4/3/2013 1:00:00 PM | Kansas City, MO
Lewis & Clark Across Missouri: Mapping the Historic Landscape
Combining 19th century land survey records held at the Missouri State Archives with modern mapping technology, geographers have given us a new way to look at the land where the Lewis & Clark's epic journey began--Missouri.
Come explore this exhibit from the Missouri State Archives at the Harris-Kearney House Museum during the month of April during regular museum hours (Wednesday-Saturday 1-5 pm)....details >>
4/4/2013 1:00:00 PM | Kansas City, MO
4/4/2013 6:30:00 PM | Kansas City, MO
Jackie Robinson: Stealing Home and History
Dr. Raymon Doswell will discuss Jackie Robinson's role in baseball and American culture. Robinson was one of the most iconic figures of baseball and civil rights in American 20th century history. This lecture will focus on Robinson's career and the impact he had on integrating the sport.
Dr. Doswell serves as vice-president of curatorial services at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
To make a reservation for this free event email email@example.com or call 816-268-8010....details >>
4/4/2013 7:30:00 PM | Lawrence, KS
Reconstructing John Brown: An Evening with Tony Horowitz and Jonathan Earle
As part of the 1863 Commemorate Lawrence series, we are thrilled to bring Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tony Horwitz (Confederates in the Attic, Midnight Rising) to Lawrence for a very special evening. He will be joined on stage by KU Professor of History Jonathan Earle for a lively discussion about John Brown, his life and his legacy.
This event is sponsored by the Lawrence Public Library Foundation and Crown Automotive. Doors open at 7....details >>
4/5/2013 1:00:00 PM | Kansas City, MO
4/6/2013 8:00:00 AM | Kearney, MO
Black Powder Shoot
hosted by the Friends of the James Farm - Test your skills, win a prize! Cap & Ball Revolver or Cartridge Revolver, Replicas OK. Fixed sights & dueling stance only. $15 entry fee includes Friends of the James Farm membership.
Registration begins at 8:00am, shoot begins at 9:00am. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners receive prizes. Historiclly accurate costume is encouraged, but not required. Call (816)736-8500 for more information....details >>
4/6/2013 9:00:00 AM | Wellsville, KS
Park Day 2013
Help clear and clean up in the Black Jack Nature Park.
We will be working in and around the barn and silo area on the west end of the site in the Nature Park.
Bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes as we will be dragging brush, cutting down scrub trees and pruning up that area for beautification and future use.
- If you are able, bring lopping shears, hand shears, hand saws, rakes, wheelbarrow, etc.
- Snacks and drinks will be provided by the Black Jack Battlefield Trust
No time minimum...details >>
4/6/2013 10:45:00 AM | Topeka, KS
Senators Atchison and Lane in Constitution Hall-Topeka
For the first time in Bleeding Kansas era struggles, in Constitution Hall in Topeka the U.S. Missouri Senator David Atchison and Senator Jim Lane, later representing Kansas in Congress, will confront their divided views over freedoms in the economy, the institution of slavery, and political beliefs....details >>
4/6/2013 12:30:00 PM | Topeka, KS
Forging Freedom's Pathway: A Living History Walk in Topeka
"Forging Freedom's Pathway: Evolving Views of Race and Freedom" - Join a park ranger for a five-block walk through 100 years of Kansas history. Meet a range of characters from anti-slavery and pro-slavery personalities such as James H. Lane and David R. Atchison during the "Bleeding Kansas" era to a white school board member and African American teacher during the days of segregated schools. The free tours begin at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site....details >>
4/6/2013 1:00:00 PM | Kansas City, MO
4/7/2013 2:00:00 PM | Lecompton, KS