Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area is pleased to have worked with the Topeka Capital-Journal  to bring you a series of articles about the heritage area and its partners. The last article in the series, dated January 4, 2016, is linked below, and discusses the parallels between the historic struggles of Freedom's Frontier and struggles of today's world on college campuses.


The Topeka Capital-Journal presented a year-long feature series on Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. Articles about Freedom's Frontier appeared in the Topeka Capital-Journal monthly and featured the history of the area, historic sites to visit, and events that residents could attend to learn more about our shared history. The first article in this series, Freedom's Frontier: Heritage borne from struggle, was published in print and online on Feburary 12, 2015. Feel free to share these stories with your friends and fans so they can enjoy the series and learn more about why we think Freedom's Frontier is such a special place!

In addition to the print stories and articles online, the Capital-Journal put together some great online tools for exploring the heritage area. The newspaper is looked to our Web site as a source for that information.

A very special thanks to our dedicated board members and staff who made this series possible, including Grant Glenn, Bill Wagnon, and Sonia Smith; to Topeka Capital-Journal reporter Jan Biles for her continued dedication to reporting about Freedom's Frontier and our partners; and to Topeka Capital-Journal's publisher Gregg Ireland, for partnering with us on this exciting series.

Last Article in Series:

Freedom's Struggle: History parallels happenings in today's world. Ongoing fight for equality plays out on college campuses | CJOnline.com January 4, 2016 — Journalist Lucile Bluford knew racial injustice when she saw it. And she seldom let it sneak by without calling it by its rightful name ...


Topeka Capital-Journal coverage of other heritage area stories:

Surviving segregation: first-hand accounts from Kansas, Missouri; Jim Crow laws restricted lives of blacks for nearly 100 years | CJOnline.com December 8, 2015 — Author and historian Sonny Gibson learned early about the line separating blacks and whites. Gibson spent part of his childhood in Calvert, Texas, a segregated town where blacks lived west of the main street and whites lived to its east ...

Black exodus: A journey fueled by hope - African-Americans migrate west to escape post-war oppression | CJOnline.com November 9, 2015 — Sanford Clark knew he would have to move west if he and his family were to escape the racism of the South and truly know the meaning of freedom. The Civil War was over, but anyone who thought the tentacles of slavery were going to be pried off without backlash was mistaken ...

Freedom's Frontier: Union betrayal leads to war atrocity: Thousands of Indians, slaves die in S.E. Kansas | CJOnline.com October 14, 2015 — Opothleyahola, speaker for the Muskogee Indians, urged all of the Midwestern tribes to convene for a council meeting in late 1859-early 1860 to signal their loyalty to the Union. It was a hard sell ...

Secret network in Kansas helped blacks escape slavery: Underground Railroad in Kansas transported as many as 2,000 passengers | CJOnline.com September 14, 2015 — Escaped slave Ann Clarke hunkered down in the dead of night in a ravine near Lecompton. She could hear her trackers approaching as she lay still in the thick brush, waiting for the sun to rise ...

Battle of Island Mound: First fighting in Civil War for any black troops: 1st Kansas Colored's bravery allowed regiment to enter federal service | CJOnline.com August 12, 2015 — The black soldiers of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry were beginning to question in the fall of 1862 if they were ever going to see battle ...

Missourians exiled, property burned in attempt to get rid of bushwhackers | CJOnline.com
July 15, 2015 — Union Brigadier Gen. Thomas Ewing had to face a harsh reality on Aug. 22, 1863. The day before, William Quantrill and his band of nearly 400 bushwhackers from slave-holding Missouri had sacked Lawrence, a free-state stronghold ...

Quantrill's raid: 'Abomination against civilians' (Bushwhackers killed about 180 men, boys in Lawrence) | CJOnline.com June 11, 2015 — Jetta Dix was awakened by what sounded like yelling and gunfire at 5 a.m. Aug. 21, 1863. Her husband, Ralph, who operated a blacksmith and carriage shop near downtown Lawrence, lay asleep at her side ...

One war atrocity, two different accounts: Questions remain about senator's involvement in burning of Osceola | CJOnline.com May 13, 2015 — Osceola had been left unprotected on Sept. 22, 1861, a time when the state was divided by Union loyalists, Southern sympathizers and Missouri rebels trying to protect their homeland ...

John Brown's legacy remains controversial: Kansas battle cemented abolitionist's reputation | CJOnline.com
April 13, 2015 ... Abolitionist John Brown knew enough about military strategy to know better than to attack an enemy in broad daylight ...

Free or Slave Kansas? A decision that split the nation | CJOnline.com
March 9, 2015 ... It was no secret Sen. Stephen A. Douglas wanted to be president. The short but dominant Democrat from Illinois, nicknamed “Little Giant,” lost his first bid for the presidency in 1852, when he failed to get his party’s nomination because he lacked the backing of Southern states ...

Freedom's Frontier: Heritage borne from struggle | CJOnline.com
Feb 12, 2015 ... About 34 miles west of Topeka, Mount Mitchell rises from the prairie. In July and August, the ungrazed grasses on the mound are known to grow 7 feet high ...

Kansas-Missouri heritage area tells pre-Civil War story | CJOnline.com
Nov 1, 2014 ... From left, Julie McPike, managing director of Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, and Sonia Smith, marketing and community ...

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From left, Julie McPike, managing director of Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, and Sonia Smith, marketing and community development manager, say ...

Students' mural honors 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry - Topeka Capital-Journal
Aug 9, 2014 ... In early 2013, McAlister said, the project received an interpretative grant of about $1,500 from Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area to buy ...

Historical Kansas maps on display in Lecompton | CJOnline.com
Jun 21, 2014 ... Ward said the exhibit is funded by the Freedoms Frontier National Heritage Area and the Ross and Margaret ...

Topeka sites team up to attract more visitors | CJOnline.com
May 31, 2014 ... Most of the nonstudents are people from outside the area touring the dozens of places in “Freedom's Frontier,” an area with historic sites ...

Events commemorate 150th anniversary of Quantrill's raid - Topeka Capital-Journal
Aug 3, 2013 ... Civil War on the Western Frontier runs through Aug. 30 ... Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Exhibit, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, ...

Brown v. Board site to host Dream Rocket Project exhibit | CJOnline.com
Apr 30, 2013 ... Students created fabric art pieces after visiting historic sites in eastern Kansas and western Missouri that are part of Freedom's Frontier National ...

Educators learn about Bleeding Kansas | CJOnline.com
Jun 27, 2012 ... “I'm discovering the intensity of the stories of the frontier, how harsh it ... city and visit the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area office for a ...

Black Jack Battlefield named National Historic Landmark | CJOnline ...
Oct 18, 2012 ... "This puts our history in a whole new category," said Kerry Altenbernd, vice president of the Black Jack Battlefield Trust and tour coordinator for the site ...

Script examines Wyandotte Constitution | CJOnline.com
Oct 4, 2012 ... ... Humanities Commission and Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, is drawn from newspaper archives and other contemporary sources ...

Guest column: Lecompton thriving | CJOnline.com
Aug 16, 2011 ... Lecompton is an active member of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, as designated by national lawmakers to recognize the Civil ...

Area notes: Ks. reference guide compiled (New Freedom's Frontier exhibit) | CJOnline.com
Jul 2, 2011 ... A new exhibit celebrating the history of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area will open Wednesday in the Carnegie Building, 200 W. 9th St. ...

Project explores shared Civil War stories | CJOnline.com
Apr 13, 2011 ... In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, the Kansas Humanities Council and the Freedom's Frontier National ...

Judge Tacha to take senior status | CJOnline.com
Jan 20, 2011 ... Tacha said she plans to remain active in a volunteer role as chairwoman of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area of 41 counties in ...

Tourism projects receive funding | CJOnline.com
Feb 2, 2010 ...Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, of Lawrence, will receive $12,000 in grant money and $18,000 in leveraged funds to assist in the ...

Freedom's Frontier plan OK'd | CJOnline.com
Sep 10, 2010 ... The proposal was drafted by local organizers of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. The U.S. Interior Department recently approved ...

Site to honor Border War heritage | CJOnline.com
Jun 18, 2009 ... The two states are trying to develop the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, which covers 41 counties along the Kansas and Missouri ...

Freedom's frontier — Joining forces - Topeka Capital-Journal
Jul 25, 2007 ... It started last fall when Congress designated 42 counties along or near the Kansas-Missouri border as the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage ...

Don't let past slip away, history buffs implore | CJOnline.com
Jul 20, 2007 ... "We are just one generation away from not knowing our own story," said Deanell Tacha, chairwoman of the Freedom's Frontier National ...

History seen through iPod tour | CJOnline.com
Apr 9, 2007 ... The Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area's organizers, a grassroots group that pushed for the designation, are planning a new type of ...

Historians to tour Bleeding Kansas sites | CJOnline.com
Aug 29, 2006 ... If enacted by Congress, the designation, called the Freedom's Frontier Heritage Area, would establish a national heritage area in eastern ...



 

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