Bleeding Kansas-era exhibits

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  • Ongoing: until Thursday, August 30, 2012
  • Tuesday: 10:00am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am
  • Thursday: 10:00am
  • Friday: 10:00am
  • Saturday: 10:00am
  • Where: Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence
  • Cost: Not available
  • Age limit: Not available

The Watkins Community Museum of History will open two new exhibitions exploring the 1850s and 1860s at a reception on Friday, July 27, 6-8 PM. The celebration will feature a readers’ theater presentation, Guerilla Warfare: Bushwhackers and Jayhawkers, facilitated by Missouri State University history professor Jeremy Neeley at 
7 PM. The event is free and open to the public.

Drawn from the museum’s collection, the exhibition Terror and Triumph: Quantrill’s Raid and the Rebirth of Lawrence, tells the story of this epic Civil War event and how memories of it shaped the community. On the morning of August 21, 1863, 400 raiders, led by William Quantrill, attacked Lawrence, killing about 200 men and leaving downtown in ruins. Featuring paintings and prints created to capture the devastation of the raid, the exhibition details survivors’ recollections and their determination to rebuild the city. A confederate flag, allegedly belonging to Quantrill, and artifacts that survived the raid will be on display.

John Brown Photo Chronology, a traveling exhibition organized by Jean Libby and Allies for Freedom Publishers, includes 14 images reproduced from period daguerreotype portraits of the notorious abolitionist. The exhibition examines the impact of significant pre-Civil War events on Brown’s increasingly militant abolitionist activities.

Both exhibitions are supported in part by a grant from the Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation. Support for the Shared Stories of the Civil War readers’ theater presentation is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council.

This event was posted July 11, 2012 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014

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