Civil War on the Western Frontier: Immerse yourself in our local history! 

 

Black Jack Battlefield Site and Nature Park tour, August 19, 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

 

 

 

 

Douglas County Historical Society’s Civil War on the Western Frontier programming August 17 & August 18 features “bus, walking, and cemetery tours, a keynote address, kids’ activities, and Civil War music performed by Lawrence Opera Theatre! See the individual event pages for details on each event. Tickets are now available and selling fast! Visit the ticketing page to register for ticketed events.

 

Civil War Bus Tours: Saturday, August 18, 8 AM-7:30 PM. Tickets are $30 or $15 for Watkins Museum members. Advance registration required.

8-9:30 a.m., Quantrill’s Raid: with Michele Montour

  • In commemoration of a turning point in Lawrence history, take a tour visiting the places and telling the stories of the victims, survivors, and villains of Quantrill’s Raid. The tour will include downtown Lawrence and key homes in West Lawrence with stops at the Miller House and Oak Hill Cemetery. (Please note that minimal walking and standing will be involved in the stops.)

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Quantrill’s Raid: with Michele Montour

  • In commemoration of a turning point in Lawrence history, take a tour visiting the places and telling the stories of the victims, survivors, and villains of Quantrill’s Raid. The tour will include downtown Lawrence and key homes in West Lawrence with stops at the Miller House and Oak Hill Cemetery. (Please note that minimal walking and standing will be involved in the stops.)

3:00-4:30 p.m. Underground Railroad: with Judy Sweets and Kerry Altenbernd

  • Join us as we visit two of the last remaining Underground Railroad-associated structures in Lawrence, the Grover Barn and the Miller House. The tour will also include a stop at a colorful mural by local artists depicting an event in which a local family sheltered an escaped slave girl while slave catchers hunted for her. In between you will hear other stories of the Underground Railroad.

6:00-7:30 p.m. Women of Early Lawrence: with Sarah Bell

  • Elizabeth Speer. Jane O’Brien Archibald. Julia Louisa Lovejoy. Learn the stories of these and other brave women who helped establish Lawrence, survived Quantrill’s devastating raid, and rebuilt their town.