Quantril's raid on Lawrence.

Civil War on the Western Frontier:
2017 Events

Join the Watkins Museum and Lawrence Parks & Recreation in an array of programs, tours and activities, from August 14– 19, that will explore Quantrill’s raid and highlight our area’s territorial and Civil War history.

Monday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 15

Let’s Build a Mud Fort

9:00–11 a.m (both days) · $30 per child/adult pair
Lawrence Visitors Center
Sign up with Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department: lprd.org or call 785-832-7920

Friday, August 18

Oak Hill Cemetery Tour

8:00–9:30 p.m. · $18
Guided by Watkins curator Brittany Keegan
Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence
Sign up with Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department: lprd.org or call 785-832-7920

Saturday, August 19

Civil War Programs and Tours

Morning Walking Tours:

  • 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. "Quantrill’s Raid"
    John Jewell
  • 11:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. "Civil War-Era History Hack Tour"
    Cole Finley and Abby Magariel
$15 non-members · $10 members

Bus Tours:

  • 8:00–9:30 a.m., "Quantrill’s Raid"
    Michele Montour
  • 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. "Ravine & the Raid"
    Katie Armitage
  • 3:00-4:30 p.m. "Underground Railroad"
    Judy Sweets
$25 non-members · $15 members

See Tours Information below for complete details and how to register.

Quantrill’s Raid Victims Memorial Service and Historian Keynote Address

10:00–11:30 a.m.
The annual reading of the names of raid victims will be conducted by community leaders. This will be followed by the Civil War on the Western Frontier keynote address by Robert K. Sutton, former Chief Historian of the National Park Service, about Lawrence in the Civil War Era and his new book, "Stark Mad Abolitionists".
Free admission
Watkins Museum

Civil War Folk Music: With Jim Krause

Noon–1:00 p.m.
Free admission
Watkins Museum

"School of the Soldier": Kids’ Civil War soldier activities

1:00–2:30 p.m.
Our unique and popular Civil War program for kids returns! This year's School of the Soldier is expanded to 90 minutes of fun and educational activities in which kids age 7-12 will get to experience Civil War soldier life.
$5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
See Tours Information below to register.
Watkins Museum

Special Tour of Quantrill’s Raid Artifacts by Director Steve Nowak

3:00–4:00 p.m.
Free admission
Watkins Museum

Presentations by Living Historians: Herschel & Jacqueline Stroud

4:00–4:30 p.m.
The Strouds give a moving portrayal of the Speer family and their terrifying experiences during Quantrill’s Raid.
Free admission
Watkins Museum

Presentations by Living Historian: Kerry Altenbernd

5:00–5:30 p.m.
Fiery abolitionist John Brown speaks to visitors about his battles in Kansas to free the slaves.
Free admission
Watkins Museum

Evening Walking Tour: Rebuilding of Lawrence— John Jewell

6:00–7:30 p.m.
$15 non-members · $10 members

See Tours Information below to register.

Tours Information

Quantrill’s Raid

8:00 –9:30 a.m. · Tour Leader: 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.)
$25 non-members · $15 members

Ravine and the Raid

11:30 –1:00 p.m. · Tour Leader: Katie Armitage
This tour will describe the scene on Vermont Street, recount stories of men save in the ravine (now Watson Park), then cross into Old West Lawrence to look at three homes that survived the 1863 raid. The final part of the tour follows the raider’s retreat from the Lawrence area.
$25 non-members · $15 members

Underground Railroad

3:00 –4:30 p.m. · Tour Leader: Judy Sweets
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.
$25 non-members · $15 members

Walking Tours

Quantrill’s Raid

8:30–10 a.m. · Tour Leader: John Jewell
An experienced local historian and tour guide takes participants through the shocking events of a defining day in Lawrence history.
$15 non-members · $10 members

Civil War Era History Hack Tour

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. · Tour Leaders: Cole Finley & Abby Magariel
Ready for the next level of Quantrill's Raid tours? Join Abby and Cole for a new, unconventional History Hack tour of historic Lawrence sites!
$15 non-members · $10 members

Rebuilding of Lawrence

6:00–7:30 p.m. · Tour Leader: John Jewell
Take a trip back to the aftermath of Quantrill’s devastating raid and learn how the citizens of Lawrence recovered and made their town stronger than ever.
$15 non-members · $10 members

School of the Soldier

1:00–2:30 p.m.
Our unique and popular Civil War program for kids returns! This year's School of the Soldier is expanded to 90 minutes of fun and educational activities in which kids age 7-12 will get to experience Civil War soldier life.
$5 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Lawrence Transit System
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