Beccy Tanner's article in The Wichita Eagle this week on Quantrill's raid on Lawrence was another reminder that the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War continues. She reminds us in fine detail of this seminal event in Kansas-Missouri border war that predates the beginning of what we normally think of as the Civil War. [A sidebar lists many familiar names and related events]
Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area (NHA), based in the old Carnegie Library in Lawrence, grew out of an earlier Bleeding Kansas organization in Kansas. The NHA as it was finally approved after years of volunteer efforts now includes 29 counties in eastern Kansas along with 12 counties in western Missouri telling the stories of both Kansas and Missouri. Director Fred Conboy, the director, is quoted in the story saying, "We are telling the story from all perspectives. We don't take a partisan view. We look at the motivation of Quantrill, what caused him to be such an angry man. We connect people to these stories."
Visiting any of the sites in the Freedom's Frontier NHA will raise your awareness of these critical events on the lives of so many people in this region and across the nation.
An exhibit titled "Order No. 11: Martial Law on the Missouri Border" runs through Oct 25 at the Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut, Suite 221, Kansas City, MO. There is no admission fee. The order called for the evacuation of nearly 25,000 people from four Missouri counties along the Kansas border following Quantrill's Raid.
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