Humanities Happenings (8/2-8/3)

Hello, August! Ring in the new month with KHC-supported events this weekend.

McPherson: Taking Care of Business

If buildings could talk, what tales they would tell! McPherson Main Street is offering the next best thing: an exhibition featuring the histories of buildings and businesses on McPherson’s Main Street. Head to the McPherson Public Library through August 31 to find out the stories behind some of McPherson’s oldest structures. Click here for details.

On to Lawrence, KS

On to Lawrence, KS, Image courtesy of:, Kansas State Historical Society. Copy and Reuse Restrictions apply.

Fort Scott: Sharing Stories

On August 21, 1863, William Quantrill and his band of pro-Confederate guerrillas stormed the free state town of Lawrence in a surprise attack. The attack claimed the lives of approximately 200 citizens and left the town in ruins. Four days later, Border Commander Brigadier General Thomas Ewing issued Order Number 11. The order mandated that citizens in four Missouri border counties must establish their loyalty to the Union or be forced to evacuate their homes or move within a mile of a Union post. Property was burned while women and children fled with only the clothes on their backs. Chaos and looting engulfed the border region for weeks.

150 years later, Fort Scott National Historic Site is commemorating the events of August 1863 with a reader’s theater presentation of the “Quantrill’s Raid and Order Number 11” Shared Stories of the Civil War script. August 3rd at 2:00 PM. Click here for details.

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Twitter: Today in 1863

Speaking of Quantrill’s Raid and Order Number 11, you can follow the events of 1863 as they unfold in “real time” on Twitter by following #QR1863. It’s all part of a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid. Click here for the latest KHC E-News with information about Quantrill’s Raid Twitter projects.