The Lecompton Reenactors

The Lecompton Reenactors A group dedicated to research, and study of the of the Territorial Kansas era of 1854-1861, and education through living history interpretation. http://www.lecomptonkansas.com Watercolor of Constitution Hall by Dick Land Celebrating Kansas 150!
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$3 adults; $1 students; KSHS, Inc., members and children five and under admitted free Portions ADA accessible Closed state holidays, please check our calendar

Congratulations to the Lecompton Reenactors! SPECIAL CITATION FOR PRESERVINGKANSAS HERITAGEThe Lecompton Reenactors​The ...
01/08/2020
2019 Honorees and Banquet | ks-sons-daughters

Congratulations to the Lecompton Reenactors!

SPECIAL CITATION FOR PRESERVING
KANSAS HERITAGE
The Lecompton Reenactors

The Lecompton Reenactors is a skilled group of amateur historians with a theatrical bent who bring to life the dramatic political strife and guerrilla warfare which existed in Kansas Territory. They provide an entertaining way for modern Kansans to understand the American Civil War in its embryonic stage.

Their play “Bleeding Kansas” was written by J. Howard Duncan and reveals the wide spectrum of personalities and opinions which existed in the Kansas Territory, 1854 to 1861. The play was written specifically to the State of Kansas middle school history standard. There were two governments in Kansas, each calling the other bogus. The pro-slavery government, fully sanctioned by the United States government, was regarded as bogus because of audacious election frauds committed by commuting Missourians. The free-state government was regarded as bogus due to the stench of treason in creation without authorization.

Listen, react, and interact with the Lecompton Reenactors as they bring to life this turbulent time in history of Kansas and the Nation in a period political gathering. Kansas Territorial characters you’ll meet include John Brown, Jim Lane, Sheriff Sam Jones, Territorial Governor Andrew Reeder, Clarina Nichols, Charles and Sara Robinson, Senator David Atchison, Judge Rush Elmore and the Reverend Thomas Johnson among others.

https://www.ksnativesonsanddaughters.org/2019-honorees-and-banquet?fbclid=IwAR1WAjGINt7HffG2sMuKEws_zzzlT53PRvoK3CdUZ0VP8qZ-fJ4cNbvKt7I

The Department promotes the mission of the Kansas State Board of Education through leadership and support for student learning in Kansas. The Board is charged with the general supervision of public education and other educational interests in the state. While clearly acknowledging the role and impor...

Lecompton Reenactor Michelle Martin recently published this article about Asenath Campbell and the murder of Deputy Mars...
01/08/2020
Asenath’s Fiery Pen

Lecompton Reenactor Michelle Martin recently published this article about Asenath Campbell and the murder of Deputy Marshal John Little in Fort Scott in December 1858 for the Rural Women's Studies blog. We hope you enjoy this interesting event from territorial Kansas history.

https://ruralwomensstudies.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/asenaths-fiery-pen/

Instead of retreating to their parlors and bemoaning their plight, women in Territorial Kansas advocated for themselves and their families in the face of loss.

12/31/2019
Around Kansas

One of our Lecompton Reenactors, Michelle Martin, and a great fan supporter of ours Deb Goodrich are sharing the rich history of Kansas on the weekly television program Around Kansas! Give their page a like. You never know when Lecompton and its amazing history will be featured on the show.
https://www.facebook.com/aroundkansas/

Journalist and historian Deb Goodrich introduces you to the people who make Kansas a great place to live and visit on Around Kansas, weekly feature of AGam.

Happy Birthday Kansas!  Ad Astra Per Aspera.
01/29/2018

Happy Birthday Kansas! Ad Astra Per Aspera.

Congratulations to our Lecompton Reenactor Michelle Martin in the publication of her latest online article for the Ameri...
03/08/2017
A Flag, a Dinner Bell, and a Hand-Dug Well: Using Artifacts to Make Meaningful Connections to the Past - American Historical Association

Congratulations to our Lecompton Reenactor Michelle Martin in the publication of her latest online article for the American Historical Association that deals with living history and artifact interpretation! Way to go.

http://blog.historians.org/2017/03/a-flag-a-dinner-bell-and-a-hand-dug-well-using-artifacts-to-make-meaningful-connections-to-the-past/

An AHA 2017 session introduced Michelle Martin to new strategies for using artifacts to reinterpret history at historic house museums.

We wanted to share this blog article written by Lecompton Reenactor Michelle Martin.  Michelle has portrayed many indivi...
10/18/2016
“You Will Never Get Anything Useful or of Value Out of This”: How a Difficult Diary Became My Dissertation - American Historical Association

We wanted to share this blog article written by Lecompton Reenactor Michelle Martin. Michelle has portrayed many individuals from the Kansas Territorial era with the LRs from Sara Robinson, Matilda Barber, Clarina Nichols, Betsie Hoole, to Mahala Doyle. She is currently working on her doctoral studies at the University of New Mexico. Enjoy!

http://blog.historians.org/2016/10/you-will-never-get-anything-useful-or-of-value-out-of-this-how-a-difficult-diary-became-my-dissertation/

Michelle Martin discusses how she applied an indigenous-centered approach to analyze an obscure historic diary and use it in her dissertation research.

Happy Women's Equality Day!  Kansas played an important role in women's suffrage and rights!https://www.facebook.com/Nat...
08/26/2016

Happy Women's Equality Day! Kansas played an important role in women's suffrage and rights!

https://www.facebook.com/NationalWomansParty/posts/10154564427939558

Happy #WomensEqualityDay! Four years after the National Woman's Party was formed and decades after the beginning of the suffrage campaign, the 19th Amendment was signed into law August 26, 1920. Alice Paul and members of the NWP celebrated with the unfurling of the ratification banner, shown here.
Learn more about the unfurling of the Ratification Banner at 14 Jackson Place, now 722 Jackson Place: https://library.whitehousehistory.org/fotoweb/archives/5017-Digital%20Library/Main%20Index/President's%20Neighborhood/1112128.tif.info CC The White House Historical Association
#CircleofSuffrage

08/25/2016
National Park Service

Today the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th Birthday!

https://www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice/videos/10153702141286389/

It's finally here! Experience 0 to 100 with this video in honor of our 100th birthday!

#FindYourPark #NPS100

Credit/Author: NPS, Mathew John

Soundtrack: Cis Minor, “Today I Am Happy, As Never Before”

Footage Provided by: Department of Interior | National Park Service | Florentine Films | Will and Jim Pattiz – More Than Just Parks | Jesse Rosten | Camp 4 Collective and Entropy Boy Productions | Brand USA | Gavin Heffernan | Ryan Light Films| David Lerman | Harun Mehmedinovic – Sky Glow Project | Ian Shive – Tandem Stills + Motion | Ryan Light | Steve Droter | Chris McKechnie

Sometimes people are not sure how to approach a living history interpreter....and this handy article will help you get t...
06/24/2016
How to Talk to a Costumed Interpreter in 7 Easy Steps

Sometimes people are not sure how to approach a living history interpreter....and this handy article will help you get the most out of interaction with living history interpreters!

http://makinghistorynow.com/2016/06/how-to-talk-to-a-costumed-interpreter-in-7-easy-steps/

“We get that this is a weird job,” says Nicole Brown, who portrays Hannah Powell on the streets of Williamsburg. She and her colleagues know all too well that

Here is a great read!  Interesting painting and artist!
12/02/2015
Jesse James Birthplace

Here is a great read! Interesting painting and artist!

Some time in December 1868 George Caleb Bingham, noted Missouri artist, completed his painting Martial Law (also referred to as Order No. 11), a poignant depiction of the hardships caused by Union General Thomas Ewing’s 1863 Order No. 11. Bingham was a Union supporter and member of the Whig party during the Civil War but pleaded with Gen. Ewing to rescind the order which brought so much misery to residents of several border counties. When Ewing refused, the artist vowed to make him “infamous with pen and brush.” In the painting, Ewing is portrayed calmly observing the hardships he has created. Bingham and his acclaimed, controversial painting toured Missouri and he circulated prints of his work, hoping to ruin Ewing’s political career in Ohio. http://ow.ly/UZCxA

On this date in 1859 John Brown was hung for the crime treason for his unsuccessful raid on the federal arsenal at Harpe...
12/02/2015

On this date in 1859 John Brown was hung for the crime treason for his unsuccessful raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry. Brown's activities in Kansas drew the ire of many including a woman, Mahala Doyle. In this letter (photo from the Gilder Lehrman of American History website) she addresses Brown directly.

Chattanooga Tennessee
20th November 1859.

John Brown
Sir
Altho vengence is not mine, I confess, that I do feel gratified to hear that you ware stopt in your fiendish career at Harper’s Ferry, with the loss of your two sons, you can now appreciate my distress, in Kansas, when you then and there entered my house at midnight and arrested my husband and two boys and took them out of the yard and in cold blood shot them dead in my hearing, you cant say you done it to free our slaves, we had none and never expected to own one, but has only made me a poor disconsolate widow with helpless children while I feel for your folly. I do hope & trust that you will meet your just reward. O how it pained my Heart to hear the dying groans of my Husband and children if this scrawl give you any consolation you are welcome to it
Mahala Doyle

NB my son John Doyle whose life I begged of (you) is now grown up and is very desirous to be at Charleston on the day of your execution would certainly be there if his means would permit it, that he might adjust the rope around your neck if gov: wise would permit it
M. Doyle.

11/18/2015
The American Artist - Teaser

The artwork of George Caleb Bingham is known to those of us in Kansas and Missouri. Now the rest of the world will know about this important artist who captured the frontier. Look for this film from Wide Awake Films in the summer of 2016!

https://vimeo.com/136560339

The Life & Times of George Caleb Bingham Coming Summer, 2016

Many of our female living historians are asked about out clothing and in particular corsets.  Some of us love them and w...
11/17/2015
Here's How Corsets Deformed The Skeletons Of Victorian Women

Many of our female living historians are asked about out clothing and in particular corsets. Some of us love them and wear them all the time while others like being able to breathe more freely when in living history clothing. Here is a interesting article on the effects of corseting on the body!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/11/16/how-corsets-deformed-the-skeletons-of-victorian-women/

An anthropologist has found evidence on Victorian skeletons that calls into question the longstanding assumption that corseting was detrimental to women's health.

The Lecompton Reenactors's cover photo
11/13/2015

The Lecompton Reenactors's cover photo

We thought you would enjoy some articles about the Potowattomie Creek Massacre.
11/13/2015

We thought you would enjoy some articles about the Potowattomie Creek Massacre.

03/03/2013

Visit historic Constitution Hall today, March 3, and take in the performance by the Lecompton Reenactors at 2pm. Visit with authors Deb Bisel and Michelle Martin as they sign their new book Kansas Forts and Bases: Sentinels on the Prairie!

Here is a new book on Kansas history!  http://www.amazon.com/Kansas-Forts-Bases-Sentinels-Prairie/dp/1609498267/ref=sr_1...
02/04/2013
Kansas Forts and Bases: Sentinels on the Prairie

Here is a new book on Kansas history!
http://www.amazon.com/Kansas-Forts-Bases-Sentinels-Prairie/dp/1609498267/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359995496&sr=8-1&keywords=kansas+forts+and+bases

The relationship between Kansas and the science of war is ingrained, consistent and evident, yet it seems antithetical to the quiet, conservative farmer who is the quintessential image of the state. It is not. The same values created both, and both created Kansas. From early exploration of Americ...

01/29/2013

Ad Astra Per Aspera! On January 29, 1861 Kansas entered the Union as a free state. The territorial citizens of Kansas helped create the foundation of our great state.

11/24/2012

Make sure you check yesterday's New York Times for a great article about Lecompton!

01/29/2012

Today is the 151st birthday of the state of Kansas. Ad Astra Per Aspera. The men and women of Bleeding Kansas paved the way for the settlement of Kansas and its entry into the Union as a free state. Thank you to our territorial ancestors and their sacrifices.

October 30, 1857. James Lane writes from Falls City, Nebraska Territory  to John Brown, who is in Fremont County, Iowa a...
10/30/2011

October 30, 1857. James Lane writes from Falls City, Nebraska Territory to John Brown, who is in Fremont County, Iowa about securing guns for use in Kansas Territory: “Falls city Oct 30. 1857
Dr Sir
By great sacrifices we have raised & send by Mr. Tidd $150. I trust this money will be used to get the guns to Kansas or as near as possible.
If you can get them to this point we will try & get them on in some way – the probability is Kansas will never need the guns – one thing is certain - if they are to do her any good it will be in the next few days
Let nothing interfere in bringing them on.
Yours,
J. H Lane (Pictured: James H. Lane)

J. H. Lane to John Brown, letter dtd October 30, 1857. KansasMemory.Org. Kansas Historical Society. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/4626/page/1.

October 29, 1856. Mrs. H. J. Williams, a member of the Rev. Samuel Adair’s congregation in Ohio, writes to Florella Adai...
10/29/2011

October 29, 1856. Mrs. H. J. Williams, a member of the Rev. Samuel Adair’s congregation in Ohio, writes to Florella Adair about her concern for them in the K.T.: “Oc the 29 1856
Dear Sister Adir
It is with pleasure I improve this oportunity of conversing a little with you Oh how long and earnestly have I wished even for this poor mode of sympathizing with you, but untill now have been denied it, It does seeme as thoug our enemies ( I say ours because we class our selves with you on the side of right) had resorted to the last comfort left you when they take the sympathy your friends would express in this feeble way. we do feel for you and think of you often night and day when we come around our table when we pass your home here in Lafayette It still seems like yours and no ones else when we go to Church when we meet in the sewing circle and especially when we meet at the parsonage as we have to day to palan relief for you and thoes suffering with you and when we read of the mobs and riots in Kansas we tremble and fear our dear Minister and family have been [###x] to their hellish deeds. I does seem as thou a God of justice would soon interpose in behalf of right it must be a comfort to you to call upon him in the day of your trouble Mr Williams sends you a chees one of his own make I send you come cotton cloth and a pair of linning aprons which were sister & my children have all worn them they will help to keep some little child warm and a few other articles which if you do not nead them you can give them to some one that does give my kind regards to Mr A and Charles tell them I hope the day is not far distant when they will be alowed to stay at home with none to molest them or to make them afraid Mr W wishes to be remembered to you he speak of you often with a great feeling Learette and Sarah say a great deal about Eemma and wondr if she has to lie upon the bare ground in the woods and sleep They want to see you and wonder why you do not come back
[written on edge of page 1] those two pairs of stockins will probably be to small for Emma but you can give them to some one that can wear them my father is failing very fast has been sick all summer cannot live but a few day at the longest Mr Bowen was down yesterday to bring somethings for you from York
let me close by wishing for the recvery of yor health and the speedy relief from all of your trouble
yors in affection
H J Williams” (Pictured: Florella Adair)

H. J. Williams to Florella Adair, letter dtd October 29, 1856. KansasMemory.Org. Kansas Historical Society. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/90211/page/2.

October 28, 1856. Writing from Chicago, Illinois, William F. M. Arny, general agent for the National Kansas Committee, i...
10/28/2011

October 28, 1856. Writing from Chicago, Illinois, William F. M. Arny, general agent for the National Kansas Committee, informs William Hutchinson of a shipment of relief goods that will arrive soon at Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. Arny writes that he has given James Blood several thousand dollars "to purchase goods in St. Louis," and Arny was on his way East to raise more: “Chicago Oct 28th 1856.
W Hutchinson
Dear Sir
I arrived here safe yesterday—We forwarded to Leavenworth Care of Davis & Cumer—175 Cases Clothing up to this date they are all marked (F.M.) and freight paid on them as you receive them please acknowledge the receipt to me—I send a bale and box for “A Ford” Lawrence you will please hand them to A Wattles, or Mr Brown Editor Herald of Freedom who will—deliver them to him
I gave an order to Dr Weed on you for Seventy five Dollars—which when presented you will please pay
We have forwarded by Mr Blood $5000. and furnished him with $3000 more to purchase goods in St Louis I leave to night for the east and hope to have several thousand more on my return please let me hear from you on receipt of this.
And oblige in haste
Yours
W. FM Arny Gene agt Natl Kansas Committee” (Pictured: William Hutchinson)
W.F.M. Arny to William Hutchinson, letter dtd October 28, 1856. KansasMemory.Org. Kansas Historical Society. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/90551/page/1.

James Lane's Revenge
10/27/2011
James Lane's Revenge

James Lane's Revenge

A senator-turned-soldier and the infamous raid on Osceola, Mo.

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319 Elmore St
Lecompton, KS
66050

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Constitution Hall James Henry Lane had a significant impact on Kansas history and is one of Constitution Hall’s more colorful characters. He was part of a large antislavery delegation that marched into Lecompton to protest the convening of the proslavery Lecompton Constitutional Convention in the fall of 1857. The nation’s eyes were fixed on this site, waiting to see what kind of constitution would be drafted and whether Kansas would join the Union as a free or slave state. Learn more about Jim Lane, the proslavery and free-state forces in the area, and other stories of territorial Kansas at Constitution Hall, a National Historic Landmark. A finalist in the 8 Wonders of Kansas!

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Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00

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Hello Reenactors! CANDLELIGHT TOUR MEETING on SAT. OCT, 20 at 3:00pm at the Harris-Kearney House. If you plan on being a part of this year's Candlelight Tour, please attend this meeting. It is time to get ready for the Christmas Candlelight Tour of the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum. This year’s tour is Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, November 23 and 24. The theme is the First Christmas after the Civil War: 1865. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting! Thanks~
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