Kansas Blog http://www.travelks.com/blog/ Tag - Civil War Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:14:42 GMT Promised Land on the Prairie http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/31/Promised-Land-on-the-Prairie/2472/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/nicodemus-blog.jpeg'/><br/>A Faces &amp; Places Roadie Blog Driving through the hills on Highway 283 on a perfect July morning, air conditioner blasting away the early heat, sunglasses perched on my nose, it was impossible not to be taken in by the rare beauty of the Smoky River Valley. While somehow managing to be inviting and foreboding at the same time, the landscape made me feel small, not unlike the feeling of standing beside the ocean or a busy sidewalk in New York. On this day, my husband, kids and I headed toward the unincorporated town of Nicodemus, Kansas, to attend the 134th annual Homecoming and Emancipation Celebration. Tue, 31 Jul 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/31/Promised-Land-on-the-Prairie/2472/ So much more than books: the library at the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/24/So-much-more-than-books-the-library-at-the-Eisenhower-Presidential-Library-Museum/1612/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/eisenhower-ground-breaking.jpeg'/><br/> Fifty years ago, Dwight D. Eisenhower used a silver shovel to break ground for the presidential library in Abilene that would bear his name and hold his papers. He chose May 1st&nbsp;in 1962 as the dedication day for the new building because it would have been his mother&rsquo;s 100th&nbsp;birthday.&nbsp; Tue, 24 Jan 2012 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2012/24/So-much-more-than-books-the-library-at-the-Eisenhower-Presidential-Library-Museum/1612/ Fort Scott by Candlelight http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/20/Fort-Scott-by-Candlelight/1444/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/6511313241_191caf4b50_b.jpg'/><br/>Each December, Fort Scott National Historic Site provides visitors a unique opportunity to experience history. They turn off all of the modern lights, cover up the interpretive displays, line ... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/20/Fort-Scott-by-Candlelight/1444/ A Nice Drive in the Glacial Hills http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/15/A-Nice-Drive-in-the-Glacial-Hills/1306/ A Buffalo Soldier monument in Fort Leavenworth initiated our recent trek up the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway. The monument pays tribute to the 9th&nbsp;&amp; 10th&nbsp;Cavalry Regiments. These groups of Black soldiers got their nickname in the Indian Wars. Native Americans said they were brave and fierce in battle - like the Buffalo. Since my son is a huge fan of the Civil War era Cavalry, this was a great way to start an historic and picturesque drive up the eastern edge of the state. Tue, 15 Nov 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/15/A-Nice-Drive-in-the-Glacial-Hills/1306/ A Kansas Version of the Nutcracker http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/1/A-Kansas-Version-of-the-Nutcracker/1269/ <img src='http://www.travelks.com/includes/content/images/media/snow-ballerinas.gif'/><br/>This holiday season, plan on taking your family to see the Nutcracker Suite - Kansas style. While Tchaikovsky’s ballet is performed throughout the state, the Lawrence Arts Center weaves pieces of our own history into the familiar story. The result is a unique rendition of the holiday classic you will not want to miss.&nbsp; Tue, 01 Nov 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/1/A-Kansas-Version-of-the-Nutcracker/1269/ Frontier Military Byway – more than a military tour http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/24/Frontier-Military-Byway-more-than-a-military-tour/941/ There are so many interesting places to visit along the Frontier Military Scenic Byway, you really need to plan a few days to catch it all. The byway takes you along the border area between Kansas and Missouri. It roughly follows the old military road originally built to link Fort Leavenworth and Fort Scott with military installations further to the south. The area was a hotbed of activity during the Bleeding Kansas fight for statehood. Along the route you will find the site of the Marais des Cygnes massacre, a brutal attack that galvanized guerilla warfare between free-state and pro-slavery forces in territorial Kansas. Nearby Mine Creek Battlefield is the site of the only major Civil War battle fought in Kansas. This scenic byway is not all about the military though. You will find a Santa Fe Trail stop, a stately historic home, several parks and a cider mill. The drive is through a beautiful part of the state with lots of hills and trees as you head south out of Kansas City. It takes you past so many interesting stops you will surely find something to please everyone in the family. Wed, 24 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/24/Frontier-Military-Byway-more-than-a-military-tour/941/ Chef at Lawrence’s TEN Restaurant Creates Special Cuisine for Civil War Dinner http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/19/Chef-at-Lawrence-s-TEN-Restaurant-Creates-Special-Cuisine-for-Civil-War-Dinner/910/ Eric Rillos, the new executive chef at the Eldridge Hotel’s TEN Restaurant, rode into Lawrence with a burning passion for creating amazing cuisine and a reputation of doing just that at fine eating ... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/19/Chef-at-Lawrence-s-TEN-Restaurant-Creates-Special-Cuisine-for-Civil-War-Dinner/910/ Humboldt’s Civil War Tour Reveals History Through Art http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/10/Humboldt-s-Civil-War-Tour-Reveals-History-Through-Art/863/ Most of us learned in history class about the burning of Lawrence during the Civil War, but I would guess not many have heard about the earlier burning of the small town of Humboldt on Oct. 14, 1861 by Confederate cavalry. The events surrounding this tragedy that destroyed much of the town have been recorded through public art; 12 scenes reflecting this raid have been etched into black granite and placed at the location where each incident occurred. These stone markers comprise Humboldt’s Civil War History Tour, a self-guided exploration of the city’s past through visual art and the printed word. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/10/Humboldt-s-Civil-War-Tour-Reveals-History-Through-Art/863/ Where it Really Started http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/3/Where-it-Really-Started/843/ Before the Civil War — before Gettysburg, before Shiloh, before Fredericksburg, even before Confederate cannonballs rained down on Fort Sumter — a battle was fought over the issue of slavery. And it happened in Kansas. Wed, 03 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/3/Where-it-Really-Started/843/ Celebrate Lawrence’s Civil-War role in freedom http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/1/Celebrate-Lawrence-s-Civil-War-role-in-freedom/828/ Activities commemorate the anti-slavery history of this Kansas communityFrom 1854 to 1861 – years before shots rang out at Fort Sumter in South Carolina, starting the Civil War – Kansas Territory became known as “Bleeding Kansas” for its violent proslavery and abolitionist activity. Forces on both sides repeatedly clashed in skirmishes, sackings and massacres along the Kansas and Missouri border. In the thick of it, Lawrence, Kan., gained the reputation as a center for anti-slavery Jayhawker and Redleg sentiment and activity. The town was also a key stop along the Underground Railroad. Mon, 01 Aug 2011 07:00:00 GMT http://www.travelks.com/blog/post/2011/1/Celebrate-Lawrence-s-Civil-War-role-in-freedom/828/