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A Nice Drive in the Glacial Hills

A Buffalo Soldier monument in Fort Leavenworth initiated our recent trek up the Glacial Hills Scenic Byway. The monument pays tribute to the 9th & 10th Cavalry Regiments. These groups of Black ...

Posted on November 15, 2011 10:19AM by Karen Ridder

Kansas’ 1861 Decision Leads to Civil War

In recognition of this year’s 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, I wanted to share the pivotal role Kansas played in its history. Most Americans don’t realize that Kansas’ decision to enter the Union as a “free” state on January 29, 1861, ignited the passion and fury of a country divided over slavery. Just a few months later, on April 12, the first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, S.C.Long before the war began, “Bleeding Kansas” had etched its struggles into the souls of a nation. Today, the battlefields, massacres, burnings and all-out border wars in 29 counties in eastern Kansas and 12 counties in western Missouri are designated the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. From the Underground Railroad to the Lecompton Constitution, the FFNHA showcases the region’s contributions to the struggle for equality and provides a rich learning experience for people of all ages.

Posted on February 21, 2011 10:51PM by Becky Blake


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