VOL. 33, NO.4 LECOMPTONKANSAS.COM Constitution Hall Hopes to Lead Statewide Tourism Promotion How To Vote: Pre-stamped ballots at churches in Lecompton and Big Springs, at Lecompton City Hall, the Tool Barn, the Territorial Museum at Lane University, Constitution Hall and Kroeger Country Meats. Or better yet, each email account can vote three times. Follow instructions at 8Wonders.org.
Local ‘wonder' Area residents should show their interesting and significant history. Some of those people support for Lecompton's Constitution have launched a grassroots effort to garner votes for Hall as one of the eight "Wonders of Constitution Hall as one of the eight state wonders. Similar efforts likely are under way on behalf of the other 23 finalists, so the little town of Lecompton needs Editorial from Lawrence Journal-World, the help of many residents outside its borders.
Saturday, August 25, 2007 The "8 Wonders" campaign is a popularity contest and, in some ways, a gimmick to draw attention to Loyal supporters of the historical sites in Lecompton significant state sites. It's not a life or death matter, but are launching a campaign that deserves the support of why not contribute to the effort to get Constitution Hall area residents.
the attention it deserves? People can pick up ballots Constitution Hall, the historic "Bleeding Kansas" while enjoying a visit to Constitution Hall and other building located in Lecompton, is among 24 finalists historical sites in Lecompton or go to 8wonders.org to to be designated as one of the eight "Wonders of vote. The balloting closes on Dec. 31 and the winners Kansas." Among the other contenders are the Kansas will be announced on Kansas Day, Jan. 29.
Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, the Tallgrass Prairie It would be great if people in this area would show National Preserve, Abilene's Eisenhower museum and they are at least as proud of Constitution Hall as Cawker Monument Rocks in Gove County.
City is of that ball of twine.
Designating the eight "wonders" is a project of the Kansas Sample Foundation in Inman, a group that promotes Kansas tourism and appreciation for Kansas Annual Christmas Vespers
to be Held December 2nd
Constitution Hall certainly is worthy of consideration as a state wonder. Some of the most significant political events in the history of the state and the nation occurred The annual Christmas Vespers will be held December 2nd, 2 P.M., at the Territorial Capital in this building. It was the meeting site for three Museum at Lane University. Music will be territorial legislative sessions — one pro-slavery and two provided by the Lecompton United Methodist free state — before Kansas gained statehood.
Church Choir, First United Methodist Church Delegates to the Lecompton Constitutional Bell Choir, Francis Sanford, Cindy Daniels, Phil Wizer, Ashley Lesser, Nick and Mirian Griggs, Convention met there to write the constitution that Perry -Lecompton vocal assemble and others. The would have brought Kansas into the Union as a slave museum has been decorated with three floors of state. The pro-slavery, anti-slavery debate that occurred decorations with the 15 ft native Christmas Tree. at the territorial capital was pivotal to the events leading The decorations will be in place from Thanksgiving up to the American Civil War.
to New Years. Everyone is welcome. The music is superb, full of joy and Vespers is perfect to set the It's wonderful that Lecompton residents — and many tone for your holiday spirit.
people from other area communities — are so dedicated to promoting and preserving Lecompton's
Bleeding Kansas 2008 A series of talks and dramatic interpretations on the violent conflict over the slavery issue in Kansas Territory 1854 through 1861 Constitution Hall State Historic Site in Historic Lecompton
Wichita State University Department of History Kansas Day remarks and speaker introduction by Virgil Dean, Editor, Kansas History Journal February 3
" John Calhoun: Surveyor General & Lecompton Constitution
0RESIDENTv first-person portrayal by Steven Brosemer, GeoTech, Inc.
first-person portrayals by George & Diane Bernheimer, reenactors and living history educators February 17
portrayal and period clothing display by Lesa Brose, Molly Ledeboer, and Dianna Welsh, living history educators and period dressmakers February 24
4ERRITORYv first-person portrayal by Michelle Martin,
Discovering History, LLC
Photos above: Sarah Johnson, Thomas Johnson, and Sara Robinson. At left: James Lane. Listen, react and interact with Lecompton Reenactors as they bring to life this turbulent time in the history of Kansas and the Nation in a period political gathering. Kansas Territorial char- acters you'll meet include John Brown, Jim Lane, Sheriff Sam Jones, Territorial Governor An- drew Reeder, Clarina Nichols, Charles and Sara Robinson, Senator David Atchison, Judge Rush Elmore and the Reverend Thomas Johnson among others.
Tour the Lane Museum, originally intended to be the Kansas Capitol Building and Constitutional Hall, the meeting place of the Lecompton Constitutional Convention, and Kansas' first Demo- To schedule a performance by the Lecompton Reenactors for your school or tour group
visiting Historic Lecompton, call: 785-887-6148 or 785-887-6285 or 785-887-6520.
Email [email protected] or [email protected].
To schedule school and group guided tours of Historic Lecompton Museum contact:
Territorial Capital - Lane Museum, 640 East Woodson, Lecompton, KS 66050, telephone
785-887-6148 or Constitution Hall , State Historic site, 319 Elmore, Lecompton, KS 66050,
November 20, 2007 To the Lecompton Historical Society Membership: This has been another fantastic year for the Lecompton Historical Society and Lecompton community. At this writing we have had visitors from 48 states, only Rhode Island and Vermont are missing. There have also been visitors from 24 foreign countries. Lecomptonkansas.com our fantastic web site has had 78,424 visits. Charlene Winter has conducted 48 special tours of the museum. The Lecompton Reenactors troupe, has performed 41 "Bleeding Kansas" plays outside of the city.
Many great things have taken place this year. The nomination of Constitution Hall as a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas is certainly a highlight. The promotion material for Lecompton would include a National Landmark, Kansas Historic Site, National Register Site and one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. We would be the only town in Kansas to have this many historic designations. Lecompton has been included in the greater Kansas City Attractions Association brochure. This publica- tion includes 30 important sites in Kansas City such as the Nelson Art Museum, WWI Museum, Kansas City Zoo, the Royals, the Chiefs, Crown Center and the Plaza. This is great recognition of the importance of the history of Lecompton to be included with the above mentioned sites. We also are included in the History Map published by the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City. We were ask to arrange a display booth to promote Lecompton at Royals Stadium for a Royals game by the Greater Kansas City Attractions Association. The film "Bad Blood, The Border War that Triggered the Civil War" which was produced by KCPT TV made its debut and received raving reviews. Lecompton plays an important part in this film which they hope to show nationally.
"Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area which passed Congress and was signed into law by President Bush will help promote Lecompton. National Geographic is going to complete the management plan for the The return of the Lecompton Constitution 150 years after its writing along with Colonel Titus sword for the Bleeding Kansas Lecture Series and Territorial Day was a major attraction. We participated in the Na- tional Travel Association Convention attended by nearly 2000 travel operators from a across the nation at the Legends in Kansas City. The 2007 Bald Eagle Rendezvous was very successful this year.
None of this would be possible without the loyalty and dedication of you our members. We hope you will renew your membership and encourage others to join as we try to make Lecompton a household name across the nation. As E. H. Butler & Co of Philadelphia stated in 1884 that no name of no city in the world was ever such a party cry; and that from 1855 to 1859 "Lecompton" was spoken in as many languages as the name of Paris, London, and Berlin. Lecompton was a "National Obsession" and with your help it can be an major tourist attraction and bring economic development to this city.
150 years ago events started moving to Washington, D.C., but this sesquicentennial year for us will be momentous. Please help us enjoy it fully.
President, Lecompton Historical Society Holderman, S. Mae, 84. Lawrence died Wed., Sept. 19,
Other survivors include three sons; James P., Olathe, 2007. She was born Sept. 11, 1923, in Williamstown, the Spencer D., Charlotte, N. C., and John J. Jr., Lawrence; daughter of Grover C. and Leah Masters Everett. She lived a sister, Violet Conard, Skagway, Alaska, and eight in Lawrence since 1943.
grandchildren. Burial in Greensburg Cemetery at She was a Life member of the Lecompton Historical Greensburg, KS.
Society and a valuable volunteer. Mae chaired many committees, including the Lecompton Afghan, two Capital Istas, Aurelia, 81, Lecompton died Sat. Oct. 27, 2007, at
Worth Remember recipes books, Lecompton History her home. She was born Mar. 24, 1926, in Concordia the book titled "Capital Worth Remembering." She and her daughter of Jules and Margaret Lynch Letourneau. She daughter Shirley made a History quilt of Lecompton that is lived in Concordia until she moved to Lecompton.
on displayed at the museum. Shirley did the drawing and She was a member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Mae did the quilting. This quilt hung in the office of Gov. Perry, also a Life member of the Lecompton Historical John Carlin's in 1982 at the request of the Kansas Travel and Tourism Department.
She married Alvin "Pat" Istas, he survives of the home.
She married Alden E. "Wally" Holderman on July 31, Other survivors include a son, Ned Istas, Parkville, Mo 1945, in Yates Center. He survives of the home.
and three grandchildren. Other survivors include a daughter, Shirley M. Funk, Pat and Aurelia gave Democratic Headquarters to the Lawrence, a son, Richard E. Holderman, Emmanus, Pa.; Lecompton Historical Society after considerable effort and five grandchildren, Leah, Jennifer, Beth Ann, Nicole and time rehabilitating the property around the building.
Matthew; and six great-grandchildren Veronica, Leeanne, Burial will be in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery in Sahrin, Aaron, Ella and Colin. Burial to be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Lecompton.
Istas, Alvin "Pat", 78, Lecompton died Wed. Nov. 7, 2007
Oldfather, Hortense "Tensie" Casady, was born May
at his home. He was born April 3, 1928, in Aurora, the son 7, 1919 in Los Angeles, Calif., and died Oct. 2, 2007 in of Octave and Etta Chaput Istas. He lived in Concordia Kansas City, Mo. She was the daughter of Simon Casady before coming to Lecompton. He and Aurelia went back and Margaret Wheeler Casady.
to Concordia for a few years, then returned to Lecompton She was married to Charles Henry Oldfather in 1942 as in 1991. he went off to World War II. Mr. Istas served in the U. S. Army from 1951 to 1953. She was a Life member of the Lecompton Historical He was a member of the Catholic Church, American Legion and Moose Lodge. Tensie is survived by her children; Felicia and partner As you read in Aurelia's obituary, Pat was a volunteer David Bitts, Timothy and wife Susan Wackerbarth, and helped to preserve the history of Lecompton. He Stephen, Melanie, Christopher and wife Fredrica Wyman, worked many hours cleaning the property around Jon and wife Holly Ford, William and wife Dyann Meyers. Democratic Headquarters and donated the building to the Tensie is survived by seventeen grand-children and five Lecompton Historical Society.
great-grandchildren. Pat and Aurelia have been Life members of the Lecompton Historical Society since 1983. Conard, John J. Sr. 86, Lawrence died Fri. Oct. 12, 2007 He was married to Aurelia Letourneau who preceded
at his home. He was born June 30, 1921, in Coolidge, the him in death Oct. 27, 2007. son of Joseph Harvey and Jessie Shanstrom Conard. Other survivors include a son, Ned, Parkville, Mo.; After military services he returned to K U and received two brothers, Bill, of Perry and Verle, De Soto; six sisters, a Master of Arts degree in political science. Clara Crum, Concordia; Marceline Buckley, Gladys He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Peterson, Jamestown; Marie Dochow, Concordia; Ella Mae American Legion. He was a member of Big Springs Kimmal, Wamego; and Theresa Peltier, Concordia; and United Church and a longtime member of Plymouth three grandchildren. Burial will be in St. Peter's Catholic Congregational Church and Lawrence Rotary Club, where Cemetery in Aurora.
he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a member of First Christian Church in Greenburg, where he served as an elder. He also was Life member of the Lecompton Life Members
Historical Society. Colman, Katherine (Lichliter) He married Virginia Powell on Sept. 13, 1947, in Olathe. She survives at the home.
Donations to the Territorial Capital Museum
1. Photo albums and patriotic flags,material and bows by Shirley Funk 2. 1855 passport and coal oil lamp by Edward Hoover 3. Eisenhower presidential plate by Joyce Behlke 4. Songs Fans dolls and other items by Gena Clements 5. Encyclopedia of American Civil War by Marsha Paslay 6. Glass photo plates by Neita Bahnmaier 7. 1950's Big Springs softball suit by Joe Bahnmaier 8. Unique 1890's black wedding dress.
9. 1875 Montgomery wards Catalog Co.,German book, and newspaper clippings by Charlene Winter 10.1952 Eisenhower Republican Convention Hall Ticket, Eisenhower pot holder, Eisenhower campaign button and ribbon, First day issue of Eisenhower postage stamp and First day issue of 10th anniversary stamp of United Museum-Quality Gifts Fill a Stocking!
"There are so many wonderful holiday gift ideas at the Territorial Museum that you really must stop by to make your selection.from mugs, to cookbooks, beautifully rendered postcards and much more. Of course, you can always buy back copies of the Bald Eagle for $1 to send to your friends to let them know of our history and our Historical Society.
Another Wonderful holiday Gift Idea: Valued and Appreciated Membership in The Lecompton Historical Society The BEST holiday gift is a donation to, or a membership in, the Lecompton Historical Society. Your membership or donation will help keep historic Lane Museum and Constitution Hall, a National Historic Landmark, one of the top tourist attractions in Kansas. Remember that Lecompton Historical Society membership brings you all four Bald Eagle newsletters—one for each sea- son in 2008. Don't miss out on any of the celebrations, meetings and other special occasions. The Lecompton Historical Society, Lane Museum, Lecompton KS 66050, is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of historic sites. We are eager for new members and for continued membership. A Memorial Membership is a thoughtful way of remem- bering a loved one or friend. It's a contribution the Society will cherish.
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Iona Spencer, left, and Charlene Winter, two of Constitution Hall's proudest supporters, make the "point" that Dec. 31, 2007 is the last day that votes will be accepted in the 8wonders.org of Kansas tourism pro- motion. The Lecompton Historical Society has been promoting the campaign. Competitors include sites of Kansas' natural wonder, the Eisenhower Library and the famed John Stuart Curry murals at the State Capitol Rotunda. 3URJUDP%HYHUO 9DQ' NH *HRUJH $UORHQH6LPPRQV'DUOHQH3DVOD WV6DQG 1LFKROV 3XEOLVKHGE
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