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Historic Lecompton was the Territorial Capital of Kansas from 1854 to 1861. This period was also known as Bleeding Kansas which was characterized by violent guerilla warfare between those who favored slavery in the future state of Kansas and those who wanted Kansas to be a free state. The wide spread controversy over the famous Lecompton Constitution, written at Lecompton’s Constitution Hall, resulted in Lincoln’s election as President and spurred the events that led to the Civil War. The Constitution Hall is now a National Historic Site. Lane University, 1868 – 1902, now the Territorial Capital Museum, was the college attended by Ida Stover and David Eisenhower, the parents of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Their marriage was held in the chapel of Lane University. During the Christmas season, the Lecompton Historical Society hosts a fabulous display of over 200 Christmas trees bedazzled in Victorian, antique, vintage and themed ornaments and related décor. It is one of the largest in the Midwest. Lecompton’s quaint downtown includes a restaurant, winery and old fashioned mercantile that also attracts the museum goers. The Democratic Headquarters for the Kansas Territory, built in 1854, is near the Territorial Capital Museum and the original 1892 original jail next to Constitution Hall are open to visitors.
To honor our veterans, Gettysburg Foundation invites veterans to enjoy a special discount and programming at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. U.S. military veterans will receive free admission to the Film, Cyclorama & Museum Experience. Ticket holders also have the unique opportunity to see the historic Gettysburg Cyclorama painting in a different light. Unlike the traditional experience with a light and sound show in which visitors ‘experience’ Pickett’s Charge depicted in the Cyclorama painting, a special 'lights up' program will feature an introductory talk while in full light of the painting. Guests see a very different view of the artwork with the lights up and gain an understanding of the history and scenes in the painting. Start with the film A New Birth of Freedom, followed by the ‘lights up’ program on the Cyclorama painting. Explore the Gettysburg Museum of the American Civil War at leisure throughout the day. Located at 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, Pa., the Museum & Visitor Center offers Veterans Day hours from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The last film and cyclorama show begins at 4 p.m. Veterans are encouraged to arrive early and need to show proof of veteran status for free tickets. U.S. military active-duty personnel receive free admission to the experience daily. Gettysburg Foundation thanks our military service members for their service and sacrifice to our country. GivingTuesday is Nov. 30, 2021. Gettysburg Foundation’s annual GivingTuesday fundraising campaign will help maintain Gettysburg’s symbol of peace and unity, focusing on the Eternal Light Peace Memorial at Gettysburg National Military Park. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Light Peace Memorial July 3, 1938, during the Battle of Gettysburg’s 75th anniversary. A symbol of “peace eternal in a nation reunited,” the memorial’s 1938 dedication was a tribute to peace, honoring soldiers and veterans who served and continue to serve our country to promote peace in the world. Since then, the memorial has been a focal point for visitors and our service men and women to gather and reflect, holding a special significance for U.S. veterans and active-duty military personnel. Gettysburg Foundation is on a mission to raise $50,000 to continue the ‘eternal’ flame. Join our efforts and unite with us to keep the flame of this significant memorial shining. While this symbolic light is enduring, so is the responsibility of keeping the flame bright. Your generosity will keep this symbolic flame for peace bright for years to come. To support our history’s preservation, visit GettysburgFoundation.org to make your GivingTuesday donation. Click here to Visit & Donate:
You might wonder why the National Museum of the Pacific War (NMPW) is located in a small, land-locked town in Central Texas. The answer is simple: Fredericksburg is the hometown of WWII hero Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. A world-class museum and now a Smithsonian Affiliate, NMPW is a six-acre complex housing 55,000 square feet of exhibits, a Memorial Courtyard filled with thousands of tributes to WWII veterans, a Japanese Garden of Peace and more. The Pacific Combat Zone is home to a battlefield emulating Pacific Islands and where Living History reenactments demonstrate weaponry, battle tactics and other resources used by both the U.S. and Japanese forces. The Admiral Nimitz Gallery provides intimate glimpses into the life of Fredericksburg’s hometown hero. Almost 100 personal and family artifacts are displayed, dotting the rich biography of Nimitz from childhood through his retirement at the highest rank in the U.S. Navy. The Gallery boasts state-of-the-art interactives that engage and educate the entire family. The George H.W. Bush Gallery chronicles the Pacific war, beginning with the “backstory” of the geopolitics that led Japan to attack the U.S. Exhibits answer questions such as, “Who was Ensign Sakamaki, the first POW of WWII?” Sakamaki’s story, along with the Japanese midget submarine he piloted during the attack on Pearl Harbor are displayed at the Museum. Ever wondered what an atomic bomb looks like? You can walk right up to a bomb casing identical to the casing on the Fat Man bomb that destroyed Nagasaki and which many say prompted the war’s end. The artifacts themselves are impressive, but it is the stories of ordinary Americans who did the extraordinary that are inspiring. One of the staff’s favorite displays is a flag made by American POWs who for three years hid the stars from a flag they had to destroy to avoid its capture. When their liberation was imminent, they sewed a new flag with parachute material and the stars saved from their old flag. With over 5,000 oral histories housed in the Oral History Collection, visitors can listen to the voices of men and women who served on ships and planes, on the front lines, the home front, in hospitals and more. NMPW welcomes visitors from all over the world. Fredericksburg is a picturesque town with German heritage, good food and plenty to do. Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, it is slightly cooler and drier than its closest cities San Antonio and Austin. Visit their website which hosts many videos about the Museum and WWII history. Sign up for their email updates to be informed about webinars, onsite and virtual events, and Museum news. NMPW’s mission is to “educate and inspire present and future generations about World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and the continuing global relevance of its lessons.” They reach students with school visits, hosts many field trips and has a robust Distance Learning program that hosted 9,000 students in the past year – including some as far away as Ghana! ©2021 National Museum of the Pacific War All rights reserved.