Reenactors bring scenes of Wakarusa War to South Park

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Reenactors on Saturday recreated the defense of Lawrence at South Park, on the ground where much of the Wakarusa War occurred 168 years ago.

People dressed with historical accuracy recreated military and civilian life at the park, where antislavery militias camped and trained in 1855 and where 10 years of violence began in Kansas and the rest of America over the issue of slavery. Read more about the background in this article.

The program, hosted by the Watkins Museum of History, continues from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10 on the west side of South Park. 

For a full schedule, visit the event page via the Watkins Museum’s website at

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August Rudisell (he/him) has been a photographer and videographer for The Lawrence Times since March 2021. He is a former dispatcher, he avidly consumes and creates local news, and he would love to meet your dog when out and about at a community event.

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