The Lecompton Reenactors will bring “Bleeding Kansas” to life.
The reenactors, part of the Fair’s Explore Kansas Weekend, will depict an 1850s town hall meeting, reflecting the sentiments of that time regarding slavery in Kansas and the eventual vote settlers would take to determine if their new state constitution would allow or prohibit slavery.
It was a violent time for Territorial Kansas. Lecompton was the Territorial Capital from 1855 to 1861. Delegates met in 1857 at the town’s Constitutional Hall — which has been restored and can be toured today — to write a proslavery constitution.In the end, the Lecompton Constitution was rejected, and Kansas was admitted as a free state in 1861.
The 30-minute performance is educational and entertaining and includes audience interaction. Join Gov. Charles Robinson and his wife Sara, radical Jim Lane, abolitionist John Brown, plus proslavery advocates and border ruffians as they passionately express their feelings on the issue of slavery in Kansas.
Hours: Noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Sunday Sept. 8 at the Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System Lake Talbott Stage; and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 9 at Talbott Stage and 1 p.m. at Bretz and Young Injury Lawyers Arena.