“A Visit with the Johnsons” introduces you to the Reverend Thomas and Sarah Johnson (yes, that Johnson, the one for whom Johnson County, Kansas was named), an engaging couple who began their missionary work with the Shawnee Indians in 1830. You will meet them at a turbulent time in Kansas history, long after they established the first and then the second Shawnee Indian Mission School, when two of three sons are at war, but their daughters are nearby.
“Their creative, entertaining, and educational presentation is a must see for all students of history.” - Alana Smith, President - Westport Historical Society
“Carefully researched and sensitively portrayed." - Diane Eickhoff, Author of “Revolutionary Heart: The Life of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women's Rights”
“The Emigrants” tell their story as composite characters based on the letters, diaries, and documented experiences of settlers in Kansas Territory. From May 30, 1854, the day President Franklin Pierce signed the Nebraska-Kansas Act, supporters of the institution of slavery have seen Kansas as what might be their last opportunity to make slavery secure. Abolitionists and Free Staters see the Territory as the place to take a stand to end the spread of slavery for good. Our settlers leave Philadelphia in 1855; traveling with a New England Emigrant Aid Company party to the place Horace Greeley has named “Bleeding Kansas.” They are not abolitionists, but do believe that no person should be the property of another. They are like most that come from the east wanting only to build a home and a business in a new place of opportunity.
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“Lincoln’s Fifth Wheel” Through the eyes of George Templeton Strong and Mrs. Catherine Dix, you’ll see how those who watched their men go off to war supported their soldiers who went to fight to preserve the Union. Their two organizations, the United States Sanitary Commission and the Women’s Central Association of Relief, along with thousands of aid societies formed by ladies in the North, combined their efforts to comfort the wounded, both Union and Confederate, and to assure the soldier in the field that they were supported at home. The doubts of 1861 about these organizations had turned to praise by 1865, with thanks from thousands of soldiers and accolades from generals, including General Ulysses S. Grant, for their work. New York attorney George Templeton Strong, Treasurer of the Commission, and Mrs. Catherine Dix of the Women's Central Association of Relief will be delighted to tell you this little-known story of our Civil War.
Audience: 6th Grade through Adult
Length: 45-55 minutes
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