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Mary Ann McCutchan:

Pioneer Woman in

Bleeding Kansas

Mary Ann McCutchan moved to Kansas Territory in 1859 with

her husband and six children. They built their cabin in Kanwaka, 

a community just west of the new town of Lawrence. 

The Underground Railroad, border ruffians, Quantrill's Raid, and

the birth of another child are but a few of the challenges that

Mary Ann and her husband faced before and during the

Civil War. 

Mary Ann McCutchan is portrayed by               

Janet C. Armstead


1806 2nd St.

Wamego KS 66547



Janet retired after 41 years of teaching in Kansas public and private schools. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Music Education from Kansas State University. Her work in            historic performance, service as the Education Chair, and a life member of the Santa Fe Trail Association keeps Janet busy. She is also chair of the Fort Larned Old Guard, and the choir director for the Zeandale Community Church. Janet and her husband, Dean, have two children and five grandchildren. Janet resides in Wamego, KS.

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