The Barton County Historical Society will celebrate Kansas Day by showing the video “Astra per Aspera – Kansas: Territory to Statehood” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the museum.
Ten governors, seven years, four constitutions, national politics, economics, westward expansion and slavery all contributed to the struggle over the government of the Territory of Kansas. The period from May 30, 1854, to Jan. 29, 1861, is one of the most confused and confusing in Kansas and United States history. This period’s list of characters, hero or villain, depending on your outlook, includes John Brown, Jim Lane, John W. Geary and many others. Abraham Lincoln said, “No other territory has ever had such a history.”
This 57-minute Sunflower Showcase video was produced by Sagebrush Video Productions in Otis, headed by Rachel Harmon, a professional photographer and videographer.