Civil War one fifty

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War & the Missouri-Kansas border region's unique place in the bloody four-year conflict.

The Kansas City Star

Activities focus on Civil War era

The Kansas City Star

<strong>May 26: The National Archives hosts Paul Kirkman, author of “The Battle of Westport: Missouri’s Great Confederate Raid,” at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, “Lee and Grant,” an assessment of their careers, lives and historical impact, continues at the archives until Oct. 22 at 400 W. Pershing Road, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

May 30: Union Cemetery Historical Society will honor all soldiers buried there. Speeches by re-enactors, including those of Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman. 227 E. 28th Terrace. 11:30 a.m.

June 4: Historic Liberty walking tour. Starts at the parking lot at the corner of Franklin and Lightburne streets. 10 a.m.

June 4: Confederate Memorial Day at the Confederate Veterans Home north of Higginsville, Mo. Visit the chapel to hear about the 1911 Confederate reunion and walk through the grounds to hear first-person accounts of people buried there. 11 a.m.

June 4: “Voices of the Past” at Mount Mora Cemetery in St. Joseph. Talk with actors representing society during the Civil War. Ride buggies and hear narrations of those buried there. Advance tickets: $5 for adults at 816-232-8471. 1 to 4 p.m.

June 11: “The Battle of Blue Mills Landing,” part of the “Talkin’ Truman” series at the Truman Library. Presenter Jay Jackson will display Civil War uniforms and weapons. 11 a.m.

June 17: “Bloody Bill Anderson,” a presentation in Boonville, Mo. Music and a film produced by Chris Edwards at Thespian Hall (which had been built at the time). 7:30 p.m.

June 17-19: Re-enactment of the first Battle of Boonville. Rocheport Road, east of the city limits. 9 a.m.

June 25-26: “Civil War Heritage Festival” at Waverly, Mo. The wedding of the town’s favorite son, Confederate Gen. Jo Shelby, will be re-enacted at 11 a.m. June 25. Activities start at 8 a.m.

Newly opened: “Civil War Medicine,” St. Joseph Museum, 3406 Frederick Ave. Admission: $5 for adults.