A Quantum of Quantrill

Old Places, New Spaces

Exactly 150 years after the sack of Lawrence, Kansas, the Library turns a spotlight on Confederate guerrilla William Clarke Quantrill and his band of “bushwhackers.”


Quantrill in the Movies - John Tibbetts

Sunday, August 18, 2013 2 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

William Quantrill’s August 21, 1863 Confederate raid on Lawrence, Kansas, left nearly 200 men and boys dead and the city in flames. Film expert John Tibbetts explores how that dramatic story has found its way onto celluloid in movies as varied as Dark Command (1940), Quantrill’s Raiders (1958), and Ang Lee’s locally-filmed Ride With the Devil (1999).


The Sack of Lawrence and the Guerrilla War - Tony R. Mullis

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 6:30 p.m.
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

On the 150th anniversary of William Clarke Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Tony R. Mullis of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, examines the notorious massacre and the years of back-and-forth atrocities by Confederate bushwackers and pro-Union Jayhawkers that led up to it.


Guerrillas in Our Midst

August 18, 2013 through December 29, 2013
Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Before and during the Civil War, Confederate guerrillas battled federal troops and Jayhawker irregulars along the Missouri-Kansas border. That brutal era comes to life in Guerrillas in Our Midst, an original exhibit of drawings and photographs from the Library’s Missouri Valley Special Collections.


Quantrill’s Legacy

August marks the 150th anniversary of the raid on Lawrence, Kansas, by William Quantrill’s band of Confederate irregulars. The Library observes this event with a series of films that unfold on the Missouri-Kansas border.

Mondays in August at 6:30 p.m. Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.