Archive for Thursday, September 23, 2004

Civil War returns to Basehor Oct. 16

September 23, 2004

Basehor Historical Society member Carla Crawford gave some sound advice for residents that may find themselves disturbed by loud bursts one day next month.

"If you hear some booms, don't panic," Crawford said. "You're not in danger."

On Saturday, Oct. 16, the historical society will present the 3rd Missouri Light Artillery group, which will perform a Civil War re-enactment. The performance is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Basehor-Linwood High School. It will include the re-enactment battle, camp and demonstrations, buggy rides and other entertainment.

The light artillery group will also present a living Civil War-style camp and live firing demonstrations. The day will culminate with a mock battle beginning at about 2:30 p.m.

There will be no projectiles used during the performance, historical society members said. Historical society members added that the war re-enactment will help promote tourism in Basehor and help educate local students and residents on a bygone era.

The 3rd Missouri Light Artillery group is famous for its re-enactments. On Nov. 15 the group will go nationwide when they are scheduled to be featured on the History Channel's "Investigating History" program. The History Channel produced an hour-long program on the Battle of Mine Creek, Kansas' only Civil War skirmish between uniformed troops, which was fought in Linn County, located approximately 60 miles south of Kansas City.

The History Channel program was originally scheduled to air in October, possibly before the Basehor event, but was recently rescheduled for November, Crawford said.

There is no cost to the public for attending the re-enactment. The historical society will accept donations, proceeds from which will go toward a fund to help pay for a proposed Basehor Historical Society Museum and Conference Center on 158th Street.

Crawford said the historical society has high hopes for the war re-enactment.

"(There is) some interest in making this an annual, citywide, fall festival for Basehor," she said. "It could turn into a big thing."

Early buzz for the upcoming re-enactment has piqued the interest of several groups that could participate, in addition to the Missouri group, she said. "There may be more than just one group (involved)," Crawford said.

While there are many positives to the re-enactment, Crawford said the historical society is still trying to work through a few kinks. The historical society is seeking volunteers to help coordinate the five-hour event and is also hoping for the participation of more food and craft vendors. Vendors will be charged a $25 "space fee."

Anyone interested in participating in the event should contact the historical society at (913) 724-4022.

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