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Kansas Rifles Number 1 Military Festival
Author: Kansas Rifles Number 1
Date: November 15, 1855

This document was an invitation to a military festival held on November 15, 1855, at 7:00 p.m. at the Free State Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas. The committee of arrangements consisted of Lieut> J. B. Conway, E. E. Lenhart, J. Mack, J. G. Crocker, and J. W. Colborn. The members of the committee of invitation were Theo. Clemens, Lieut. A. Cutler, and Geo. Earl (Earle?).

Keywords: Balls (parties); Clemens, Theo.; Colborn, J. W.; Conway, J. B.; Crocker, John G.; Cutler, A.; Earle, Geroge F.; Entertainment; Free State Hotel; Kansas Rifles Number 1; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Lenhart, C. E.; Mack, J; Military

Immigrant's Violin
Author: No authors specified.
Date: 1855

James Limerick brought this violin from Kentucky to Kansas Territory in 1855. Limerick played the violin around campsites in the evenings. The Limerick family settled at Rock Creek in Pottawatomie County, near the James Darnell family whom they met on the trail. Limerick eventually gave the violin to the Darnells.

Keywords: Darnell, James; Entertainment; Immigration (see Emigration and immigration); Irish; Limerick, James; Music; Objects; Pottawatomie County, Kansas Territory; Settlement

Washington Birth-Day Ball by the Kansas Rifles No. One.
Author: Kansas Rifles No. One
Date: February 22, 1856

The Kansas Rifles No. One sponsored this ball to be held at the Free State Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, "in honor of the Day which gave birth to th Immortal Washington." The committee of arrangements consisted of J. W. Colburn, James H. Lane, A. Cutler, A. D. Searl, W. L. Brigden, Chas. Robinson, John G. Cropsker, James R. White, E. Emmerson, and B. F. Swift. Tickets to the event were $2.00.

Keywords: Balls (parties); Community life; Cutler, George A.; Daily life; Dance parties; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Free State Hotel; Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Parties; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Searl, Albert D.

Invitation to Washington's Birth-day Ball
Author: Kansas Rifles Number 1
Date: February 1856

A printed invitation to a Washington's birthday ball hosted by the Kansas Rifles No. 1 at the Free State Hotel on February 22, 1856.

Keywords: Balls (parties); Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Entertainment; Free State Hotel; Invitation; Kansas Rifles Number 1; Lawrence, Kansas Territory

Letter, Ke Kahn [Joseph N. Bourassa] to Mr. Thos. N. Stinson
Author: Bourassa, Joseph N.
Date: December 29, 1856

Joseph N. Bourassa, a Pottawatomie Indian who signed this letter with his Indian name of Ke Kahn, wrote to Thomas N. Stinson, a Tecumseh resident and Indian trader. Bourassa, writing from Council Grove, Kansas Territory, described his efforts to recruit musicians and dancers for a New Year's Eve ball.

Keywords: Balls (parties); Bourassa, Joseph N.; Celebrations; Community life; Council Grove, Kansas Territory; Dance parties; Entertainment; Ke Kahn; Morris County, Kansas Territory; Music; Musicians; Parties; Stinson, Thomas N.

Letter, E. [Ephraim] Nute to Rev. E. E. [Edward Everett] Hale
Author: Nute, Ephraim
Date: April 6, 1857

Rev. Ephraim Nute, minister of the Lawrence Unitarian Church, wrote from Lawrence, Kansas Territory to Edward Everett Hale, a member of the New England Emigrant Aid Company's Executive Committee. Nute included a list of books that he wished to add to his Unitarian church library. Nute commented on the difficulties experienced by those attempting to spread Christianity in Kansas. He also observed that immigration to Kansas was increasing.

Keywords: Books; Churches; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Entertainment; Hale, Edward Everett, 1822-1909; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Libraries; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Nute, Ephraim; Reading; Relief; Religion

Invitation to a ball at the Free State Hotel
Author: No authors specified.
Date: c. 1858

An invitation to a ball held on January 29, 1859, at the Free State hotel with proceeds going toward refurnishing the hotel.

Keywords: Adams, Henry J.; Allen, Lyman; Babcock, Carmi William; Blood, James; Branscomb, Charles H.; Conway, Martin Franklin; Deitzler, George W.; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Eldridge House; Emery, James Stanley; Entertainment; Free State Hotel; Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900; Hutchinson, William, 1823-1904; Jenkins, Gaius; Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Learnard, Oscar E., 1832-1911; McClure, W. M.; Mead, Andrew J.; Moore, H. Miles (Henry Miles), b. 1826; Plumb, Preston B., 1837-1891; Roberts, William Young; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Searl, Albert D.; Smith, George W.; Winchell, J. M.

New Years Hop
Author: No authors specified.
Date: January 1, 1858

This invitation was for a dance to be held at "Mr. Chestnut's New Building" on the evening of New Year's Day in 1858 in Osawatomie, Lykins County, Kansas Territory. The cost to attend was $2.50 and the invitation indicated the "good music engaged for the occasion."

Keywords: Balls (parties); Chestnut, William; Community life; Daily life; Dance parties; Lykins County, Kansas Territory (see also Miami County, Kansas); Miami County, Kansas (see also Lykins County, Kansas Territory); Osawatomie, Kansas Territory; Parties

Benefit Ball
Author: No authors specified.
Date: May 21, 1858

This invitation was to a ball to be held on the anniversary of the destruction of the Free State Hotel. It was to celebrate the opening of the Eldridge House, Lawrence, Kansas Territory. Tickets cost $5.00 and the proceeds were to be used for furnshing the new hotel. Thirty nine men from 17 different communities were listed on the invitation.

Keywords: Balls (parties); Community life; Daily life; Dance parties; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Eldridge House; Free State Hotel; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Parties

Independence Grand Pic Nic Party
Author: No authors specified.
Date: July 5, 1858

This invitation was to a party to be held at McAllister's Hall in Osawatomie, Kansas Territory, on July 5, 1858. Music was to be provided by Smith's Band. Supper was provided and tickets cost $2.50. The back of the invitation listed 27 dances that would be performed. This party was sponsored by several individuals from Osawatomie, Indianapolis, Paola, Stanton, Lane City, Lawrence, and several other communities.

Keywords: Balls (parties); Community life; Daily life; Dance parties; Lykins County, Kansas Territory (see also Miami County, Kansas); Miami County, Kansas (see also Lykins County, Kansas Territory); Osawatomie, Kansas Territory; Parties

Cotillon Party
Author: No authors specified.
Date: December 30, 1858

This invitation was for a party to be held at William Chestnut's house in Osawatomie, Kansas Territory on December 30, 1858

Keywords: Balls (parties); Chestnut, William; Community life; Daily life; Dance parties; Lykins County, Kansas Territory (see also Miami County, Kansas); Miami County, Kansas (see also Lykins County, Kansas Territory); Parties

Announcement, Grand Opening Ball at the Eldridge House, New Year's Eve
Author: No authors specified.
Date: December 31, 1858

This announcement advertises a Grand Opening Ball held at the Eldridge House in Lawrence, Kansas on December 31, 1858. It lists committee of arrangement and floor managers.

Keywords: Allen, Lyman; Babcock, Carmi William; Balls (parties); Blood, James; Branscomb, Charles H.; Davis, Alson C.; Deitzler, George W.; Eldridge House; Entertainment; Farnsworth, Loring; Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory; Pratt, Caleb S.; Roberts, William Young; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Smith, George W.; Stinson, Thomas N.; Topeka, Kansas Territory

Anniversary Ball
Author: No authors specified.
Date: May 20, 1859

The citizens of Lawrence, Kansas Territory, were giving this ball to benefit the fire department but the event was to be held on the anniversary of the destruction of the Free State Hotel on May 20, 1856. The event was to be held at the Eldridge House and music was provided by the Lawrence Quadrille Band.

Keywords: Balls (parties); Community life; Daily life; Dance parties; Douglas County, Kansas Territory; Eldridge House; Free State Hotel; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Parties

Grand New Year's Ball
Author: No authors specified.
Date: December 30, 1859

This invitation was to a ball to be held at the Osage Valley House in Osawatomie, Kansas Territory. Tickets were $2.50 and a supper was to be served at ten o'clock. The proprietors of the Osage Valley House were Fisher and Crouch. The invitation was issues by several men from Osawatomie and surrounding communities.

Keywords: Balls (parties); Community life; Daily life; Dance parties; Lykins County, Kansas Territory (see also Miami County, Kansas); Osawatomie, Kansas Territory; Parties

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John Brown Melodeon
Authors: No authors specified.
Date:  1846-1857
Abolitionist John Brown gave this melodeon to his daughter, Ruth Brown Thompson, as a wedding present. It was played at John Brown's funeral on Dec. 8, 1859. He originally purchased the melodeon from a musician in New York. Patent dates stamped on the instrument range from 1846 to 1857. It was manufactured by Carhart & Needham Organs and Melodeons of New York.

Keywords: Abolitionists; Brown, John, 1800-1859; Carhart & Needham Organs and Melodeons; Entertainment; Funerals; Marriage; Music; New York; Objects; Thompson, Ruth (Brown); Violent deaths


Sheet Music, The Kansas Call
Authors: Ives, Jr., E. ; Larcom, Lucy
Date:  1855
This sheet music was for a song about the struggle in Kansas. Lucy Larcon wrote the words and E. Ives, Jr. composed the music.

Keywords: Entertainment; Ives, E., Jr.; Larcom, Lucy; Lyrics; Music; Songs


Kansas Rifles Number 1 Military Festival
Authors: Kansas Rifles Number 1
Date:  November 15, 1855
This document was an invitation to a military festival held on November 15, 1855, at 7:00 p.m. at the Free State Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas. The committee of arrangements consisted of Lieut> J. B. Conway, E. E. Lenhart, J. Mack, J. G. Crocker, and J. W. Colborn. The members of the committee of invitation were Theo. Clemens, Lieut. A. Cutler, and Geo. Earl (Earle?).

Keywords: Balls (parties); Clemens, Theo.; Colborn, J. W.; Conway, J. B.; Crocker, John G.; Cutler, A.; Earle, Geroge F.; Entertainment; Free State Hotel; Kansas Rifles Number 1; Lawrence, Kansas Territory; Lenhart, C. E.; Mack, J; Military


Immigrant's Violin
Authors: No authors specified.
Date:  1855
James Limerick brought this violin from Kentucky to Kansas Territory in 1855. Limerick played the violin around campsites in the evenings. The Limerick family settled at Rock Creek in Pottawatomie County, near the James Darnell family whom they met on the trail. Limerick eventually gave the violin to the Darnells.

Keywords: Darnell, James; Entertainment; Immigration (see Emigration and immigration); Irish; Limerick, James; Music; Objects; Pottawatomie County, Kansas Territory; Settlement


Sheet Music, Gov. Robinson's Polka
Authors: Whitney, Andrew
Date:  1856
This is a copy of sheet music for a song played by the Fitchburg, Massachusetts Cornet Band. It was written by Andrew Whitney and " respectfully dedicated to his friend," Charles Robinson.

Keywords: Entertainment; Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Music; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Songs; Whitney, Andrew


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