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Kansas Historical Society - A Piece of History: The Lincoln Conspirator Gallows

Discover how science led to proof that a crossbeam of the gallows on which the conspirators were executed in 1865 is the only confirmed piece of the gallows in existence. The crossbeam is in the collection of the Kansas Museum of History.

Gallows crossbeamOn Saturday, February 2, the Kansas Museum of History will be open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. the museum is open 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Other items will be featured in connection with Lincoln: a blood-stained fragment of a Ford's Theatre playbill, an umbrella a supporter held over the president-elect's head in 1861, and a flag carried by the Second Kansas Colored Infantry, which was highlighted in the new motion picture, Lincoln.

At 10 a.m Monday, February 4, Barry Cauchon will conduct a live stream talk for middle and high school students. Find information and links to connect to this 45-minute program.

Barry Cauchon of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and co-author of the upcoming book Inside the Walls: The Final Days of the Lincoln Conspirators will present his research and findings related to this rare piece of U.S. history. Dr. Rachel Goossen, professor of history, Washburn University, will provide a background on the sequence of events that led to Lincoln’s assassination.

Admission to the program is free. Coffee will be available for sale 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, provided by PT's Cafe.

Kansas Humanities Council

This program is funded in part by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization promoting understanding of the history, traditions, and ideas that shape our lives and build community.