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Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War

Guided tour — Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

Grades — 5th-8th

Civil WarThis tour introduces students to the action in Kansas during the Territorial Era (1854-1861) and the roles that Kansans played during the Civil War.  A museum docent leads students through the Territorial Kansas and Civil War sections of the permanent gallery, providing stories and insight about the people who lived in Kansas during these turbulent years and the objects on display.  Students then go to the museum classroom to inspect reproduction artifacts and determine which Kansas residents of the time period would have used them.

Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards

Standard #3: Societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas, and diversity

  • 3.1: The student will recognize and evaluate significant beliefs, contributions, and ideas of the many diverse peoples and groups and their impact on individuals, communities, states, and nations.

Kansas College and Career Ready Standards

  • SL.7.1: The students will engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • SL.7.2: The student will analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g. visually, quantitatively, orally (and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study).

Cost per student including museum admission: $3.00 One adult enters free for every 10 students. Additional adults pay the student rate.

Length of tour:

Approximately one hour, tours need to be staggered in half hour increments (e.g., beginning at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., etc.)

Number of students in a group:

For the best experience, we recommend approximately 20 students per tour.

Registration and scheduling: register online, or contact Education at 785-272-8681, ext. 415; email education@kshs.org.  Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Additional resources which will complement this tour:

 Read Kansas! lessons

Educational resource trunks:

Bus GrantsThrough a partnership with the National Park Service at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, schools within 75 miles of Topeka are eligible for bus grants to offset the cost of this tour and field trips to Brown v. Board as well as other Topeka locations focusing on the enduring struggle for freedom. For more information regarding the bus grants, contact the education specialist at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site at 785-354-4273.

Bus transportation for USD 501 schools: The Topeka Metro System is offering free rides for classroom field trips along fixed-route buses for schools in USD 501 during the 2013-2014 school year.  This offer includes students, teachers and parents.

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