'Price’s March of 1864' presented by Westport Historical Society

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Westport Historical Society will host a performance of “Price’s March of 1864” by the Baker University Speech Choir on Wednesday, March 13, at 7:00 PM. This dramatic presentation, part of the Shared Stories of the Civil War series, will recall the lives and events in the tumult of the Civil War in Missouri and Kansas. The event will include an audience discussion led by Dr. Diane Mutti-Burke, associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program at the historic 1855 Harris Kearney House Museum in the historic Westport District, 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, Missouri.

Contact the Westport Historical Society at 816 561-1821 or 816 377-4966 for more information. This program is made possible by Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, Kansas Humanities Council, and the Westport Historical Society.

By the autumn of 1864, the Civil War had raged for four years, and the presidential election was looming. To turn public perception against Lincoln and bolster the Southern cause, Confederate General Sterling Price led a campaign to rally Missouri to the Confederate cause. Price’s Raid of 1864 cut a swath of havoc across his home state, plundering Union arsenals and recruiting volunteers into the Confederate army.

“Price’s March of 1864” is part of the Shared Stories of the Civil War, a collection of readers’ theater scripts created from historical letters, diaries, newspaper articles, and other period archival sources. The scripts explore the events—the shared stories—that occurred in Missouri and Kansas during the Border War and the Civil War.

The Baker University Speech Choir is an innovative student organization that performs and interprets scripts, letters, or poetry in ways that help the writers’ works come alive to today’s listeners.

Shared Stories of the Civil War is a partnership between Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) and the Kansas Humanities Council (KHC). FFNHA is a partnership of 41 counties in eastern Kansas and western Missouri dedicated to connecting the stories of settlement, the Border War, and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom in this area. KHC is a nonprofit organization promoting understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives and strengthen our sense of community. For more information, visit www.freedomsfrontier.org or www.kansashumanities.org.

For more information about “Price’s March of 1864” at the Westport Historical Society, contact 816 561-1821 or 816 377-4966 or visit www.westporthistorical.com.

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