Summer Tour

Go back in time as you learn about the struggle for freedom and civil rights in the state of Kansas during the 1850s and 1950s.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
7:00 am – 8:45 pm
Tour starts at west Omaha location
$117 per person

Price includes coach transportation, driver gratuity, admissions, and lunch

Tour reservation deadline May 26, 2024

Highlights: Davis Memorial - Territorial Capital Museum - Bleeding Kansas reenactment - Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park

This morning we travel to Topeka and Lecompton, Kansas. Both communities were instrumental in the struggle to end slavery in the 1850s and the fight for civil rights in the early 1950s. En route to Lecompton, we will make quick stop at the Davis Memorial in Hiawatha, Kansas. John Milburn Davis was a wealthy farmer who decided to place life size marble statues of himself and his wife during their various wedding anniversaries. Visitors to the grave get to see how the two aged over the years via statues. Since the 1930s the memorial has been the number one attraction in the area.

Our next destination is Lecompton, the former territorial capital of Kansas. After a homecooked lunch at the United Methodist Church, we will experience a play titled “Bleeding Kansas” which makes history come alive with 1850s reenactors debating the slavery issue in a Kansas town hall meeting. This one hour play takes you back in time when Kansas was fighting and bleeding over the issue of being a pro slavery or free state. After the performance, learn more about the Civil War in Kansas with a tour of the Territorial Capital Museum.

Later we tour the Brown v. Board of Education National Historical Park in Topeka, Kanas. In 1954 the United States Supreme Court ruled “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal”. From the decision “Does segregation of children in public schools solely on the basis of race, even though the physical facilities and other “tangible” factors may be equal, deprive the children of the minority group of equal educational opportunities? We believe that it does.” We will tour the Monroe Elementary School, one of four segregated elementary schools for African American children in Topeka.  The school contains historical displays about the ruling and the civil rights movement.

Our journey back to Omaha includes a fast food dinner on your own in Nebraska City.

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