January 29: John Brown and Lane, Kansas, subject of 86th Annual FCHS Meeting presentation

Foreground: Portrait of John Brown showing a man was graying hair, sharp facial features, a white shirt with collar, and dark jacket. Background: historic map showing Franklin County in the center.

John Brown and Lane, Kansas
presented by Grady Atwater

86th Annual Meeting of the Members of the Franklin County Historical Society 

Sunday, January 29, 2023, 2 p.m.

In person: FCHS Archives & Research Center, 2011 E Logan St, Ottawa, KS
Online: Zoom and Facebook Live


Handouts for this program:

Annual Meeting program


Kansas-Missouri Border Map

John Brown in Kansas Territory Map


The Pottawatomie Massacre was over in a matter of hours, but it effects rippled throughout the world. Grady Atwater, site administrator for the John Brown Museum State Historic Site in Osawatomie, Kansas, will present the story of John’s 1856 raid against proslavery settlers near Lane, Kansas, and establish its national and international historic importance.

Grady’s presentation is part of the 86th Annual Meeting of the Members of the Franklin County Historical Society. The meeting will open at 2 p.m. with a review of 2022 and preview of 2023, with a short intermission before our featured speaker’s presentation, which will begin at 2:30 pm.

The January 29 program will be the historical society’s first hybrid program! Guests can attend in person at the FCHS Archives & Research Center, 2011 East Logan Street, in Ottawa, Kansas. Online attendees can participate via Zoom (registration required) or Facebook Live (no registration required). The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Diana Staresinic-Deane at director@olddepotmuseum.org or (785) 242-1232.

Image: John Brown, circa 1856-1858. Background taken from MacLean & Lawrence’s Sectional Map of Kansas Territory, 1857.

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