Course detail: Kansans and the Experience of Civil War, 1861-65

The Bleeding Kansas era of 1854-61 is well remembered, but how did the new state of Kansas fare during the ensuing Civil War? From 1861-65, the border struggle heated up as Kansans fended off Confederate attacks, welcomed the formerly enslaved into their communities, and engaged in bitter political debates. Men of all backgrounds-white, black, and Native American-served in uniform, while women managed farmsteads and formed societies to help the needy. This course will recreate the experiences of Kansans and their frontier communities during this pivotal period of state and national history and explain how the war changed Kansas.

An Osher membership fee of $25 is required to enroll in this class. If you have not paid your membership fee, please click on the blue link below under "course accessibility" to add the membership fee to your shopping cart. Then continue shopping to select your courses and/or events. If you have questions about whether or not you have paid your member fee, please call 785-864-6779.

Instructor Bio: Will Haynes has a doctorate in history from the University of Kansas. He plans, manages, and promotes public programming at the Watkins Museum of History, the headquarters of the Douglas County Historical Society.

Course Accessibility: Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend University of Kansas sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in an event, please email or call 913-897-8530 at least three weeks before the first day of the event.

Course pre-requisites
(required) Osher Membership Fee

 Session Information: OC24316H

Schedule: Every week on Monday, starting on 06/03/24 and ending on 06/17/24
Only 13 days left to register!
Times: 10:00am-12:00pm CDT


Thank you for registering for this Osher hybrid course. If you registered to attend in person, the class will meet at the KU Edwards Campus, 163 Regnier Hall, 12610 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS. If you registered to attend online, you'll receive an email with your zoom link and passcode a week before your class starts. Zoom Course Participation: An individual registration is required for each person in a household, as zoom links are not to be shared.


Name Additional Resources
Will Haynes

Facility Detail

KU Edwards Campus, 163 Regnier Hall, In Person and Online
12610 Quivira Rd
Overland Park, KS 66213

Cancellation Policy

A refund less a $5.00 cancellation fee will be assessed for all cancellations made in writing prior to 7 days before the start of the event. After that time, no refunds will be made.