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Several events will be presented this weekend as part of the official inauguration of the new historic terminal near the town hall. The marker commemorates three black men who were lynched on the Kansas River Bridge on June 10, 1882. Other events this week include a conference on the rural-urban divide in the United States, an art market, a book sales, outdoor concerts, a Broadway musical and presentations on native and medicinal plants.
• Alongside Friday night’s historic dedication, Brent Campney, a history professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, discusses his book “This is Not Dixie: Racist Violence in Kansas.” The online event begins at 6:30 p.m.; see the Zoom link at https://lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events/627c346fdb121f410085d33a.
• This month’s “Virtual Museum After Hours,” broadcast live at 6:30 p.m., will feature historian Steven Conn and his presentation “The Urban-Rural Divide in American History, or, Why Can’t We Get Along ? Conn will talk about the long-standing political divide between urban and rural residents, the nostalgia for rural life, and the roots of hostility toward our cities. Free and open to the public; register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_86kk2LFwQkma4YEMPZ4Ipw or watch on the Kansas Historical Society YouTube channel.
• A dedication ceremony will be held at 7:00 pm at the new historical marker at the foot of the Kansas River Bridge commemorating the 1882 lynching of Pete Vinegar, Isaac King and George Robertson. Meet in front of City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St. An informal gathering at the men’s approximate burial sites will follow in the Potter’s Field section of Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill Ave.
• B-movie fans can enjoy monsters galore tonight at Virtual Cinema a Go Go, with the double feature ‘Frankenstein’s Daughter’ (1958) and ‘The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy’ (1957). Admission is free but registration is required at https://kansaspublicradio.org/form/virtual-cinema-go-go-sign-form.
• Theater Lawrence’s production of “Hello, Dolly! opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. and runs weekends through June 26 (see schedule at theatrelawrence.com). The popular, award-winning musical depicts the adventures of turn-of-the-century New York matchmaker Dolly Levi and features some of the best-known songs from the Broadway songbook.
• The Art Emergency Outdoor Art Market takes place this morning, 8 am to 12:30 pm, 721 E. Ninth St. This opportunity to view and purchase local art is held the second Saturday of each month.
• The public is invited to the Black Jack Battlefield Final Day of Labor and Project Celebration, 163 East 2000 Rd., Wellsville, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers have been working to restore grasslands at this historic site for two years. Today’s get-together will include refreshments, social time and one more chance to add some prairie plants to the landscape. Please RSVP at https://forms.gle/S2xNPbS8U1V77zzo8.
• The second Saturday Book Sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. (enter from the Kentucky Street side of the building). Books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks are available for $2 or less. View a catalog at https://lplks.org/book-sales/.
• COLLECTORAMA starts at 10 a.m. today and runs until 4 p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2210 Harper St. Records, comics, gaming items and sports memorabilia will be available.
• Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 New Hampshire St., is hosting a forum at 10:30 am on the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Tom Stacy, a law professor and constitutional scholar at the University of Kansas, will lead the discussion.
• Mindful Crafting – Open Craft, 11 a.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St. Connect with others to explore arts and crafts related to health and mindfulness. This week, bring a work in progress or get started with a new project. A few supplies will be available to experiment with.
• Two screenings will take place this afternoon of “Then Three Were Taken”, a new documentary on the lynching of 1882 commemorated this weekend. The film, by Barbara Higgins-Dover, will be screened at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Community Hall of the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St. Screenings are free, but seating is limited and attendance is chargeable, so please register at tinyurl.com/threewertaken. Can’t be there in person? The film will also be broadcast on the museum’s Youtube channel.
• Native Plants and the Human Connection, 3-5 p.m., Lawrence Public Library Lawn, 707 Vermont Street. (The rain location will be in the auditorium.) Come hear a panel discussion on native landscapes in local ecologies and agriculture and other topics. Several practical workshops will follow the conversation. Registration required; see https://lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events/626d5b26a627452f003e5718.
If you are free at 10:30 a.m. this morning, join the Master Gardeners of Douglas County for a tour of the Native Herbal Medicine Garden, 1865 East 1600 Road. (Instructions at https://lawrence.bibliocommons.com/events/6290eb2adb121f41008775dc) The garden, part of the KU Field Station, includes native plants historically used as medicine. The event is free, but the number of participants is limited. register at the link above.
• The theme for tonight’s Lawrence City Band Summer Concert at 8:00 pm South Park, 1141 Massachusetts St. is “Hands Across the Channel”. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the free music. (In case of inclement weather, the concert will take place at the Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive.)
THURSDAY JUNE 16
• Take your lunch break on Massachusetts Street at noon today and listen to Paul Gray’s band outside the US Bank Building, 900 Massachusetts St. (In case of rain, Brown Bag concerts are moved to the Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.)