For many, the skirmishes between pro- and anti-slavery factions along the Missouri-Kansas border in the 1850s were the beginnings of the Civil War. To explore some of that history, the St. Joseph (Missouri) Museum offers an April 5 motor coach daytrip with respected Civil War guide Ross Marshall narrating a tour of locations with ties to the Civil War.
The day-long trip will include guided tours of the Battle of Lexington Historic Site and the 1853 Oliver Anderson House, which played an important role in the battle and is also an excellent example of the large houses built by prosperous, slave-holding Southerners in Missouri in the 1840s and 1850s. There will also be a stop at the 1847 Lafayette County Courthouse, the oldest courthouse in continuous use west of the Mississippi.
Paid reservations must be received by March 5. For more information, or to make a reservation to join the trip, call (816) 232-8471.