The Tragic Prelude

Explore life on the Kansas/Missouri border during the Border and Civil Wars including the military, Jayhawkers, Bushwhackers and civilians caught in the middle.

Age/Grade Level Recommendation

Grades 3-8

Curriculum Concepts

This program is designed to meet curriculum standards for both Kansas and Missouri schools including economics, history, writing and social studies standards.  View a complete list of Kansas and Missouri standards for this program.

Hands-On Activities

This program is typically split into four different educational activities with students rotating between the stations.  Activities can include but are not limited to:

  • Civil War artilery drilling
  • Write letters "home" with a real ink pen
  • Camp like a Civil War soilder
  • Stagecoach ride


"The artillery and stagecoach made the greatest impression on our students!" 5th grade teacher