Archive for Thursday, May 25, 2006

Celebration nears for Black Jack

May 25, 2006

It's almost here. It's almost time for the Battle of Black Jack celebration, set for June 2-3 east of Baldwin City.

It marks the 150th anniversary of the battle, which historians call the first armed skirmish of the Civil War. It culminates years of planning and work, but that work still isn't quite done.

"Things are coming along nicely on the site, but there is still quite a bit to do," said Kerry Altenbernd, a member of the Friends of the Battle of Black Jack board of directors who has led volunteer efforts. "We will be having a final meeting of the sesquicentennial committee on site Thursday at 4 p.m. to look over the area and figure out what still needs to be done before the event."

He knows at least some of what that will mean.

"On Saturday, we will be mowing grass, cutting weeds, mulching the areas where the entertainment and food tents will be and whatever else needs to be done," said Altenberd. "We will also be working during the week next week to get everything finished. This will include a final mowing of the battlefield and the area around the house, putting up the tents, setting signs and whatever else."

Volunteers are needed between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

A special edition on the Black Jack celebration is in this week's Signal, which includes all information regarding events.

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