UPDATED: Join Lawrence Central 8/21/13 for a talk on Quantrill’s Raid and the Fate of the Eldridge Hotel Guests
8/18 UPDATE: We’ve been working with the staff of the Eldridge on the event and Exec Sous Chef Nicholas Haxton is planning a special meal for all of the people who decide to have lunch with us on Wednesday. Here’s a snippet of an email from late last week:
“Here is my idea for the buffet. I have in my cookbook collection a book titled The Kansas Home Cook Book and it was printed in 1882 from Leavenworth. One on the great things about it is that it contains authentic recipes from the time period but it also has where the recipe came from. So for the buffet I came up with a menu that is not only historically appropriate, but it also utilizes some recipes from people that actually lived in Lawrence during that time:
Roast chicken served with Mrs. A.M. Jenkins chow chow
Mrs. O.B. Gunn nice muffins (how it’s really listed in the book!)
Kansas prairie salad served with Fannie Woodard dressing
Mrs. G.E. Jones baked sweet corn”
We’ve had a lot of people RSVP and if you plan on coming please try and RSVP by the end of the day Monday 8/19/13 to email@example.com.
Did you know that the Eldridge Hotel where Lawrence Central Rotary holds our weekly meetings was burned and destroyed during Quantrill’s Raid in 1863, but what happened to the guests who were staying there? You may be surprised to learn that most of them escaped harm. Provost Marshall Alexander Banks, a hotel guest, called out to Quantrill to allow guests to leave before the hotel was burned, and they were escorted to the City Hotel for safekeeping during the raid.
At Lawrence Central’s August 21st meeting local historian and author of “Lawrence Survivors of Quantrill’s Raid” Katie Armitage will present a talk about this horrific event and explain what happened to the Eldridge Hotel guests, on the exact one-hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the raid, August 21, 2013.
Please join the Eldridge Hotel and Lawrence Central Rotary for this special event in the Crystal Ballroom of the at noon to approximately 1pm for this special presentation.
We have planned a buffet lunch that includes coffee, tea, or water for those who wish to partake for the cost of $12 (includes, tax and tip.)
If you plan to attend please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org