Visitors to the Lexington Community Fair can add some extra fun and education to their trip with a visit to Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. During the fair, the site will be offering a program on the Missouri-Kansas border war Aug. 23 and a stargazing event on Aug. 25. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, both events are free and open to the public.

At 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, historian Barbara Hughes will present a program on the border war between Kansas and Missouri before the Civil War. Hughes will portray William Quantrill’s mother and give her reaction to the events of that time. The program will be held on the north side of the site’s Anderson House. In case of rain, it will be held in the visitor center.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, the Kansas City Astronomical Society will present a stargazing program on the battlefield. A slide show will be held in the visitor center at 7:30 p.m. with telescopes set up on the battlefield for viewing the sky between 8 and 10 p.m.

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located at 1101 Delaware St. in Lexington. For more information, contact the site at 660-259-4654. For information about state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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