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Banded Ware Dishes from Constitutional Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321

Banded Ware Dishes from Constitutional Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1930
Shown are examples of banded ware or annualarware decorated dishes. They were recovered from Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. The building was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation.


Children's Scissors from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Children's Scissors from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1856-1986
This pair of right-handed children's scissors was recovered from Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. Children's scissors have several safety features such as blunt tips, a blade that is shorter and less sharp, and a smaller size to fit little fingers. The building, named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution, is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace the building's construction history prior to renovation.


Clay Pipe Fragments from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Clay Pipe Fragments from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1856-1900
These pipe stem and bowl fragments were recovered from Constitution Hall in Lecompton. Different colored clays were used to make the pipes. One pipe bowl had a red glaze applied before firing. Constitution Hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historical Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation. The Hall was designated a National Historical Landmark and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution.


Compact Lid from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Compact Lid from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1900-1970
This compact lid was recovered during excavations at Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. Compacts, also called a powder box or case, often had a mirror in the lid. The building was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation.


Consolidated Fruit Jar Company Canning Lid Liner from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Consolidated Fruit Jar Company Canning Lid Liner from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1878-1882
This canning lid liner advertises the Consolidated Fruit Jar Company, of New York, was recovered from Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. The company's initials, C F J C, are intertwined in the center with a diamond shape. The diamond dates the liner's manufacture to 1878-1882. However, the Consolidated Fruit Jar Company did not manufacture the line, instead they required the glass makers they supported to use the trademark. The reverse side has a "D" mark. Constitution Hall was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace the building's construction history prior to renovation.


Constitution Hall

Constitution Hall
Date: Possibly between 1857 and 1900
This is a view of Constitution Hall in Lecompton, Kansas. This building was where pro-slavery delegates to the Constitutional Convention debated the divisive issue of slavery in Kansas. It is administered as a state historic site by the Kansas Historical Society. Lecompton Constitution Hall was added to the National Register of Historic places in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas

Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas
Date: Undated
This photograph is a representation of Constitution Hall in Lecompton, Kansas. Lecompton Constitution Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas

Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas
Date: 1908
This building served as the seat of the Kansas Territorial government in 1857 and 1858. The second territorial legislature met here in 1857. The constitutional convention that drafted the Lecompton Constitution also met here. At the time this photo was taken, the building served as the meeting hall for the International Order of Odd Fellows. Lecompton Constitution Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas

Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas
Date: Undated
This photograph represents a sketch from the Kansas State Historical Society publications of the foundation of the capitol building at Lecompton. In 1856, Congress gave $50,000 in financial support to build the capitol which later became part of Lane University and later a high school. Lecompton Constitution Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas

Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas
Date: 1908-1955
This series of photographs represent different views of Constitution Hall in Lecompton, Kansas from 1908 through 1955. Several of the photographs were used by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.). Lecompton Constitution Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas

Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: 1957
This is a view of Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas. In 1857, proslavery delegates gathered at the hall and wrote a constitution, which would have brought Kansas into the Union as a slave-holding state. On August 2, 1858, after several attempts to pass the constitution, it was decisively voted down. The building is a state historic site and maintained by the Kansas State Historical Society. Lecompton Constitution Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas

Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas
Date: 1939
A photograph of Constitution Hall in Lecompton, Kansas. In January 1857, the second territorial legislative assembly met on the upper floor of this building. The Kansas Legislature approved the state to operate Constitution Hall State Historic Site in 1986. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas

Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas
Date: 1957
These photographs represent individual views of Constitution Hall in Lecompton, Kansas in 1957. The photographs were taken by staff of the Kansas Historical Society. Lecompton Constitution Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas

Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas
Date: 1852
This photograph represents an illustration of the State-House, more commonly known as Constiution Hall, in Lecompton, Kansas from Henry Howe's "Historical Collections of the Great West". Lecompton Constitution Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Place in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas

Constitution Hall, Lecompton, Kansas
Date: 1887
This photograph represents an illustration from "The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine", Volume 34, page 369 of Constitution Hall in Lecompton, Kansas. Lecompton Constitution Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, and as a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Constitution Hall in Lecompton, Kansas

Constitution Hall in Lecompton, Kansas
Date: 1955
Two photographs of Constitution Hall in Lecompton, Kansas. In January 1857 the second territorial legislative assembly met on the upper floor of this building. The Kansas Legislature approved the state to operate Constitution Hall State Historic Site in 1986. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1974.


Dish Sherds with Maker's Marks from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Dish Sherds with Maker's Marks from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1881-1885
These two base sherds were recovered during excavations at Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. The sherd on the left has advertising, "SON & HULM/RICHARD ALCO/EM, ENGLA," for the pottery of Richard Alcock of Burslem, England, subsequently know as Wilkinson and Hulme. The sherd on the right has advertising, "WILK/LATE/BUR," for the pottery of Arthur J. Wilkinson, previously known as Wilkinson and Hulme and Richard Alcock. It would seem potters in Burslem, England, had close ties! Constitution Hall was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace the building's construction history prior to renovation.


Dish Sherds with Maker's Marks from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Dish Sherds with Maker's Marks from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1861-1967
These five dish sherds all have portions of maker's marks still visible on the base. The top left sherd advertises the T. & R. BOOTE'S pottery of Burslem, England, in operation from 1872 to 1876. The top right sherd advertises the Bridgewood and Son pottery of Longton, England, in operation since 1885. The bottom left sherd displays the partial mark of Thomas Hughes and Son, Ltd, of Longport, England, in a style used from 1930 to 1935. The bottom center sherd was manufactured by the J. and E. Mayer Potteries of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, in operation from 1881 to 1964. The bottom right sherd bears the maker's mark of the George Jones pottery of Stoke, England, used between 1861 and 1967. These five shreds were recovered at Constitution Hall, in Lecompton, constructed in 1855 and functioning in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace the building's construction history prior to renovation.


Dishes from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Dishes from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1970
These tea cup and dish sherds were recovered from excavations at Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. A wide variety of patterns were recovered from the site including glass dish sherds with swirled patterns and whiteware dish sherds with solid colors, hand painted, and decorated by transfer printing, called transferware. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation.


Dishes from Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321

Dishes from Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1930
These dish sherds are just a few of the many recovered from Constitution Hall, in Lecompton. The sherds shown here all have floral patterns made by hand painting or transferware. Some have additional molded decoration or gold trim. The building was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation.


Dishes from the Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321

Dishes from the Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1950
These dish sherds were collected during excavations at Constitution Hall. A wide variety of patterns were recovered from the site including dish sherds that were decorated by transfer printing, called transferware, decorated by sponging with color, called spongeware and decorated by hand painting. The site served as the seat of the Kansas Territorial government in 1857 and 1858. The constitutional convention that drafted the Lecompton Constitution also met here. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace the building's construction history prior to renovation.


Doll Fragments from Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321

Doll Fragments from Constitution Hall State Historic Site, 14DO321
Date: 1856-1920
There were some sad children at Constitution Hall in Lecompton when their porcelain dolls were broken. The lower face, leg, and two arms with hands were once part of at least two different dolls. The smallest arm was moveable and the leg had a tie-on attachment style. All of the pieces were recovered in the summer and fall of 1988 when Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation. Constitution Hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. The Hall was designated a National Historical Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution.


Excavations at Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Excavations at Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1988
In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at Constitution Hall in Lecompton, trying to trace the building's construction history prior to renovation. Shown in these photographs are an excavation unit with many artifacts exposed, a turn of the century sidewalk exposed, archeologists uncovering footing for a staircase, an early well, and the interior of the building during excavation after the removal of the floor boards. Constitution Hall was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution. The building is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles.


Excelsior Watch Tin from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Excelsior Watch Tin from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1885-1929
This small tin once held parts for an Excelsior watch. The bottom of the tin is incised with "EXCELSIOR WATCH MATERIALS." The watch was manufactured by the New York Standard Watch Company of Jersey City, New Jersey and was recovered from Constitution Hall in Lecompton during excavations in 1988 by Kansas Historical archeologists and crew members.


Glasgow Ironstone China Maker's Mark from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Glasgow Ironstone China Maker's Mark from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1863-1900
The base of this dish fragment shows the maker's mark from the Glasgow Pottery Co. of Trenton, New Jersey. The mark was typical circa 1884. The dish was recovered from Constitution Hall in Lecompton. The building was named a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In the summer and fall of 1988 Kansas Historic Society archeologists excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation.


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