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Ammunition from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Ammunition from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1856-1870
These bullets were recovered during excavations at Constitution Hall in Lecompton. The ammunition consisted of a bullet (shown here) and gunpowder wrapped in a paper tube. The two larger bullets were used in 0.53 caliber bullets and the others in 0.37 caliber bullets. 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 building was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles.


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.


Beads from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Beads from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1980
These glass, wood, and plastic beads in assorted shapes and colors were recovered during excavations at Constitution Hall in Lecompton. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. 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.


Bottle Bases with Pontil Scars from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Bottle Bases with Pontil Scars from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1919
These bottle bases were recovered during excavations at Constitution Hall in Lecompton. Each base shows a pontil scar, also called a ring pontil, that indicates the bottle was made using a blow pipe. This type of scar is common from the 1750s through the 1910s, though their frequency began to decline with the advent of bottle making machines in the 1880s. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. Constitution Hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution.


Bottle Fragment and Cork from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Bottle Fragment and Cork from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1930
This unusual shaped bottle rim and neck with its cork closure present was recovered from Constitution Hall in Lecompton. The funnel-shaped bottle may have once contained pharmaceuticals. Corks were a popular closure type into the early twentieth century. 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 construction history prior to renovation.


Brass Buttons from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Brass Buttons from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1856-1920
These brass buttons were recovered during excavations in 1988 at Constitution Hall, in Lecompton, by Kansas Historical Society archeologists and crew. Three of the buttons are decorated in floral or linear patterns. The fourth button is a representation of Yum-Yum from Gilbert and Sullivan's 1885 opera The Mikado. Constitution Hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. Constitution Hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution.


Bullet from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Bullet from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1856-1870
This spent and smashed bullet was recovered during excavations at Constitution Hall in Lecompton. This lead bullet would have been crimped into place at the top of the ammunition casing. Exterior grease grooves are visible on the mangled bullet. 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 building was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In 1988 and 1990 Kansas Historic Society archeologists and crew excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation.


Buttons from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Buttons from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1856-1940
These five buttons were collected during an excavation in 1988 by Kansas Historical Society archeologists and crew members at Constitution Hall in Lecompton. Shown are dome and cone shaped buttons, a diamond shaped button, and decorated hard rubber buttons (one with a lucky four-leaf clover). 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 building was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. In 1988 and 1990 Kansas Historic Society archeologists and crew excavated at the site, trying to trace construction history prior to renovation.


Buttons from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Buttons from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1856-1986
These china buttons, all with assorted colors around and on their edges, were recovered during excavations at Constitution Hall. The Hall, in Lecompton, was designated a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution and is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The building 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.


Buttons from Constiution Hall, 14DO321

Buttons from Constiution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1856-1986
These buttons were recovered during an excavation in 1988 by Kansas Historical Society archeologists and crew members at Constitution Hall in Lecompton. Shown are recessed 4-hole sew through buttons, black and white china calico button in a daisy pattern and a plant pattern, 2-hole and 4-hole sew through buttons, and shank buttons. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. Constitution Hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution.


Caps, Seals, and Closures from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Caps, Seals, and Closures from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1855-1950
These bottle closures were recovered during excavations at Constitution Hall in Lecompton. Shown are two lead seals (the larger has molded lettering), a foil cap (advertising Riker's), and foil cap liners. The hall was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles. Constitution Hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historical Landmark for its role in the 1857 Lecompton Constitution.


Center-bar Buttons from Constitution Hall, 14DO321

Center-bar Buttons from Constitution Hall, 14DO321
Date: 1856-1920
These buttons were recovered during excavations at Constitution Hall in Lecompton. Center-bar buttons are named for the bar that crosses the center of the button for attachment purposes. 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 building was constructed in 1855 and functioned in a variety of different roles.


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 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.


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, 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: 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.


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