Lane University & Territorial Capitol Museum

609 E Woodson Avenue
Lecompton, Kansas 66050
(785) 887-6285   (785) 887-6148

Wednesday - Saturday: 11AM - 4PM
Sunday: 1 - 5PM      donations

Lane University & Territorial Capitol Museum Map

Constitution Hall

Territorial Capitol Museum - Lecompton, Kansas
Facial machine (~1920) - The bands went on the wrists of the operator who then
touched the customer's face
Lane University - Territorial Capitol Museum
Lane University and Territorial Capitol Museum - Lecompton, Kansas

Lecompton, Kansas was one of the seven Kansas Territorial Capitols. Founded in 1854 by pro slavery Missourians, those founders intended for Lecompton to become the state capitol, and the United States Congress authorized funds to build the Capitol Building. But when the Lecompton Constitution was defeated, it was clear that Kansas was not going to enter the Union at that time and the future capital would not be in Lecompton. The unfinished building was used during the battle that took place when James Lane attempted to destroy Lecompton in 1856. 

The shell remained unfinished until 1882 when Lane University (a United Brethren college) completed the structure and moved in. The school continued until 1902 it was united with Campbell University and moved to Holton. During the Lane University period, Dwight D. Eisenhower's parents met and married at the University.

This former capitol building and school is now a community historical museum. Much of the museum is devoted to the 1850s, Lane University and the Eisenhowers. Although viewing everything in the three floors of exhibits could take several hours, most visitors will be satisfied with an hour.

Call in advance to schedule a guided tour of Lane University & the Kansas Territorial Museum.

Kansas Territorial Capital building
 


 

Territorial Capitol Museum quilt room
Quilt Room


Music Room

Dwight D. Eisenhower family memorabilia
Eisenhower memorabilia

Lane University and Territorial Capitol Museum Map - Lecompton, KS
Lane University & Territorial Capitol Museum Map

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