For history lovers, the 1855 Pro-Slavery Convention

History buffs, here’s one for your calendars. The Westport Historical Society’s next Second Saturday speaker will offer details about the 1855 Lexington Pro-Slavery Convention.

At that convention, representatives of 25 Missouri counties met in Lexington, Missouri to discuss numerous actions and resolutions which included the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, reaction against eastern state colonization companies, and interference with slavery.

The speaker will be Timothy C. Westcott, Ph.D., an associate professor of history at Park University. He has presented more than 100 topics related to “Bleeding Kansas,” the Civil War, Robert E. Lee, and on World War I. Westcott is a member board of directors of the Westport Historical Society and the president’s council of the National World War I Museum.


  • Saturday, February 9, 2 p.m.
  • Westport Branch of the Kansas City Public Library
  • Speaker’s reception follows at the Harris House, 40th & Baltimore

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