ABOUT THE QSCR
When writing an "About" page, the goal is to to convey everything you are striving to get across. It can describe the straight forward substance of your subject, and, sometimes, the emotion or feeling that can be the foundation on which your subject sits. This "About" conveys both. History needs us now more then ever before. It's future, it's value and significance, is disappearing into the mind frame of it being "too old." The public, as well as some teachers and professors from all levels of education, are burying the Civil War, the American Revolution and great historical periods, into a time capsule with no intention of it ever seeing the light of day again. Across this entire nation, the tears have long ago dried, the blood has soaked into and been turned deep under the soil and battlefields and burial places are now subdivisions surrounded by corporation. As a society and as Americans, we've allowed our past to stagnate. Our past has become almost insignificant and primal. The American Revolution seems to now come just after the neanderthal period.
From it's inception, the purpose of establishing the "Quantrill Special Collections Research" and it's sub collection, the "Quantrill Teachers Resource Collection" is to bring new sources of information into the educational community and broaden the focus on the subject of William Quantrill, his men, the Union forces that fought against him and the citizens that had their lives changed in these events, by introducing deeper exploration of the subject into schools and universities based from the new research given. But now, it has become more than that. The QSCR firmly stands behind our nation's history, good, bad or otherwise, and is passionate about standing it's ground while so much is being dismantled, destroyed and swept under the politically correct carpet. The soldiers and citizens that are featured on this website were those who lived and died in the heart of the battles. They were there when history began to write itself into blank pages as they witnessed events that became landmark, groundbreaking moments that built our country and are as valuable to our nation today as they were when they happened so long ago.
Due to the abundance and wealth of new and staggering information, the era of "Bleeding Kansas" and the abolitionist days of John Brown join the Kansas-Missouri border wars with permanent ties to the state of Arkansas. The QSCR's mission is to fill the gaps and open new pages that were previously unknown and reveal startling revelations of just who is buried in northwest Arkansas and what kind of stories were buried with them! Individuals that galloped through the heat of the flames, faced down an enemy charging directly towards their horse's nose and watched helplessly as their family and neighbors perished in so many ways are all a part of this endeavor. The aim is to educate the state or Arkansas with a revitalization of the Kansas-Missouri border wars and Bleeding Kansas while continuing to see it flourish and grow for future generations. To accomplish this, I have done extensive research to find and collect everything I can to round out the QSCR collection and bring all elements to the forefront in an effort to make the collection as educational and rounded as possible.
One of the great features of the QSCR is the "Quantrill Teachers Resource Collection!" A collection of Civil War teacher's guides are available to assist educators in furthering and translating lesson plans to include the Kansas-Missouri border wars, Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War as it pertains to the northwest Arkansas section of the country. The guides contains curriculums and lesson plans that provide teachers with an endless supply of choices to help adapt overall Civil War lesson plans into making them "border war friendly" for their respective classrooms. For example: instead of just studying Sherman's March to the Sea, create a plan for Sterling Price's raid through Missouri. Or discuss the impact of being Washington county resident, Stinson Stearns, an actual victim of James Lane's 1861 raid on Osceola, Missouri. There are over thirty five teacher's guides in the QTRC!
The QSCR is the very FIRST and ONLY special collections in America based solely on the subject of Quantrill, Bleeding Kansas and the border wars subject available to the public. The research areas covered by the QSCR are the counties of Benton, Washington, Carroll and Madison, with mention of other surrounding counties.
As a nation, a community, a neighborhood, we cannot be selective by picking and choosing the history we want and don't want to acknowledge. You cannot understand things in it's entirety by simply seeing only what you want to see. You can only see the truth by researching, and studying a subject from it's start to finish. By turning it inside out and understanding EVERYthing that made it happen!
Socially, the old phrase, "History is written by the victors", has become more relevant today than ever before. And unfortunately, our ancestors, who fought and bled through the turbulence and unrest in a nation still trying to learn itself, are suffering all over again.
QSCR Founder, Richard L. Stewart