In the Watkins Community Museum of History
The Watkins Museum offers a selection of history books for adults and children, with a particular focus on local history, the Civil War, and the work of local authors. The bookshop is located in the lobby near the main entrance.
Please stop by on your next visit to the Watkins Museum. You may find something to enhance your knowledge of history or a great gift for a history buff.
Selections From the Watkins Museum Bookshop
A History of Lawrence, Kansas: From the First Settlement to the Close of the Rebellion, the Reverend Richard Cordley wrote this history of Lawrence, Kansas in 1895. Thirty-two years had passed since all the years of strife. Now peace had come after all these years. The roots of the conflict were gone. Not only was Kansas a free state, but slavery itself was abolished. Cordley includes much detail gathered from a number of other writers of the time. ($15.00)
Revolutionary Heart: The Live of Clarina Nichols and the Pioneering Crusade for Women’s Rights brings to life the forgotten story of a great American reformer and the turbulent times in which she lived. Clarina Nichols (1810 to 1885) crisscrossed the country as a newspaper publisher, stump speaker, political agitator, and ally of mistreated women everywhere she went. In Revolutionary Heart, author Diane Eickhoff introduces readers to an inspiring figure they won’t forget. ($17.00)
Stunned and grieving survivors stared into their burned-out town on the western frontier in the midst of the Civil War. William C. Quantrill’s Missouri guerillas raided Lawrence, Kansas, on August 21, 183, and killed 180 men and boys. Women had lost husbands, children lost fathers and parents lost sons. Every one of the 2,500 residents lost a loved one, a neighbor, or an acquaintance. A few left towns, but most survivors were determined to remain and remember; not to “wink out.” Newcomers brought industry and innovation. The University of Kansas, 1866, and Haskell Institute, 1884 (now Haskell Indian Nations University), grew into major institutions. In her book, Lawrence Survivors of Quantrill’s Raid, Katie Armitage discusses those individuals that survived the 1863 raid and remained in Lawrence to help build a new city. ($24.00)
Bleeding Kansas: Contested Liberty in the Civil War Erabreaks new ground and demonstrates that the violence of Territorial Kansas forced free soilers to examine their own racial biases. Nicole Etcheson presents a balanced account of the events that created the violence of “Bleeding Kansas.” ($20.00)
“More About Wonderful Old Lawrence” wasElfriede Fischer Rowe’s second collection of articles written about her early days growing up in Lawrence. She writes about electric cars, dancing in Lawrence, the German POW camp and Early Women’s ‘Liberators’. Mrs. Rowe puts a human touch on the history of our city. ($10.00)
”Civil War Kansas: Reaping the Wild Wind” is a reprint and retitling of Albert Castel’s first book, “A Frontier State at War: Kansas, 1861 – 1865.” This book has become the classic of the genre. This history of Kansas during the Civil War era remains a model study that casts light on the troubled history of the Western border. ($18.00)