Scavenger Hunt Saturdays!

A great activity for kids up to age 10. Every Saturday at the Watkins is Scavenger Hunt Saturday: Drop by the museum to search for objects around the building and turn in your sheet for a fun prize. A new scavenger hunt will be available every season.


Watkins Building Print Contest!

Enter for a chance to win a piece of Lawrence history! This framed blueprint of the Watkins Building was created by the Historic American Buildings Survey ca. 1960-1975. The framed print measures 27.5" x 21.5". Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. Enter as many times as you'd like. The winner will be drawn […]

Homeschool History I (Ages 5-10)

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS, United States

Join us at the Watkins Museum for classes based on Lawrence and/or Douglas County History. Topics will be explored using hands-on activities, art projects, and will be multi-subject when appropriate. Parents may attend class, or this can be a drop-off program. Students can be enrolled for Tuesday or Friday classes. Time: 10:30-11:30 AM Enrollment: Students may enroll for […]

Online Talk: How Do You Conserve a Cemetery?

Join us on the Watkins Facebook and YouTube as we talk with Lucinda Linderman, Sculpture Conservator with Pacific Coast Conservators, and Kerry Altenbernd of the Oak Hill Cemetery Committee about the do's and don'ts of conserving cemeteries and gravestones for the education and memorialization of ourselves and future generations. This event is a partnership with […]

Lawrence Poetry Fair

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS, United States

The 11th annual Lawrence Poetry Fair will be hosted at the Watkins. Poets and poetry aficionados, lovers of spring and dancing in the rain among flowers, please join us as we celebrate the sweet song of poetry. If you care to share your Voice, please message Ronda Miller of the Kansas Authors Club at [email protected] […]


Walking Tour: Founders of Oak Hill Cemetery

Oak Hill Cemetery 1605 Oak Hill Ave, Lawrence, Kansas

Leslie Beesley of the Oak Hill Cemetery Committee will present her popular walking tour of this Lawrence landmark site and the people responsible for creating it. The tour will begin from the Citizens Monument to the victims of Quantrill's Raid. All ticket proceeds will go toward the committee's work to preserve and beautify Oak Hill. […]

African Americans in Oak Hill Cemetery

Oak Hill Cemetery 1605 Oak Hill Ave, Lawrence, Kansas

Jeanne Klein will lead a walking tour of prominent African Americans buried in old Section 5 at Oak Hill Cemetery. Sites will include civil rights advocates, attorneys, policemen, business owners, church ministers, elementary school teachers, and other occupations. The tour will begin at the Langston’s family plot on the far eastern side of old Section […]

Civil War on the Border

The 29th annual Civil War on the Border series will occur August 23 through 25 in Lawrence. This year's theme is the Civil War in art. We'll have special exhibits, talks with distinguished historians, and bus and walking tours of local historic sites. Check back to this page in early August for ticketing links. Friday, […]