Tiny Tours

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

The Watkins Museum announces a fun filled year of history, stories and activities for preschool ages 3-5! Tiny Tours will be held at the museum every second Thursday of the month starting September 8th from 10:30-11:30. Our first topic will be Clothing! Why Do We Need It? Future topics include What’s a Uniform?, Spilt Milk, […]

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Book Talk: Celebrating Kansas Breweries

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

After a year of traveling and visiting every brewery in Kansas, Michael Travis has written a book that captures the heartbeat and story behind the owners and head brewers who make the magic happen. Join us in-person at the Watkins Museum on Thursday, September 8, as Michael introduces his new book, Celebrating Kansas Breweries: People, […]

Watkins 3rd Floor Grand Opening!

After eight years of planning and installation, our third floor permanent exhibit will finally be unveiled! Drop by between 10 AM-4 PM Saturday and 1-4 PM Sunday to experience artifacts, images, and videos telling amazing stories from Lawrence history. Check out new areas on the third floor including: Molding Minds, Making Memories: The Universities of […]

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Swimming Pool Historical Marker Dedication

Lawrence Aquatic Center 727 Kentucky St., Lawrence, Kansas

Prior to 1969, Lawrence, Kansas, did not have an integrated public swimming pool. The only option that non-white residents had was to swim in the Kansas River, which was dangerous and proved deadly for a number of unfortunate individuals. There was a concerted effort throughout the decade of the 1960s to get the City of […]

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The February Sisters: Remembering & Moving Forward

In February 1972, they took a stand. By occupying a KU building and demanding gender equity in policies that affected women students, faculty, and staff on campus, the courageous February Sisters spurred change locally and nationally.   Join us 50 years later as Christine Smith and Kathryn Tuttle recreate these events with special readings, discuss the February […]

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The Dracula Daily

Lawrence Public Library 707 Vermont St.

The Watkins is partnering with the Lawrence Public Library on a frightfully fascinating event! In 2020, Matt Kirkland of Lawrence started a blog called The Dracula Daily, in which bite-sized (get it?) chunks of Bram Stoker's Dracula were delivered to your inbox to digest over the course of six months. Today it's an internet sensation, […]

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Homeschool Lesson

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

Looking for a fun event for your homeschool child? The Watkins Museum shares Lawrence history with homeschool students ages 5-12 every month throughout the school year. Each lesson studies a topic based on Lawrence and/or Douglas County History while spending time in the galleries and using artifacts to learn about past citizens and events. Lessons […]

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Homeschool Lesson

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

Looking for a fun event for your homeschool child? The Watkins Museum shares Lawrence history with homeschool students ages 5-12 every month throughout the school year. Each lesson studies a topic based on Lawrence and/or Douglas County History while spending time in the galleries and using artifacts to learn about past citizens and events. Lessons […]

Free

Grand Opening of the KRAMER Family Research Room

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

After 7 months of renovation, the Watkins Museum will officially debut the newly completed KRAMER Family Research Room with a public opening on October 29 at 2:30 PM. After a short presentation in the Community Room, the public will be invited to tour the newly finished space on the museum’s second floor. As always, admission […]

Halloween at the Watkins!

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

Bring the kids to the Watkins Museum during downtown trick-or-treating for candy and a ghostly scavenger hunt for prizes!

Potter’s Field History Harvest

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

Come learn about the Oak Hill Cemetery Potter's Field and the Remembrance Project, ask questions, and take part in "history harvests" to help memorialize all those buried there. Following a presentation from Dr. Blair Schneider (Kansas Geological Survey) and Caleb Latas (Project Director) about the history and use of the potter's field, take part in the […]

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