Lawrence Oktoberfest

Abe & Jake's Landing 8 E 6th St., Lawrence, Kansas

Wunderbar! Lawrence Oktoberfest is finally back, and Watkins staff will be on hand with family activities. We'll have coloring, Turner exercises, a sheet of German phrases, a guide to researching German ancestry, exhibit panels about the Lawrence Turnverein, and a root beet stein hoist for kids! Get your tickets at this link.

$10 – $20

Oak Hill Cemetery Annual Fall Clean-Up

Oak Hill Cemetery 1605 Oak Hill Ave, Lawrence, Kansas

On Sunday, October 9 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM you can volunteer to clean up historic Oak Hill Cemetery! Clean-up will focus on removing dead branches, fallen leaves, and other natural debris. Bring gloves and any tools that would be helpful to use. We will provide lawn bags. For more information or to sign up, […]

Class: Introduction to Genealogy

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

Our popular genealogy classes are back! Genealogy expert Alisa Branham will provide clear guidance on how to start and organize your family history research, along with advice on which DNA tests are best for beginners. A handout will be provided, including a list of great how-to books, helpful videos and links to various online resources. […]

$15 – $25

Eerie Evening: Team Trivia Event

VIBE Lawrence 1014 Massachusetts St., Lawrence, Kansas

Spend an eerie evening at VIBE in Downtown Lawrence playing trivia amongst friends! The trivia game will include six rounds of questions ranging from local folklore to general Halloween and Fall knowledge. It will be a fun and frightening time! Teams must be 3-5 people. A cash bar will be available. The $25.00 fee covers […]

$25

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, […]

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!

Class: Census Research for Genealogists

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

Federal and state census records are filled with useful information for genealogists. Understanding how to interpret and analyze these records is a key skill for building your family tree and learning more about the context of your ancestors’ lives. Alisa Branham's class presentation will show various census examples, including the recently released 1950 US Census; […]

$15 – $25

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 […]

Free

Horsing Around Downtown: Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Downtown Lawrence

Announcing the return of this popular holiday event! From December 2-9, look for the famous Watkins Hobby Horses in the windows of businesses in the 700 and 800 blocks of Massachusetts Street. Bring your checklist downtown, write down locations for at least six out of the eight horses, then drop it off at the Watkins […]

Free

Tails & Traditions Holiday Festival

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

The 10th annual Tails & Traditions will feature free fun for your family! Stop by the Watkins, watch the Lawrence Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade, and come in for holiday crafts courtesy of our friends from the Spencer Museum of Art, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, and the Wakarusa […]

Free

Ellie on the Shelf: A Kids’ Scavenger Hunt!

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

Announcing an electrifying holiday game: Bring the kids into the Watkins on December 3, locate the miniature versions of our mascot Ellie the Electric Car on all three floors, and receive a Watkins Museum coloring book. Plus, you'll be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card to The Toy Store! The drawing winner […]

Free

Celebration of William Stafford: Living a Poetic Life

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

The Writers Place invites you to the Watkins for the annual birthday celebration of famed Kansas poet William Stafford. This in-person event will feature original readings by members of the Kansas Authors Club and The Writers Place.

Free

Genealogy + Local History Spotlight

Watkins Museum of History 1047 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS

Due to the success of our January 10 Genealogy + Local History Spotlight, we're hosting another one! Researching your house’s history, delving into genealogy, or exploring Kansas’s storied past? Join us to get acquainted with resources for digging into local and family history. Meet Lawrence Public Library staff at the Watkins Museum for an introduction […]

Free