Civil War on the Border

Douglas County's largest annual commemoration of its heritage returns! The 27th annual Civil War on the Border will have the theme of intersections between natural and cultural history. This four-day festival will include annual favorites like bus and walking tours of local sites and a moving memorial service for the victims of Quantrill's Raid. This […]

Environmental History of the Civil War: Online Talk with Lisa Brady


In recent decades, historians have uncovered compelling evidence that the natural world greatly influenced events during the American Civil War. Dr. Lisa Brady, author of War Upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War, will tell us about Americans' attempts to master the environment and how the war […]

Retaliation during the Civil War: Online Talk with Lorien Foote


Americans in the 19th century believed they were civilized and that war had to be conducted according to principals of restraint and honor. But the extreme violence and bloodshed of the Civil War--including raids, massacres, and prisoners used as human shields--prompted controversy between North and South over forms of retaliation and who deserved protection during […]

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 […]


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 […]


Online Book Talk: Varmints and Victims: Predator Control in the American West

Join us on the Watkins Museum YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter as we chat with historian Frank Van Nuys about his fascinating book, Varmints and Victims: Predator Control in the American West. Varmints and Victims puts the debate over predator control into historical context, tracing the West’s relationship with charismatic predators like grizzlies, wolves, and cougars from […]

Potter’s Field History Harvest

Lawrence Public Library 707 Vermont St.

Share your story at the next History Harvest for the Oak Hill Cemetery Potter's Field Remembrance Project. If you have a story, photograph, document, etc. about the potter’s field or someone buried there and would like to share it, please stop by the Lawrence Public Library's Videocasting Studio on Wednesday, April 5. If you have […]


Online Book Talk: Native Americans After World War I

Drawing from archival sources and oral histories, author Thomas Grillot demonstrates how the relationship between Native American tribes and the United States was reinvented in the years following World War I in his book First Americans: U.S. Patriotism in Indian Country after World War I. During that conflict, twelve thousand Native American soldiers served in […]