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 […]


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, United States

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 […]


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, […]


Grand Opening of the KRAMER Family Research Room

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

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, United States

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, United States

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

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 […]


Tails & Traditions Holiday Festival

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

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 […]


Ellie on the Shelf: A Kids’ Scavenger Hunt!

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

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 […]