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Lawrence 1970s Project

8/1/23 @ 7:00 pm 12/31/23 @ 8:30 pm

Since 2020, the Watkins Museum has hosted a series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1970s. Events related to the 1970s will be hosted throughout the city until 2029. These celebrations pay tribute to these important anniversaries, provide context by linking history to current community issues, and encourage people to share their memories of this significant decade in Lawrence’s history.

Upcoming Events

Tiny Tours: Flower Power: 1970s Fashion

January 11 @ 10:30-11:30 AM

Each month throughout the school year, the Watkins Museum’s education team offers interactive hands-on activities based on Lawrence history for children ages 3-5 who have not entered school. Tours include story time, videos, time in the galleries, handling artifacts, arts, crafts, and games depending on the month’s topic. Children must be accompanied by an adult during Tiny Tours. There is no cost for these activities, but donations for supplies are appreciated.

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM

Enrollment: Students may enroll for the entire school year, or they may enroll monthly. You must be enrolled 48 hours prior to the event. (This is a change from last year.)

Cost: FREE

Share your 1970s story!

The 1970s were a pivotal moment for civil rights and cultural achievements in Lawrence. From integrating a swimming pool to establishing an arts center and community theater, the decade marked many significant milestones. Participate in the 1970s Project by sharing your story using the link below!

Current Exhibits

Past Events


February 24: Celebration of From Then to Now: A Student History of Haskell Indian Nations University

April 22: Lawrence Earth Day Fair

April 29:  Swimming in Change: Desegregating Lawrence’s Public Swimming Pool

June 30: Celebrate 70s Lawrence: Three Short Films from a Groovy Time

August 24: Postwar Journeys: Discussing the Vietnam War’s Aftermath. Purchase Hang Le-Tormala’s book, American and Vietnamese Transnational Peace Efforts since 1975, for 30% off using this code: 24JOURNEYS


August 26: The Willow in Lawrence: A 45-Year History

September 11: Public Dedication of Desegregated Swimming Pool Marker

September 23: The February Sisters: Remembering & Moving Forward

December: Opening of From Then to Now: A Student History of Haskell Indian Nations University


October 18-22: 51 Years OUT! Celebrating Gay and Lesbian History at KU and Lawrence


January 18: Celebration of William Stafford: Living a Poetic Life

January 31: To Tell Our Stories: The Clinton Lake Communities

February 9: Remembering Rick “Tiger” Dowdell

February 10: Black History Matters Doc & Discuss

February 28: Opening Doors: Accessibility in Lawrence

April 22: Earth Day 50th Anniversary Party