Explore Online

Engage with Douglas County history anytime, anywhere! The Watkins Museum offers a wide range of free, digital content including past programs, blogs, and more. Stay up to date by following the Watkins Museum’s social media on our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube pages.

Graphic Novel: The Rescue of John Doy

The exciting true story of the rescue of abolitionist John Doy in 1859. Adapted by Cherrie Preut from The Narrative of John Doy and illustrated by Maya Amen. (We recommend reading the document in full-screen mode to avoid ads.)

Time Capsule with the Watkins Museum

Travel back in time with KLWN’s Joel Becker and the Watkins Museum’s Natalie Vondrak as they explore the history of Douglas County and share the stories of the people and events that have helped shape our community.

The show airs every first Tuesday of the month during Radio for Grownups around 10:10 AM on FM 101.7 or AM 1320 KLWN. Listen LIVE or listen to past episodes.

The Museum Minute

A video series that explores the Watkins Museum through different perspectives! In each video, a board or museum member shares a one minute story about their favorite artifact or exhibit on display in the museum.


Learn more about Douglas County history by reading the Watkins Museum Blog! Check back each quarter to read the latest story on the people and events that shaped our community.

May 30, 2024 | by Will Haynes

2023 Annual Report

The year was one of tremendous growth for the Watkins in fundraising, partnerships, and impact on our community. Read…

Lectures & Programs

The Watkins offers a range of in-person and virtual programming. Visit the Watkins Museum calendar to see a full list of upcoming lectures and events, or participate in past programs by clicking the link below or A selection of past in-person and past programming can be found on the Watkins Museum Youtube page including: