Many Lawrence residents don’t realize that North Lawrence has a vibrant and diverse history of its own. Images in a new Watkins Museum exhibit embody that history.
The Watkins Museum of History’s public research room is currently under renovation, but the plans are expanding even more with an additional $100,000 grant.
When Kevin Willmott was in fifth grade, a comic book gave him his first lesson in Black history. Seeing those lessons entwined with entertainment that way helped the Oscar winner make the connection of sharing history with others through storytelling.
The Watkins Museum of History will soon host an exhibit, “Confronting the Past: The Douglas County Community Remembrance Project,” telling the stories of three Black men lynched in Lawrence in 1882 and their memorialization.
Lawrence historians and preservationists will soon host a dedication of interpretive panels installed at Grover Barn, which served as a stop along the Underground Railroad.
Exploring the Watkins Museum exhibit, Mike Silverman said, brought back memories of the “thousands of people in Lawrence and throughout Kansas” who fought for LGBTQ+ civil rights and made meaningful change.
In her new book, “Constructing the Outbreak: Epidemics in Media and Collective Memory,” Dr. Katherine A. Foss uses 1918 Lawrence as a case study in the role of media and how popular narratives form around major diseases.
As we head into Halloweekend, Lawrence offers plenty of ways to celebrate Halloween, from concerts and culture to contests and candy.
Next week, 17 KU and Lawrence-based groups will come together for a series titled 51 Years OUT! to celebrate more than half a century of local LGBTQ+ pride.
A fun online quiz from the Watkins Museum of History will help you answer a question you might not have asked yourself before: Which Free Stater do you most resemble?
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