Watkins Community Museum of History - Lawrence, Kansas
Although the Watkins Community Museum of History is located on a busy corner in downtown Lawrence, Kansas, I passed it well over 100 times without knowing it was there. At that time, there were no signs on the museum building indicating there is a museum. An oversight that has since been corrected.
Watkins Community Museum of History, created by the Douglas County Historical Society, is worth visiting. It does a better job than most local historical museums of putting its exhibits in context and explaining local history. Two of the more interesting exhibits tell the stories of former Lawrence residents: Langston Hughes and Dr. John Naismith.
The building itself is also interesting. It was commissioned by Lawrence financier Jabez Bunting (J.B.) Watkins to house the Land Mortgage Company & Watkins National Bank, and constructed between 1885 & 1888.
The Watkins Community Museum of History hosts lectures and special events. Visit the museum's website or call (785) 841-4109 for details
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