Discover stories of the settlement of Lawrence and the development of Douglas County in an 1888 building that housed the headquarters of a successful land mortgage and banking business that helped finance settlement of the west.
Group Meeting Room
Wheel Chair Accessible
The Watkins Museum of History is the headquarters of the Douglas County Historical Society. The Museum hosts exhibits and programs exploring the cultural heritage of Douglas County from its settlement in the "Bleeding Kansas" period through the Civil War, reconstruction, westward expansion, and Civil Rights eras. Sharing stories of the people whose ideas and actions shaped Douglas County, the Museum seeks to inspire civic engagement today.
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