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Douglas County Historical Society Endowment Fund

Lawrence is a community proud of its past. At the Watkins—where exhibits, programs, and interactive experiences reveal unique, historic, and sometimes surprising stories—people discover why.

Since 1975, the Watkins Museum of History, housed in the 1888 Watkins Bank Building in downtown, has provided programs, educational resources, and exhibits that explore Douglas County’s heritage and connect the past with issues affecting our communities today. The Watkins is rich in resources to help researchers uncover their family history or learn more about the place where they live. Donations to the Watkins ensure community engagement continues to grow.

The Watkins Museum is operated by the Douglas County Historical Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1933, committed to preserving Douglas County heritage and encouraging civic engagement by sharing stories of the people and events that have shaped our communities.

Discover the Real Story—at the Watkins

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