Core Exhibit

The Watkins Museum of History’s core exhibit, which opened on the second floor in 2013, focuses on Douglas County’s free-state struggle and its Civil War history, including William Quantrill’s devastating 1863 raid on Lawrence. The exhibit explores how Lawrence rose from the ashes of that attack and, in more recent times, called on its early values to face the challenges of an enduring struggle for freedom, particularly during the civil rights era and anti-Vietnam War conflicts.

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