The Douglas County Historical Society, a non-profit organization established in 1933, preserves the heritage of Douglas County and encourages civic engagement by sharing stories of the people and events that have shaped our communities. Since 1975, the Society has operated the Watkins Community Museum of History. The Watkins Museum, housed in the 1888 Watkins Land Mortgage and National Bank Building, provides educational resources and activities, programs and public events, and changing exhibits that explore the heritage of Douglas County and connect the past with issues that affect our communities today.
Watkins Museum available research resources include: marriage, death, and land records; family history files; photographs; local curch history (includes ethnic groups); Douglas County Schools & Universities; Douglas County Communities & Lawrence Neighborhoods; maps; telephone directories; site files; immigration & early history of the area; weather disasters; are organizations.
April-November - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10-4 | Thursday: 10-8
December-March - Tuesday-Saturday: 10-4
Closed - Sunday, Monday and Holidays
1047 Massachusetts Street
Lawrence, KS 66044