Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Douglas County Historical Society

  • Lawrence, KS
  • www.watkinsmuseum.org

Mission Statement

The Douglas County Historical Society preserves the heritage of Douglas County and encourages civic engagement by sharing stories of the people and events that have shaped our communities.

Main Programs

  1. Watkins Museum of History
Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

Serves Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas as well as the Kansas City region through participation in the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

ruling year

1971

Executive Director since 2011

Self-reported

Mr. Steven Nowak

Keywords

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Genealogy, History, Quantrill,Civil War, Basketball, James Naismith

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EIN

48-0777475

Also Known As

Watkins Museum of History

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Program 1

Watkins Museum of History

We operate the local history museum for Lawrence and Douglas County, KS, housed in an 1888 bank building that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Public programs, changing exhibitions, tours, and school programs serve 15,000 visitors annually. A permanent exhibit explores the county's antislavery struggle and Civil War history, including William Quantrill's 1863 guerrilla raid that destroyed downtown Lawrence. The exhibit also tells the story of the community's rise from the ashes of that attack, its growth in the post-Civil War years, and its struggles to face the challenges of discrimination, segregation, and anti-war violence during the civil rights and Vietnam War eras.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

Budget

$300,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Kansas

Serves Lawrence and Douglas County, Kansas as well as the Kansas City region through participation in the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

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DOUGLAS COUNH HISTORICAL SOCIEW
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Douglas County Historical Society

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Executive Director

Mr. Steven Nowak

BIO

Steve Nowak, Executive Director of the Douglas County Historical Society began work at the Watkins Museum in March 2011. Prior to this he worked at the Toledo Museum of Art for 22 years, serving in a variety of roles, most recently as director of education and community outreach and a curatorial consultant in decorative arts. In that role, he managed the museum's educational and community outreach branch and was responsible for the development of public programs, school tours, classes, educator resources, and outreach efforts. He has experience developing exhibitions, at the Watkins Museum, in Toledo, and as an independent consultant. A native of St. Louis, he graduated from Washington University with a degree in art history and studied American studies and material culture at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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BOARD CHAIR

David Ambler

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