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Art Tougeau Parade in Downtown Lawrence Kansas

Encountering John Brown Video Tour

eXplore Lawrence vlogger Matty D explores the new traveling exhibit, Encountering John Brown, at the Watkins Museum of History in Downtown Lawrence, KS. The exhibit shares the story of free state abolitionist John Brown through the eyes of those who knew him. The Watkins Museum's own Natalie Vondrak…

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It wasn’t called Bleeding Kansas for nothing

Everyday we hear about civil wars and conflicts in different parts of the world that can seem far removed from our everyday lives. But there was a time when Kansas was at the center of a bitter and oftentimes brutal struggle between abolitionists and pro-slavery supporters. It wasn’t called…

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Explore Lawrence Block-by-Block

eXplore Lawrence is thrilled to announce the launch of Lawrence: Block-by-Block, a project that reveals the then and now of the buildings we dine, shop, and dance in. The Block-by-block project began in the spring of 2017 in a journalism class at the University of Kansas. All research was…

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Historic Trails of Douglas County

[metaslider id=5664] As a child, I remember driving Kansas back roads at night with my grandparents. It was a black ocean of grass and a sky awash with stars. As I looked out my window, I would imagine what it must have felt like for the people who traveled it before, in covered wagons lurching and…

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