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Highly documented drama on the Underground Railroad

On December 19, 1858, Jim Daniels took his life in his hands and asked an agent of the Underground Railroad for freedom for him, his wife Narcissus, and their children. The next night, John Brown, the radical abolitionist, came to their farmstead in Missouri and killed a slaveowner while liberating…

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Unmistakable Moments of 2021 in Lawrence, Kansas

The start of 2021 seems like an eternity ago, yet it has flown by in the blink of an eye, amiright? It must’ve been fun if the old saying is true. At the very least, it’s been quite busy. That’s made evident by the number of things that came to mind while writing this blog. Let’s get to it; here’s…

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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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