Civil War on the Border

August 18-21, Watkins Museum of History

Douglas County's largest annual commemoration of its heritage

Civil War on the Border logo Watkins Museum of HistoryThe 27th annual Civil War on the Border will have the theme of intersections between natural and cultural history. This four-day festival will include annual favorites like bus and walking tours of local sites and a moving memorial service for the victims of Quantrill's Raid. This year, we'll also have talks on Native American history and other topics. View the tours and events below, and learn more here>

Aug 20

Step back in time to the thrilling, terrifying days of the Civil War. Local historian John Jewell will lead you on a downtown walking tour of sites and stories from William Quantrill's devastating raid on Lawrence in 1863, a defining event in the city's history. Tour goers get a...

Aug 20

Women played crucial roles in the settlement of Lawrence. Learn heroic, fascinating stories of Sara Robinson, Jetta Dix, and several other important local women in this unique bus tour led by the Watkins Museum's Natalie Vondrak. Sponsored by the Lawrence Parks and Recreation...

Quantrill's Raid Graveyard Walk Aug 20

Join Brittany Keegan, Watkins Museum of History curator, to learn about some of the founding of our historic Oak Hill Cemetery, and hear stories of early Lawrence, including Quantrill’s Raid. You’ll also meet some of the notable people buried within the hallowed grounds.

Aug 21

Step back in time to the thrilling, terrifying days of the Civil War. Local historian John Jewell will lead you on a downtown walking tour of sites and stories from William Quantrill's devastating raid on Lawrence in 1863, a defining event in the city's history. Tour goers get a...

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