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An Evening at Watkins Museum with Author Thomas Fox Averill

Although Nell Doerr seems real enough to reach out and touch, Thomas Fox Averill’s protagonist is a fictional character whose life unfolds entirely through Doerr’s journals, letters, photos, drawings, notes, and clippings.

On Friday, MAR 2 from 6-7 PM at Watkins Museum of History, Averill will discuss his new novel, Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr, and Nell’s life in Lawrence, Kansas between 1854 and 1889.

Averill’s novel tells the story of Doerr’s two stillborn babies, her move to Kansas, the loss of her husband in Quantrill’s Raid, and her discovery — while hiding in her basement — of the fossils of ancient creatures in the foundation rock. “In finding these specimens this unforgettable heroine finds herself a woman unconventional and strong, a mother without children, a wife without a husband, a scientist without educational pedigree, and someone who nurtures her passion for nature and contributes to the scientific knowledge of her time.” (1)

Thomas Fox Averill is the author of rode, Secrets of the Tsil Café: A Novel with Recipes, and A Carol Dickens Christmas: A Novel. He lives in Topeka, Kansas. Books will be available for purchase from the Raven Bookstore and a signing will follow Averill’s presentation.

Watkins Museum of History is located at 1047 Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence, Kansas.


(1)  SOURCE: unmpress.com
IMAGE CREDIT: Peggy Clark / Washburn University

One Place, Many Voices: Local Authors Share Connections to Place

Cover image: downstream view of Kansas River; photo courtesy of Kansas Geological Survey.

Writing by our local authors is rich and diverse in both mood and voice. My current focus is on such writing that provides a sense of place. This is an invitation to explore outside spaces with local authors in a series of events aptly titled Local Authors Outside.

I also want to encourage you to check out their books and hopefully be inspired to deepen your connection to this place—from the lush woodlands of Douglas County State Fishing Lake to Delaware Indian landmarks in North Lawrence, the fertile prairie at Prairie Park, and the wide expanse of diverse flora and fauna throughout our area— I hope you’ll join us! Read More..

A Refreshing Series about Water in Kansas

Every Monday through the end of October, dive into discussions about water in Kansas, the Kaw River, and Lawrence.

Featuring local luminaries such as Rex Buchanan and Sarah Hill-Nelson, we’ll spend four evenings plumbing the depths of aquifers, law, water supply, and watersheds, then wrap it all up with a tour of the Bowersock Mills & Power Company’s plant just across the river.

Free, but registration for the tour required: Email Jake at jvail@lplks.org


MONDAY WATER TALKS | 7-8 PM | Library Auditorium
10/2 | Aquifers and Streamflow with Rex Buchanan
10/9 | Water Law, Water Fights, and the Kaw with Burke Griggs
10/16 | Water in a Land of Plenty with Sharon Ashworth
10/23 | Regional Advisory Committees and Watersheds with Sarah Hill-Nelson

SPECIAL SUNDAY FIELD TRIP!
10/29
| 4 PM | Bowersock Mills & Power Plant Tour

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Game of Gnomes 2017

Starting MondayJune 5 through July 28, get ready for a summer fitness adventure into the great “ungnome”! Whether you’re House Lannister or House Stark, it’s your job to find all 21 gnomes we’ve hidden in various parks around town. Form a fellowship or strike out solo and earn some loot! Download the map here or pick one up at our Welcome Desk  starting June 5. Made possible with support from the Douglas County Community Foundation.


Here’s how to play:

  1. Visit the walking paths in the parks on the map.
  2. Each location has two gnomes. Find them, and their special names along each path.
    NOTES:
    DeVictor Park has a bonus third gnome located in our Storywalk®.
    The gnomes at Rock Chalk are quite far apart, spanning between E 902 RD and E 1000 RD.
  3. Match the park’s number with the gnome names on your handout. Write the park’s number next to the gnome’s name in the blank provided.
  4. Find all 21 gnomes. We’ve included three “wild card” gnomes on the list to keep you on your toes (you won’t find them—they’re just decoys.)
  5. Fill out your contact info and return the sheet to our Welcome Desk to enter the raffle for your very own gnomes!

Gnomenclature GUARANTEED FINISHER PRIZES A coupon to Ad Astra Running A coupon to the Rolling Gnome Gaming Store A surprise tchotchke One of these four glorious finisher buttons — You choose! GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE To be announced… Oh, the suspense! Game of Gnomes pins small

Maggie Herrington’s Lawrence

What was life like for kids in Lawrence 150 years ago? Find out on Wednesday, April 12 from 4-5 PM in the Readers’ Theater. Come explore the world of Maggie Herrington, a real girl whose journal is the inspiration for this hands-on history program from the Watkins Museum. Program is for ages 7-11.

Writing Where You Live: Diverse & Literary Lawrence, Kansas

(Painting of Lawrence by Brian Timmer)

Lawrence has a vibrant, diverse literary heritage. Read on to discover notable writers connected to Lawrence and learn about local author events. If you aspire to write and share your own writing, local opportunities are included as well.  Whether you’re a reader or writer, there’s useful information for everyone.   Read More..

There’s No Place Like Lawrence

Last weekend, my in-laws visited from Iowa. Don’t worry– this isn’t a horror story. Or a rant. I actually enjoy it when they’re in town, because I get to show them around Lawrence and brag about all the great locally-owned businesses and the neat events that happen in the community. It reminds me how much I love Lawrence and how glad I am to live here. Read More..