Aug
18
12:00 PM12:00

Tour of Historic Grover Barn

A tour of the Grover Barn is planned for Saturday, August 18, during the Watkins Museum of History’s Civil War on the Western Frontier. The City of Lawrence recently designated the Grover Barn, 2819 Stone Barn Terrace, as a documented Underground Railroad site on the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom. Built in 1858, the Grover Barn is one of the best preserved Underground Railroad sites still standing in Lawrence. 

For information about this event, the public may contact Will Hickox, Programs and Public Engagement Coordinator with the Watkins Museum, whickox@watkinsmuseum.org or 785-841-4109.

 

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May
17
to May 18

Tombstones on the Kansas Prairie: A Cemetery Conservation Workshop

The Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council has been awarded a Heritage Preservation Fund grant from the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office to bring a professional cemetery conservator to Douglas County to teach us the correct procedures for cleaning tombstones, making minor repairs, and resetting small monuments.  It is the hope of the HCC that workshop attendees will represent a variety of cemeteries across Douglas County and beyond. 

The number of attendees will be limited, so it is important that those interested in attending submit a completed registration application form by April 15th.  Registration is free, but pre-registration is required. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, May 17th - Day 1   Rain or Shine!   

Location: Flory Meeting Hall, Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper Street, Lawrence

8:30 a.m. Registration Opens 

9:00 a.m. Classroom Session

The first day will begin with a morning classroom session led by preservation consultant Corey Thomas of Pishny Restoration Services. 

Topics: an overview of cemetery preservation standards, challenges, and techniques. Discussion will cover gravestones, monuments, and historic masonry as well as metal pinning, historic mortars, and issues of lawn maintenance. 

11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Lunch Break - On Your Own – Bring your lunch!

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Location: Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill Avenue, Lawrence

The workshop will move to Oak Hill Cemetery for hands-on learning experiences. 

Topics: Stone documentation and condition assessment, photography techniques, gravestone cleaning techniques for marble, sandstone, granite, and historic masonry. The philosophy of cleaning gravestones will be discussed, and safe cleaning techniques will be demonstrated. Attendees will clean stones approved for cleaning without doing harm. Staining on stones will be discussed. We will compare problems & solutions.  A basic tablet stone will be excavated. 

Friday, May 18th - Day 2

Location: Oak Hill Cemetery, 1605 Oak Hill Avenue, Lawrence 

9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.  

The second day of the workshop will focus on repairing fractured gravestones and monuments, how to remove old repair adhesives which have failed, problems with mortars and cement, the issue to pin or not to pin, stone epoxies, pros and cons and proper mixing and application. The workshop will also demonstrate how to set and reset multiple piece monuments, and raise and level stones. Group discussions. 

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Break – Bring your lunch!   

What to bring? Your lunch, a folding chair or stool, sunscreen and water.

Rain Date: May 19

Please note that the hands-on portion of the workshop will be more physically demanding. Limitations and dangers of working with large and very heavy objects will be stressed for safety.  Also note that attendees will have access to Porta-Potty restrooms.  

For more information and registration forms, contact the HCC program coordinator at 785-330-2878

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Apr
22
1:00 PM13:00

Oak Hill Cemetery Spring Cleanup

The Friends of Oak Hill will be hosting an Earth Day spring cleanup at Oak Hill on Sunday, April 22d, from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. We will be focusing our efforts on cleaning up the general areas around several historically significant monuments and on picking up large sticks and tree limbs throughout the cemetery. Parks and Rec officials say that stick pickup is very helpful before the mowing season begins and in preparation for Memorial Day.

We will meet at the front gates of Oak Hill at 1 p.m., give a brief overview of the work day and then we will disperse to beautify Oak Hill! The city will be providing lawn waste bags and curbside pickup. Volunteers are reminded to please wear sunscreen, bring water and gardening/work gloves.

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Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

Open House, 200 Nebraska

Come join the LPA and Lawrence Modern for an open house at the Zimmerman House, 200 Nebraska, recently added to the Lawrence Register of Historic Places.

Warren Heylman, the architect, and Lee Zimmerman, the original home owner, are scheduled to attend. This is a remarkable opportunity to meet both men at the home they helped create.

Built in 1955, the Zimmerman house is unique among Lawrence home designs with its forward-thinking, Japanese-inspired mid-century modern architecture, creating a strikingly different and memorable home design that has been beautifully preserved

The open house will be from 3 to 5 p.m., April 14, at the house at 200 Nebraska, with presentations starting at 4 p.m.
 

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Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Tour KU's Ritchie & Slawson Halls, Saturday, Nov. 11

Historic Mt Oread Friends is offering a tour of KU's new Ritchie and Slawson Halls of the new Earth, Energy & Environment Center. The tour is Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 am. Meet in front of Lindley Hall. This is going to be a great program! 
 
Earth, Energy & Environment Center (EEEC)
Located between Lindley Hall and the engineering complex on Naismith Drive, the EEED will bring together faculty and students from geology and engineering engaged in energy and environmental research. Together, they will tackle ongoing and emerging issues in oil and gas exploration, water quality and availability, geothermal energy and more.
 
Our tour guides with be John Wilkins and Bob Goldstein. John Wilkins is the Managing Principal of the Gould Evans Lawrence studio and a KU graduate with more than 32 years of experience in the programming, planning, and architectural design through construction of education and civic projects throughout Kansas. John has worked on more than 50 projects with the University of Kansas over the past 25 years and led the architectural team on the recent completion of the DeBruce Center, the Allen Fieldhouse and Athletic Complex transformation, Bioscience Technology Business Center, Structural Biology Center, Eaton Hall, JRP School of Education and the Multidisciplinary Research Building, among many others. He is currently overseeing the Earth, Energy and Environment Center architectural team. Bob Goldstein in the Haas Distinguished Professor of Geology and Provost’s Special Advisor on Campus Development.

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Oct
1
1:30 PM13:30

LPA Annual Meeting and Haskell Walking Tour

The Lawrence Preservation Alliance is excited to announce a mid-autumn afternoon walking tour of the historic Haskell campus as part of our Annual Meeting of membership.

The Annual Meeting will be held Sunday, Oct. 1, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence.

Stephen Prue, Executive Assistant to President Venida Chenault, will be our guide, along with several ambassadors representing student clubs. The tour will include a number of historic buildings, and will also take us inside several of them for special looks at artifacts and works of art. It ends inside the old auditorium, where we will hold a very brief business meeting.

Did we say we are excited? How could we make such an understatement?! We will be working with Stephen over the coming weeks to plan a great afternoon and provide you more details, but all you have to do right now is mark your calendars…you won’t want to miss this special event!

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Aug
25
6:00 PM18:00

Local Stories of the Underground Railroad Presentation

WHAT: Final Fridays at the Watkins presents a program on Local Stories of the Underground Railroad. Bill Wagnon of the Shawnee County Historical Society will speak on the historic Ritchie House in Topeka, and Judy Sweets will present "The Search for Dr. John Doy, Underground Railroad Agent." Free; refreshments available.

WHERE: Watkins Museum, 1047 Massachusetts St,, Lawrence.

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Enchanted City: a photographic exploration of Lawrence's residential architecture
Nov
25
5:00 PM17:00

Enchanted City: a photographic exploration of Lawrence's residential architecture

Please join LPA Board Member Katy Clagett and the Levee Cafe in celebrating the opening of Enchanted City, a collection of 75+ photos Katy took over the past 2 years in Lawrence, Kansas.

Taken in East Lawrence, Old West Lawrence, Pinckney, Barker and North Lawrence, the photos of Enchanted City are Katy's attempt to document the architectural magic of Lawrence that she is drawn to every day.

All prints will be available to purchase- please pay what you'd like! 

BONUS- this is the inaugural Final Friday's at The Levee Cafe

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Oct
9
1:30 PM13:30

Johnson Block Walking Tour

  • 810 Missouri Street Lawrence, KS, 66044 United States (map)
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Take a walk with us around the newest proposed addition to the Lawrence Register of Historic Places: the Johnson Block. Named for its developer, Victor Johnson, the block comprises the east side of Arkansas Street and the west side of Missouri Street, between 8th and 9th streets. Beginning in 1909, Johnson developed it as a model block with paved streets, sidewalks, sewer, water and gas main service, and setback restrictions. Johnson built his own handsome house at 845 Missouri. The Johnson Block represents one of the first residential developments around the original core of Lawrence.

 A property within the Johnson Block

A property within the Johnson Block

While the exact configuration of the district is still being determined, as many as 18 contributing structures could be included. LPA member Michael Arp, who lives in the proposed district, has done much of the research and organized his neighbors in this effort. An LPA grant provided for a professional historian to fine-tune the research and bring a completed nomination forward to the Historic Resources Commission, and ultimately the Lawrence City Commission, for approval. 

Our leisurely walk of the Johnson Block will begin in front of 801 Missouri, at the southwest corner of 8th and Missouri. Board member Dale Nimz will lead the tour and point out a few of the different housing styles and points of interest along the way. You can visit with friends and find out about some history that has always been there but that you didn’t know existed. That’s what we try to do here at LPA.

We hope to see you Oct. 9 at 1:30 p.m, in front of 810 Missouri for our tour of the Johnson Block.

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Sep
25
1:30 PM13:30

SAVE THE DATE! 2016 Annual Meeting

The Lawrence Preservation Alliance has a very special event planned for our 2016 Annual Meeting of Membership. We will meet at the Carnegie Library.

After arrival and snacks, we will be treated to a panel discussion of Mexican-American elders from 2-3pm: "Remembering La Yarda." From its construction in 1924 to its demise in the 1951 flood, La Yarda thrived as a small housing complex at the east end of 8th street for section gang workers on the Santa Fe Railroad and their families.

A brief business meeting for LPA members will follow. More information on this great event will be sent by e-mail and the next LPA newsletter.

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Jun
27
4:00 PM16:00

Free workshop: How to Research Historic Properties

The Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council will present a preservation workshop on How to Use the Kansas Historic Resources Inventory Database to Research Historic Properties. 

Guest presenter, Amanda Loughlin, National Register Coordinator for the State of Kansas, will provide insights into how to use the database to research surveyed properties in Kansas. This free workshop may be of interest to those who own historic homes, historic farmsteads or buildings, or those who have an interest in listing a historic landscape or adding background information to the database. Visitors to Kansas Historic Resources Inventory may become registered users and update existing surveys or submit surveys for previously undocumented resources.

Please register in advance by contacting Jan Shupert-Arick at JShupertArick@Douglas-County.com or at 785-330-2878 by Wednesday, June 22, 2016.  This event will be held in Meeting Room C of the Lawrence Public Library. 

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May
19
4:00 PM16:00

Free workshop: How to Write a Successful National Register Nomination

Join the Lawrence Preservation Alliance and the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council as we celebrate National Preservation Month by hosting Amanda Loughlin, National Register Coordinator for the State of Kansas. Ms. Loughlin will provide insights into the process of researching and completing a National Register Nomination form. This workshop may be of interest to those who own historic homes or business buildings or those who have interest in having a church or historic site placed on the state or national register. Buildings on the state or national register may be eligible for state tax credits. 

Advanced Registration Is Required - To register, please contact Jan Shupert-Arick, Heritage Program Coordinator- Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council at the Douglas County Courthouse by email, or by calling 785-330-2878 by May 16, 2016.

For more information visit the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council.

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May
14
10:30 AM10:30

Celebrate National Preservation Month!

In celebration of National Preservation Month, please join the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council and the Lawrence Preservation Alliance in AWalkAboutLawrence- A Walking Tour of Historic Buildings and Public Spaces near 11th and Mass Streets.

Tour guides will lead you on a behind the scenes tour of on-going preservation work at the Watkins Museum of History, an exploration of the Douglas County Courthouse and South Park's historic treasures, and provide you with a glimpse into the history of the commercial block south of 11th Street from Englewood Florist to Fuzzy's Taco Shop. To complete the tour, you will get to explore the 1940 Art Moderne armory, known today as the Lawrence Community Building.

To join us, please meet inside the Watkins Museum of History at 1047 Mass Street by 10:30 a.m. This is a family-friendly tour that encourages an interest in local history and historic preservation.

Donation: $5/adult to benefit the stained glass windows at the Watkins Museum of History. No reservations are required, except for groups of 8 or more.

Have questions? Please contact Jan Shupert-Arick, Heritage Program Coordinator- Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council at the Douglas County Courthouse by email, or by calling 785-330-2878.

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Old Housewarming (members only)
May
1
1:30 PM13:30

Old Housewarming (members only)

  • 713 Louisiana Street Lawrence, KS, 66044 United States (map)
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We will be the guests of LPA members Bill and Kathy Tuttle as we gather at their long-time home in the heart of Old West Lawrence. This brick, Queen Anne home was designed by original owners Albert and Eleanor Henley and built in 1884 by Alexander Shaw. Albert was president of the Consolidated Barb Wire Company and served a term as mayor. Eleanor helped establish the children's department at the Lawrence Public Library.

In 1902, the front hallway and staircase were remodeled in the Richardsonian style, and an art gallery was added at the rear of the house. A kitchen renovation in 1997 reflects the architectural characteristics of the house.

There will be a brief presentation at 2 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Apr
23
1:30 PM13:30

Judge Nelson T. Stephens House Tour

  • 340 N Michigan St Lawrence, KS, 66044 United States (map)
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Please join us for a special showing to LPA members of the Judge Stephens House (1868), hosted by Jeff Allen. Jeff’s parents, George and Betty, moved into this historic house in 1949. The Allens were longtime LPA members until their passing in 2007 and 2013, respectively.

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