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.
Join us for the tour!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Stop by the Watkins Museum (1047 Massachusetts St.) anytime from 6 to 8 p.m. as the Lawrence Preservation Alliance joins our friends at the Museum for a Final Fridays presentation.
Sue and Monte Pearson invite LPA members to tour the Charles Pilla house, their 1894 Queen Anne home located in downtown Eudora.
This year’s Annual Meeting (open to all members) will be held in downtown Eudora.
The Preservation Achievement Award honors individuals or groups who have contributed in extraordinary ways to help preserve buildings or natural sites important to the history of Lawrence and Douglas County.
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.