6:00 PM18:00

Downtown Master Plan Visioning Workshop

Flory Hall in the Douglas County Fairgrounds

2120 Harper St.

The City of Lawrence has announced the next phase of the Downtown Master Plan planning process, which includes several upcoming community engagement activities.
Earlier this year, the City, working with consultants Houseal Lavigne Associates (HLA), initiated community outreach and engagement for the Downtown Master Plan. Those activities included community workshops, an online survey and an online map-building tool. Additionally, interested residents had the opportunity to complete their own DIY workshop kits with their community groups.
In the next phase, participants will help define the vision, goals and objectives of the Downtown Master Plan. It will begin with a visioning workshop held from 6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Flory Hall in the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St. The visioning workshop is open to the public and all ages are welcome.
Attendees at the visioning workshop will work in small groups as they consider how development opportunities, streetscapes, open spaces, and other land use elements will fit into the future of Downtown Lawrence. At the end of the workshop, each group will present maps of their ideas to the rest of the participants. HLA will review those ideas to create a framework that incorporates the workshop findings.
The city will conduct a visual preference survey in which respondents will be able to share their opinions on the future appearance of Downtown Lawrence. The survey will be available on the project website starting Wednesday, Oct. 2.

In addition, the city plans Student workshops for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to share their opinions on Downtown Lawrence through a guided conversation. Dates and locations will be announced later this fall.

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6:00 PM18:00

St. Luke AME Church Artistic Experience

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You are invited to a unique artistic event! For one night only, artist John Sebelius and musician Martinez Hillard will collaborate to create a multimedia experience at historic St. Luke AME Church inspired by the work of Langston Hughes. Showtimes are 6pm and 9pm on Saturday, October 5th.

This FREE event will kickstart a fundraising effort to restore the beautiful stained glass windows at the church; built in 1910 and in desperate need of restoration.

To help with this fundraising campaign please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-restore-st-luke-ame-stained-glass-windows

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1:30 PM13:30

LPA Annual Membership Meeting

Annual Meeting of Membership

Location: Santa Fe Station, 413 E. 7th Street



Come join us for LPA’s annual membership meeting and a special opportunity to tour this newly rehabilitated Lawrence landmark! Rededicated earlier this year, the Santa Fe station project received a Merit Award from our friends at Kansas Preservation Alliance (KPA) in May.

At 2 p.m., following a brief business meeting, project architect Stan Hernly, along with Carey Maynard-Moody, Dennis Domer and Tom Harper of the community group Depot Redux, will show us around and share insights on their favorite design elements. Don’t miss this chance to get reacquainted with this classic community building.

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6:45 PM18:45

Civil War Weekend Keynote and Concert

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area Inc., the Watkins Museum of History and Lawrence Arts Center invite you to a free evening of history and song.

Location: Lawrence Arts Center

No tickets required.


6:45 p.m. – We welcome attendees to the Lawrence Arts Center, make the evening announcements, and introduce author Tom Rafiner.

7:00 p.m. – Keynote presentation, "Order Number 11," Tom Rafiner

7:45 p.m. – Q & A with Tom

8:00 p.m. – "For Union & Freedom: Songs of the Civil War," presented by Lawrence Opera Theatre

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12:00 PM12:00

Deerfield Elementary School Students Present Their Vision for The Downtown HUB Project

A group of fifth graders at Deerfield Elementary School has explored alternatives for the defeated HUB apartment complex at 11th and Massachusetts streets in downtown Lawrence. Come see how these future city leaders envision the growth of their community.

Auditorium, Lawrence Public Library

Thursday, July 25, 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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7:30 AM07:30

Downtown Planning Community Workshop - Downtown Businesses and Property Owners

You are invited to participate in one of the two community workshops at the Carnegie Building this week. One session is for the general public; the other is aimed at people who own businesses or property downtown. A moderator for the consulting firm will work with participants to identify key priorities the group wishes to focus on. LPA’s position is simple: preserving historic resources should be a principal goal of our downtown development plan. Your support of that position at these meetings will help keep it foremost in the process.

Downtown Business Owner and Property Owner Workshop
Thursday, June 6
Carnegie Building
7:30 to 9 am

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6:30 PM18:30

Downtown Planning Community Workshop - General Public

You are invited to participate in one of the two community workshops at the Carnegie Building this week. One session is for the general public; the other is aimed at people who own businesses or property downtown. A moderator for the consulting firm will work with participants to identify key priorities the group wishes to focus on. LPA’s position is simple: preserving historic resources should be a principal goal of our downtown development plan. Your support of that position at these meetings will help keep it foremost in the process.

General Public Workshop
Wednesday, June 5
Carnegie Building 200 W. 9th Street
6:30 to 8 pm

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1:30 PM13:30

LPA Old Housewarming

Old Housewarming

1509 Massachusetts (map)

Sunday, April 28, 1:30 to 3 pm

Come join us for a tour of this 1913 Mission Revival home, designated (with LPA help!) in November 2017 as a landmark on the Lawrence Register of Historic Places. This is a members-only event. To join LPA, CLICK HERE. Memberships will also be sold at the door. Parking will be available in the Central Methodist Church parking next door to 1509 Massachusetts.  

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4:00 PM16:00

Santa Fe Station Rededication


You are invited to the Rededication Celebration of the Santa Fe Depot, 413 E. 7th Street, on February 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The renovation of the depot is one of the greatest midcentury preservation efforts in Kansas and Lawrence. Speakers (including one of the original architects) will start at 4 p.m and the depot will be open to tour.

The depot was designed by Warren Corman and Warren Jones and completed in 1956. Preservation efforts have drawn a diverse group of activists with various interests, yet everyone shared the common goal to preserve the depot after years of neglect.


Lawrence Modern has been involved since the beginning nine years ago with Depot Redux, the non-profit advocacy group founded by Carey Maynard-Moody. Depot Redux worked diligently with numerous city commissions, two city managers, the Historic Resource Commission, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and Amtrak for the city to take over ownership of the building. This enabled the city to submit the nomination, written by Dennis Domer, for the depot to be listed on the National, Kansas and Lawrence Historic Registers. That in turn facilitated a Transportation Enhancement grant administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation and matching funds from the city to fund the extensive renovation.

On February 22 you will find that the building looks very similar to what it looked like in 1956. What you won’t see is the new geothermal HVAC, new electrical, plumbing and a new roof. There is fresh paint and new aluminum fascia wrapped around the various roof elevations. The bathrooms, entrances, walkways and platform now meet American with Disabilities guidelines. The operable windows have interior storm windows and screens that blend seamlessly with the north and south walls.

First Management Construction was in charge of the renovation and Stan Hernly of Hernly Associates Inc. was the architect who made sure the renovation adhered to historic guidelines.

Diane Stoddard, Lawrence’s assistant city manager, provided the leadership and determination for the depot ownership to be transferred to the city. Without Diane, the depot still would be owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe and falling into a worse state. LPA presented Depot Redux and Stoddard with Preservation Achievement Awards in 2017 for their work preserving the depot.

We are happy and grateful to all of the citizens of Lawrence who were involved with this successful preservation effort and look forward to sharing the depot with you.

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6:30 PM18:30

Downtown Master Plan Workshop: Downtown and Adjacent Neighborhoods

The City of Lawrence is excited to announce the initiation of a planning process to develop a Downtown Master Plan! The Downtown Master Plan will serve as the City’s official guide for land use and development in the Downtown area over the next 15-20 years. It will act as a “road map,” detailing a long-term vision and policy agenda for important issues such as land use, development, beautification, parking, pedestrian mobility, and circulation. Ultimately, the plan will seek to answer, “What will our Downtown look like in the future?” and, “How do we get there?”

The city is working with consulting firm Houseal Lavigne Associates on developing the Downtown Master Plan.

As part of the planning process, the City will host three workshops. The Downtown and Adjacent Neighborhoods Workshop is for people who live in close proximity to Downtown Lawrence, the Community-Wide Workshop is for anyone who lives/works anywhere in the City, and the Downtown Business Workshop is designed to gather feedback from business owners, developers, and members of the Downtown business community. Please note that all three workshops are open to any Lawrence community member who wants to attend to ensure everyone has an opportunity to provide input.

Downtown and Adjacent Neighborhoods Workshop 
Monday, February 4th
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium
707 Vermont Street

Community-Wide Workshop
Lawrence Public Library Auditorium
707 Vermont Street

Downtown Business Workshop
City Commission Room, City Hall
6 East Sixth Street

Members of the community can also stay active and aware of the Downtown Master Plan project through the project website, which is also accessible from the City’s website. The project website is the primary resource for information regarding the Downtown Master Plan, including meeting announcements, draft documents for review and comment, summaries of public meetings, and online outreach tools. This includes online questionnaires and map.social, an interactive mapping tool that allows you to make your own map of Downtown Lawrence. The website is an important resource for residents, businesses, and community stakeholders to stay engaged throughout the planning process and ensure their voice is heard at each step of the project.

Those interested can sign up to receive email updates by going to the city’s e-news subscription page at this link, entering an email address, checking the Downtown Master Plan topic under Planning & Development, and scrolling to the bottom of the page to click on “subscribe.”

Questions or comments may be directed to downtownplan@lawrenceks.org.

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8:00 AM08:00

Kansas Historical Society Historic Tax Credit Seminar

One-day historic tax credit seminar, including in-depth discussion of the requirements, applications, review processes and procedures, along with Q&A sessions with State Historic Preservation Office and Kansas Department of Revenue staff. Kansas Museum of History, 6425 SW Sixth, Topeka. More information: https://lawrencepreservation.squarespace.com/config/pages/55119885e4b0ff5f4d08971a

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1:30 PM13:30

NEW DATE: LPA Annual Meeting

Because of inclement weather—and accessibility issues due to ongoing construction at Ninth and Rhode Island streets—LPA has been forced to reschedule its annual meeting again. The meeting is now scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 4, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., at the Langston Hughes Fellowship Hall at St. Luke AME Church, 900 New York St. The entrance to the Fellowship Hall is on the Ninth Street side of the church. After a short business meeting, we’ll be offering tours of 904 Rhode Island, around the corner. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we’re looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, Nov. 4!

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10:00 AM10:00

East Lawrence Home Tour

The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association is having a Home Tour fundraiser for ELNA on Saturday, October 13th from 10am-4pm.

Tickets are $20.00 each and can be purchased at: Bon Bon, Cottin’s Hardware, Decade and Lawrence Beer Company

Homes on the drop in, self-guided tour include:
938 Rhode Island
1100 Rhode Island
1028 Pennsylvania
1145 Pennsylvania
1016 New York
1146 New York

To volunteer to assist with the tour, or to ask questions, contact Mike Anderson andersonforlawrence@gmail.com.

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to Sep 22

Keeping Legends Alive: Honoring the First WWI Memorial & Legacy of the 1926 Haskell Stadium Dedication

A variety of programs, speakers, tours and a powwow will honor the first-ever WWI Memorial, located at Haskell Stadium, celebrate the anniversary of the 1926 dedication of the stadium, and honor Native American veterans. The program, which will be held at Haskell Stadium, is being hosted by the Haskell Cultural Center & Museum; more information is available here.


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to Sep 22

2018 Kansas Preservation Conference: Building Blocks of Preservation

The 2018 Kansas Preservation Conference is coming to Lawrence Sept. 20-22. 

Learn more about the conference 

Register now for the conference

Schedule at a Glance:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pre-Conference: Preservation 101 at the Union Pacific Depot

2 - 5 p.m. Explore the University of Kansas Historic District Tour

7 - 9 p.m. Preservation in the Movies at Liberty Hall

Friday, September 21, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Welcome, Opening Plenary with William Schmickle, and Educational Sessions

5 - 7 p.m. Progressive Reception to Downtown Lawrence Historic Properties at the Eldridge Hotel

7 - 9:30 p.m. Kansas Preservation Alliance Reception at Liberty Hall. Featured speaker Dylan Thuras of Atlas Obscura at 8:30 p.m. with book signing and sales provided by Raven Book Store beginning at 8 p.m.

Saturday, September 20, 2018

8 - 9 a.m. Meet up for interest groups breakfast at the Union Pacific Depot

9 - 10 a.m. Financial Incentives for Historic Properties at the Union Pacific Depot

9 - 10 a.m. Introduction to Modern Architecture at the Library Auditorium

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Modern Architecture Enclave on Owens Lane

Keynote Speaker

William Schmickle

Bill is a former chair of the Annapolis, MD, Historic Preservation Commission and co-led the successful political campaign to designate the Oak Ridge, NC, local historic district. A former political science professor, he has authored two how-to-succeed books for preservation professionals, local activists and volunteers: The Politics of Historic Districts: A Grassroots Primer for Historic Preservation, and Preservation Politics: Keeping Historic Districts Vital. A former professor of political science, he now writes and consults on preservation issues. 

Featured Speaker

Dylan Thuras

Dylan is one of the Co-Founder's of the online destination focused on discovery, wonder, and exploration, Atlas Obscura. He recently co-authored the Atlas Obscura book and hosts the Atlas Obscura Youtube series "100 Wonders." Previous projects include "Curious Expeditions" about traveling in Eastern Europe for a year, the meeting of the Athanasius Kircher Society, and "World of Wonders," a series of videos and articles for Slate. Dylan holds a BA in Film, Writing, Animation and Visual Arts from Bennington College. Visit Dylan online at @dylanthuras. 

Session Highlights

Preservation in the Movies

Join us at Liberty Hall for a showing of the 2016 film, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. The film examines the battle for New York City in the 1960s involving key players Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses. Introduction by KU Architecture Professor Marie-Alice L'Heureux, Ph.D.

Explore the University of Kansas Historic District

The survey and nomination process will be intertwined with the history of the district. Buildings that have undergone historic rehabilitations will be highlighted along the way, including projects that involved in-depth examination of the masonry and/or utilized the Kansas State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit incentive program.

This tour includes portions of walking and standing. We will have transportation for those with accessibility issues.

Modern Architecture Enclave

Explore the modern architecture gems of Lawrence. Owens Lane is tucked away in a seemingly normal post-war subdivision. In collaboration with Lawrence Modern, four private residences along Owens Lane will be open to conference attendees


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10:00 AM10:00

Tour of Dyche Hall's 7th Floor

Historic Mount Oread Friends, in partnership with LPA, will sponsor a tour of the Seventh Floor of Dyche Hall, home of the Natural History museum, and talk about the effort to restore the building’s grotesques. The Seventh Floor, not normally open to the public, recently received a complete renovation following preservation standards. Exterior restoration determined that the grotesque statues were failing and had to be removed. The Museum will share the steps it’s taking to have them replaced. A limited number of tickets for the tour are available to non-members of HMOF. More information and registration for the tour are available here

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Photography Exhibit: Core Icons: New work by Katy Clagett

Artist (and LPA Board member) Katy Clagett has always been preoccupied with the built environment. She spends the bulk of her time exploring and looking at the world around her, trying to capture its beauty and nuance through her lens.

Exploring the idea of what makes something iconic and paired with the desire to definitively capture the unique nature of twelve core Lawrence neighborhoods, Core Icons, Clagett’s latest body of photographic work, ultimately serves as a love letter to the often overgrown streets of Lawrence. The exhibit will be at Decade, 920 Delaware St, Lawrence. An artist's reception will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m.



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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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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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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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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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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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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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