Douglas County: Pressures of Migration and Politics is a traveling exhibit developed by the Douglas County Heritage Office funded by grants from Humanities Kansas and the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. This exhibit provides a glimpse into the stories of why people have been attracted to Douglas County since the 1850s, and why others have left.  Featured include:

  • Baker University
  • Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park
  • Lecompton
  • German migration
  • Mexican migration
  • Wakarusa River Valley
  • Post-WWII Veterans’ education

The exhibit is on display August 31 – September 30

Friday, August 31, 7-8:30 p.m.

The Watkins brings historic and contemporary issues together in this special Final Friday program. At 7 PM, local researcher Cindy Higgins and Douglas County Heritage Coordinator Jan Shupert-Arick discuss migration into our region during the Civil War era and unveil a new exhibit on the subject.  The project was funded by Humanities Kansas and Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, Inc. At 8:00 pm, Ann L. Say of Once We Were Refugees will discuss her organization’s work on behalf of current-day refugees.