Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum

Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum The Museum documents the history of this region with ties to the Bleeding Kansas Era and the Underground Railroad & shares the stories of the early Clinton Lake Communities. Please call for appointments and tours, 785-783-4420.
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We have the best views at the museum. Check out these crazy storm clouds from Tuesday evening. Remember....while the mus...
04/30/2020

We have the best views at the museum. Check out these crazy storm clouds from Tuesday evening. Remember....while the museum is still closed, our grounds are open to the public.

Saturday, May 23rd = Museum's Opening Day (hopefully)We are not sure if this means "business-as-usual open" or "limiting...
04/28/2020

Saturday, May 23rd = Museum's Opening Day (hopefully)

We are not sure if this means "business-as-usual open" or "limiting number of visitors open". ?? We will know more details the closer to the date we get and will keep you informed. The safety of the community is our priority.

MEMBERS of The Clinton Lake Historical Society, Don't forget to renew your membership and elect Board Officers. Please r...
04/27/2020

MEMBERS of The Clinton Lake Historical Society,
Don't forget to renew your membership and elect Board Officers. Please refer to Annual Meeting email for the voting ballot. Paying dues is easy on our website (use link below).

If you are interested in becoming a member, visit our website by clicking the link below:
https://www.wakarusamuseum.org/memberships-1

THANK YOU for your interest in local history!

Welcome Purple Martins!  Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Topeka Audubon Society and our CLHS Board members, the purpl...
04/19/2020

Welcome Purple Martins! Thanks to the volunteer efforts of Topeka Audubon Society and our CLHS Board members, the purple martins have new gourd birdhouses with a view of the lake. The birdhouse doors are open and the birds have been seen moving in.

Thank you Watkins Museum of History for creating this fun Historic Sites Bingo. How many places have you visited? Can yo...
04/17/2020

Thank you Watkins Museum of History for creating this fun Historic Sites Bingo.
How many places have you visited? Can you get a BINGO! I wonder how many folks could mark the form to get a Blackout Bingo (all spots checked)?

Historic Sites Bingo!
Can you say that you've been to all of these historic sites in Douglas County? Share this with your friends and then prove to us how many you been to by sharing a screenshot in the comments!

Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, Inc.
KU Natural History Museum
The University of Kansas
Eudora Area Historical Society
Baldwin City, KS - Municipal Government
Historic Lecompton
Haskell Indian Nations University
Haskell Cultural Center and Museum
Baker University Wetlands
Black Jack Battlefield and Nature Park
Guardians of Grover Barn
The Eldridge Hotel
Dole Institute of Politics
Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum
Liberty Hall
Friends of Oak Hill Cemetery
Kansas Jayhawks

HAPPY EASTER!(This postcard is part of a newly accessioned postcard collection donated by Martha Parker. Over 280 postca...
04/12/2020

HAPPY EASTER!

(This postcard is part of a newly accessioned postcard collection donated by Martha Parker. Over 280 postcards were written to Twin Mound residents Candace Cole Thurber and her daughter, Marie, between 1908 - 1918 and are a peek into their daily life.)

03/23/2020

The Clinton Lake Historical Society Annual Meeting (planned for April 18, 2020) is cancelled. More info TBA.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
03/17/2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

The museum's website is up and running!  www.wakarusamuseum.org A HUGE THANK YOU goes to our board member, Janet Faust, ...
03/10/2020

The museum's website is up and running! www.wakarusamuseum.org

A HUGE THANK YOU goes to our board member, Janet Faust, for adding this project to her already full plate. The new site allows for updates to be made in real time. We will keep adding and improving.
Thank you Janet for your time and talent.
Click on the link to explore our site! (Check out the blog...)

Announcement from our friends at Black Jack Battlefield
02/16/2020

Announcement from our friends at Black Jack Battlefield

A reminder that the Black Jack Battlefield Trust, Inc., is holding its Annual Meeting of Members this coming Sunday the 16th at 3:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A in the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont Street, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Anyone can attend, but only current members can vote in the election for board members.

❤ Sweet thoughts to brighten your day. Happy Valentines Day!  ❤
02/14/2020

❤ Sweet thoughts to brighten your day. Happy Valentines Day! ❤

Beautiful light show at last night's Clinton Lake Historical Society's Board Meeting
02/12/2020

Beautiful light show at last night's Clinton Lake Historical Society's Board Meeting

01/30/2020
Annual Meeting Announcement
01/27/2020

Annual Meeting Announcement

Always nice to see the Museum's name in print! Thanks Steve Nowak for highlighting the museum. Plus....it is nice to thi...
01/15/2020

Always nice to see the Museum's name in print!
Thanks Steve Nowak for highlighting the museum.
Plus....it is nice to think of a summer picnic on a dreary day like today.

"The survey is now complete!" "Property owners and the public are invited to attend a public meeting to hear a final rep...
01/09/2020

"The survey is now complete!"

"Property owners and the public are invited to attend a public meeting to hear a final report on this survey process and learn what factors make a building, farmstead, or site eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. Benefits of historic designation will be discussed. Consultant Stan Hernly will lead the meeting. Property owners are encouraged to bring historic images or historical information about their property to share. Part of the data collected during the survey process is uploaded to the Kansas Historic Resource
-Inventory at: https://khri.kansasgis.org/ This database is available to the public."
-For more information about the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council or the Historic Building Survey Plan, visit: https://www.douglascountyks.org/hcc/who-we-are

The Clinton Lake Historical Society wishes you all a happy & healthy 2020!
01/01/2020

The Clinton Lake Historical Society wishes you all a happy & healthy 2020!

Here are some more photos of Santa's visit. I think we had more dogs visit with Santa than kids.
12/09/2019

Here are some more photos of Santa's visit. I think we had more dogs visit with Santa than kids.

Santa had a lot of visitors at the Museum on Saturday. It was a perfect day to sit out on Martha's bench with Santa.
12/09/2019

Santa had a lot of visitors at the Museum on Saturday. It was a perfect day to sit out on Martha's bench with Santa.

Santa's here!
12/07/2019

Santa's here!

12/07/2019
12/06/2019
12/05/2019
We're getting ready for Santa's Visit to the museum this Saturday, 2-4pm. ☑ Cookies baked☑ Chores done (don't want to be...
12/04/2019

We're getting ready for Santa's Visit to the museum this Saturday, 2-4pm.
☑ Cookies baked
☑ Chores done (don't want to be on the naughty list)
☑ Dog treats bought. Refreshments for all.

See you Saturday!🎄🎄🎅🎄🎄

12/04/2019
12/03/2019
12/02/2019
The Clinton Lake Historical Society would like to wish everyone a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude for your family, fr...
11/28/2019

The Clinton Lake Historical Society would like to wish everyone a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude for your family, friends, and food. Have a safe holiday.

The Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum is now closed on the weekends.  We will be using this time to work on new exhi...
10/10/2019

The Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum is now closed on the weekends. We will be using this time to work on new exhibits and maintenance projects.

If you are interested in scheduling tours or research appointments, call 785-783-4420.

(Posting these a week late...)Douglas County Water Fest happened last Friday, Sept. 27th. This year due to a flooded Blo...
10/04/2019

(Posting these a week late...)
Douglas County Water Fest happened last Friday, Sept. 27th. This year due to a flooded Bloomington Park, the Water Fest was held at Overlook Park. At the Museum's station, the 5th graders learned about the hidden history "under" the lake. They then got to try their hand at being a museum curator - trying to figure out what these objects from our Collection really are and what was their purpose.

What a rainy night for the Harvest Home Picnic! We had some wonderful folks brave the downpour to join us last Saturday ...
10/04/2019

What a rainy night for the Harvest Home Picnic! We had some wonderful folks brave the downpour to join us last Saturday evening. With our only other option to cancel, we made the best out of nasty night.
A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to everyone who bid and won an auction item. These funds go directly to the daily running of the museum - again, we couldn't do this without YOU!

Rain or shine, Harvest home Picnic is still on tonight.
09/28/2019

Rain or shine, Harvest home Picnic is still on tonight.

09/20/2019
Clinton North Shore Trails

Clinton North Shore Trails

Looks like the lake water levels are continuing to drop each day. So, we're going to begin the trail recovery process Saturday at 9:00. We'll meet at the Corps Visitor Center parking lot to get organized and work until around noon.

See you there!

We have such a generous community! Items for the Harvest Home Picnic Auction are being dropped off this week. We still h...
09/19/2019

We have such a generous community! Items for the Harvest Home Picnic Auction are being dropped off this week. We still have a few slots to fill if you or you group/business would like to donate an item or gift basket.

- Kanwaka Literary Club has donated another wonderful book bag filled with books by and about women to celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment. (Sorry no photo yet)
- A stunning cast glass pendant donated by Eden Detrixhe, a local glass artist.
- Baseball Quilt with matching pillowcase
- There is even a rumor that there will be a cake or cupcake of the month package to bid on. Let the celebration last all year!

See something you like? Join us at the Museum on Sept 28th!

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716 N 1190 Rd
Lawrence, KS
66047

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The museum is very lucky to have Santa coming for a visit. Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 8th, 1PM - 3PM. Bring your kids, grandkids and even your pet for a photo opportunity! Homemade cookies and hot drinks will be waiting for you. If the weather is inclement, no worries! Santa will set up inside the museum so every child will still get to visit him. Hope to see you there.
I've "rescued" an old photograph of Bess HOLMES SEHON which was taken at the C. F. Lewis Studio in Lawrence, KS in the early 1900's. Bess appears to be in her teens or 20's at the time the photograph was taken. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding Bess and her family: Bess or Bessie May HOLMES was b. 27 May 1889 or 1892 and married Russel William SEHON (b. 14 Sept 1892 in Lecompton, KS-d. Mar 1964 in Douglas Co., KS – son of Charles W. SEHON and Rosena Margaret “Winnie” HILL). Bess died in 1979 in Douglas Co., KS and is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, KS. Census records provide the following details: 1915 census of Lawrence, KS: E. L. HOLMES, age 55 Paul L. HOLMES, age 28 Lily E. HOLMES, age 25 Bessie M. HOLMES, age 23 Russell SEHON, age 24 Agnes MORTON, age 22 1940 census of Wakarusa, KS: Russell W. SEHON, age 49, born KS, a Carpenter Bess SEHON, age 47, born KS, a Flour Mill Clerk I’m hoping to locate someone from her family so that this wonderful old treasure can be returned to the care of her family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
The sing-a-long was Junior's favorite. 👏👏👏
Saundra Hiller and Linda Faust led a sing-a-long before the show.
Movie Night
I'm excited about the Marion Township Survey Stan Hernley presented info about today at the museum. I know there are some wonderful and historic places out there.
Opening of the Education Exhibit! Such a cute classroom with items from Lone Star, Old Belvoir, and Apple Pie Schools.
Bring on the Douglas Co. Water Fest! Around 900 Douglas Co. 5th Graders will be participating today with over a dozen different presenters (the museum highlighting the history under the water).
A great group for a fun evening
The fun Donut-on-a-String contest.
The banner is up! Invite your friends! Only 10 days until Harvest Home Picnic.......the countdown begins!😅