Haskell Indian Nations University is a unique higher educational institute where representatives from over 150 Native American tribes benefit from free tuition.
The Haskell Cultural Center & Museum is a recent addition to the campus, which was established in 1884. At the new visitors center you can visit a student art gallery, see historic artifacts from university archives and pay your respects at the Veterans memorial. The center at 155 Indian Ave is open Tuesday through Friday 8-5 and Sunday 1-5.
With a small town population of 4,000 plus 1,000 students, this is a nice and peaceful town. It has that feel like when you grew up in a more serene and proud environment. The 60 historic homes and the college structures from 1854 to 1900 are the features to spend a day here and view. The town established in 1857.
This is a nice and quiet town just 7 miles east of Lawrence. Commuters come from here for services type jobs mostly. It is nice and peaceful and worth a venture to see. It has around 7,000 residents, but seems like just due to new homes in recent years in subdivisions built. It originally was a more vibrant town when river traffic was coming through here for the commerce of goods.
Just 10 miles north/west of town, it is a real treat to show up here and learn about the history. The town was the territorial State capitol until it lost out in politics to free slave movement and then it moved to Topeka. The town was pro slave under John Lane, a Senator, but a bit of a nut with flavored history. This town then had 5,000 people. Now it has 600, and the museums are the main stay of why you would show up. They are really great to see the packed displays inside the Lane Museum, and Constitution Hall chambers. The Lane became a university under the Brethren in 1882, and that lasted til 1902.
No - this is not a restaurant recommendation, I don't even know if this establishment is open. However, those who relish a road trip to the past will enjoy seeing one of those unique old roadside motels that dotted the landscape in an earlier age. Concrete Indian Teepees. They're still standing and in fairly good condition. If you get close enough, you'll notice a highwater mark from the catastrophic 1951 flood about three feet up on one of the buildings. The Kaw (Kansas) River is about a mile away.
This old motel can be found on US Hwy 24 & 40, just north of Lawrence, and near the airport.
No need to drive quickly past the home of Beatnik writer William S. Burroughs to avoid pot shots anymore. He has passed on and this former home still sits as anonymously as ever on a side street in town. The author of Naked Lunch and friend of Jack Kerouac still exerts influence over today's writers. No pic or map since there is no museum or memorial to visit.
The landmark 120-foot WWII Memorial Campanile, home to a fine carillon of bells, can be seen from much of town. It is lovely to walk through the hillside groves or sit beside the lake in the campanile's shadow, especially during one of the regular carillon concerts on many Sunday afternoons and Wednesday early evenings.
To confirm recital times ring the Department of Music & Dance at the University of Kansas on 785/864-3436.
The Farmer's Market, every Saturday morning from May thru October...the Community Mercantile (known as the Merc), one of the best natural foods stores I've ever been in...Wells Overlook, about five miles south of town on U.S. 59...the old residential areas in Old West and Barker neighborhood, for great architecture and gardens
These maps are out side the old depot that now holds the visitor center. Inside the depot you can get maps of the city streets. You can also get maps that will give you a self guided tour of the historic sites in Lawrence. You can get maps to all the things in Lawrence I still have not been to and could not tell you about. I hope on future visits to Lawrence that I can see the Wilcox Classical Museum, Lawrence Indian Center, the Haskell Indian Nations University Gallery of Art or see one of the 'pow wows' there.
One of the antique stores in Lawrence. One thing about antique stores is that you can see items from my country's history. Unlike a museum, where you can only look at them, in this kind of store you can pick things up and look at them more closely. You can even buy them if you wish... but watch out or they will charge you too much.
If you come in to Lawrence from the north there is an outdoor shopping center that has a visitor information place in it. I think it is actually some kind of highway patrol office but there are racks full of brochures about Lawrence there that are free to take.
Lawrence is a beautiful city. Across the river from the city hall you will see this sand art of giant flowers on the river bank. KU campus has great old buildings on rolling hills. Massachusets street is lined with trees.
Riverfront mall is now being converted to a Marriot hotel of some kind. I used to look for eagles on the river here and I hope I can again after the new hotel opens up.