Lawrence, Kansas’s history has been shaped by its storytellers. This event is meant to inspire students to affect change in their community through storytelling. Students will go on a virtual tour through Lawrence’s storytelling history and watch a video interview with a professional storyteller. Then, through a video by the museum education team, they’ll be led through a guided journaling activity where they will create a space to share their stories and plan ways to enact change. When the event is over, they can log on to a community forum to share their ideas and collaborate with other students on their work.
The Douglas County Historical Society, operating the Watkins Museum of History, promotes civic engagement by supporting the preservation, research, and interpretation of county history through active exhibits and thought-provoking educational programs for the public.
The Watkins Museum serves as a center of community interaction, using diverse perspectives and experiences with stories of the past to inform the present and illuminate the future of the community.