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Current Exhibit

Living Sovereignty: Sustaining Indigenous Autonomy in "Indian Territory" Kansas

August 31 - October 28

The power of sovereignty, or the right to self-rule, is an ongoing struggle for indigenous people of the North America. This display, created by the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, Kansas, follows the history of the indigenous people of Kansas as the western border of the United States pushed into that region in nineteenth century and spread beyond it. Follow these nations’ stories and their fight for tribal self-governance within an increasingly homogenized American society.

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Upcoming Exhibits...

2023 Exhibit Schedule

Simple Living in Complex Times: Home Life in the 1930s

April 5 - July 1

Plains, Terrains, and Landscape Change

July 12 - August 26

Living Sovereignty: Sustaining Indigenous Autonomy in “Indian Territory” Kansas

August 30 – October 28

Holiday Toys

November 1 - December 9

Past Exhibits

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Simple Living in Complex Times: Home Life in the 1930s

April 5 - July 1, 2023

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Holiday Toys

November 2 - December 10, 2022

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Atkins-Johnson Through the Eyes of Young Artist

August 3 - October 22, 2022

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The Age of Progressive Reform, Creating Modern America from 1900-1917

July 6 - July 30, 2022

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Clay County Bicentennial: The Exhibit

April 6 - June 25, 2022

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Holiday Toys

November 3 - December 11, 2021

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A Place for All People: Introducing the National Museum of African American History

August 4 - October 23, 2021

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Freedom: A History of Us

July 7 - July 31, 2021

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Missouri Bicentennial: Celebrating 200 years of Missouri History

April 7 - June 26, 2021

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Votes for Women

August 5 - December 12, 2020

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Little Bee, Big Deal: Honey Bees and Their Amazing World

June 3 - July 25, 2020

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Holiday Toys

November 6 - December 14, 2019

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All Hallows Eve: Halloween History and Symbolism

September 4, November 2, 2019

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Big Shoal: Church, Cemetery, Community

April 10 - August 24, 2019

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Holiday Toys

October 31 - December 8, 2018

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Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny Real and Imagined

September 5 - October 20, 2018

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Parlor Games: American Families at Play

July 5 - August 25, 2018

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Still Beauty: Scenes From An American Farm

April 11 - June 23, 2018

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Apron Strings: Ties to the Past

September 6 - October 21, 2017

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Clay County Cooking

June 7 - August 26, 2017

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Over Here: America's at Home During WWI

April 5 - May 20, 2017

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Holiday Toy

November 30 - December 17

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The Many Faces of George Washington

November 2 - November 19, 2016

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Drawn to Fashion: 100 Years of Clothing in Print

July 20 - October 22, 2016

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Archaeology: What's Under the Farm?

April 6 - July 9, 2016

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Mapping Missouri: Maps from the Collection of the Missouri State Archives

September 30 - December 12, 2015

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America's Fairs: Educating Communites

July 29 - September 12, 2015

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Good Manners: Everyday Etiquette Past and Present

May 27 - July 18, 2015

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Abraham Lincoln: A Man of His Time, A Man for All Times

April 15 - May 9, 2015

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A Shadow Over the Earth: The Life and Death of Passenger Pigeon

September 24 - December 13, 2014

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Life of a Reenactor

May 28 - September 6, 2014

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Victorian Love Tokens

February 14 - May 10, 2014

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Holiday Toys

December 4-14, 2013

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Homestead Act 150th Anniversary

September 7 - November 23, 2013

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Farm Life: A Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors

April 27 - August 31, 2013

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