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Join the Watkins!

Become a member and help us share the stories of our community

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Lawrence and Douglas County have a rich history. The Watkins Museum shares that history and provides fresh perspectives on the stories that shape our community. Join the Watkins to participate in fun and innovative programs and exhibits, preserve our historical resources for future generations, and show pride in our heritage as we look to our future. Help support our mission to encourage civic engagement and receive members-only benefits as our thanks.

Friend of the Watkins

Student $15/year
Individual $50/year

  • Quarterly Watkins newsletter
  • One discounted ticket for all Watkins programs/workshops/tours
  • Quarterly Downtown Lawrence Passport offering deals and discounts
  • Members-only exhibit previews

Household $75/year

  • Includes all individual and Kids Club benefits plus:
  • Discounted tickets to Watkins programs for all household members

DCHS Memberships

Associate $100-249/year

  • Includes all Household benefits plus:
  • Your name listed in annual report
  • 10% discount on research fees
  • Vote for members of the Douglas County Historical Society Board of Directors

Supporter $250-499/year

  • Includes all Associate benefits plus:
  • Your name listed on donor board
  • 15% discount on research fees
  • Two complimentary tickets to Civil War on the Western Frontier tours

Patron $500-999/year

  • Includes all Supporter benefits plus:
  • 25% discount on research fees
  • Annual field trip/guided behind-the-scenes tour at area historic site or museum

Benefactor $1000+/year

  • Includes all Patron benefits plus:
  • 50% discount on rental fee for a private event
  • Invitation to annual major donors’ event

J.B. Watkins Circle Fellows

  • $2,500 sponsors receive Benefactor-level benefits plus the option to sponsor a program or event
  • $5,000 sponsors receive Benefactor-level benefits plus the option to sponsor a changing exhibit, program series, or major event
  • If you are interested in becoming a J.B. Fellow, please contact Steve Nowak at (785) 841-4109 or