An NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art

About Lawrence

We’re so excited about the possibility of welcoming you to Lawrence, the University of Kansas, and the Spencer Museum of Art! Please use this page to learn more about your host, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the details and logistics of your stay during the workshops. We’ve tried to anticipate your questions and your needs, but don’t hesitate to be in touch with project staff if you need more information. Please note that the workshops aim to be fully inclusive and allow access for all, so we will work with participants to ensure appropriate accommodations can be made for those with differing physical or learning abilities.

Located in the forested hills of northeastern Kansas next to Interstate 70, the City of Lawrence is a diverse and multifaceted city that provides many of the amenities of a large metropolitan area while still maintaining a strong sense of community. Just 45 minutes west of Kansas City and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital, Lawrence is home to about 90,000 residents.  Founded in 1854 by the New England Emigrant Aid Society, Lawrence offers a rich and fascinating history, a wide range of exciting cultural experiences, and nationally recognized educational institutions.  The historic downtown of Lawrence features one of the most beautiful main streets in America and boasts one of the most vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment districts in the Midwest. A free, downloadable visitor’s guide offers tips about where to dine, shop, and explore this friendly, active, and culturally diverse city.

In advance of your stay, you may download maps of the city, including a new mobile-friendly version. Lawrence boasts a wide variety of restaurants that appeal to a range of tastes and preferences, and many local favorites are within walking distance of the SpringHill Suites.




Dates of Workshop Sessions

Session I: June 18-24, 2017 

Session II: July 9-15, 2017

Contact Information

Cassandra Mesick Braun, Project Co-Director: | 785-864-6794

Celka StraughnProject Co-Director: | 785-864-0136

Sydney PurselProject Intern: | 785-864-5253

The University of Kansas
Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045  | 785-864-4710

Spencer Museum of Art University of Kansas

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