Get a Nose for History at the Watkins

Spring is a season for the senses: step outside and you’re likely to hear birds chirping, feel the sun on your neck, and smell flowers and newly cut grass.

But you can also get a sensory experience indoors at the Watkins. This week we unveiled a brand-new interactive display that allows young visitors to touch, smell, and see history like never before.

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Interior of the Leeder store at 9th and Massachusetts streets in 1902. What did all this merchandise feel and smell like? Our new interactive display gives kids a sensory insight into early Lawrence. (Watkins collection.)

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Located on the second floor and developed by Abby Magariel, Watkins education and programs coordinator, Life in Early Lawrence features six stations and a laminated guide designed for child visitors. Kids will pull out the original bank teller drawers and count old-fashioned money, learn about life as a Civil War soldier, and even smell some of the smells of 1800’s Lawrence! These are just a few examples of the sensory experience that awaits participants in this exciting interactive display.

Life in Early Lawrence offers ample opportunities for a unique learning experience, making it ideal both for class activities and free time with the family. So bring the kids to the Watkins for some hands-on (and nose-on) history!