Occasional Mayhem”

Local Crime and Punishment the Focus of New Exhibit at the Watkins Museum


  • Categories: Museum exhibits
  • Event posted: May 22, 2013
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

Crime and punishment have long been serious matters in Lawrence. The new exhibit “Occasional Mayhem” at the Watkins Museum, will open to the public on Friday, May 31, as part of the monthly Final Fridays celebration. The public is invited to view the exhibition and enjoy a reception and live musical entertainment from 6-8 PM.

The exhibit examines ideas of what is criminal, and how crimes should be handled as society determines what is “right” and “wrong.” The exhibit looks at how crime—and punishments for those crimes—in Douglas County and the United States have changed from the time of Lawrence’s founding to the present day. Artifacts from the museum’s collection and loans from the Lawrence Police department are featured. The exhibit was developed and produced by a team of four graduate students in the Museum Studies Program at the University of Kansas.

For more information on the Final Friday event, contact the Watkins Museum at 785-841-4109, or visit the museum online at watkinsmuseum.org. The Watkins Museum is located at 1047 Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence.


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