From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 7, 1972:
The second division of the Douglas County District Court had been authorized by the Kansas Supreme Court in March to ease the county's judicial overload, but it had no home until today. Under terms of an agreement signed by the County Commission and the Douglas County Historical Society, the county would be permitted temporary use of the second floor of the Elizabeth M. Watkins museum located at 11th and Massachusetts. The building, formerly the Watkins Bank and then the home of Lawrence's City Hall offices, recently had become the property of the historical society and was governed by a board of trustees appointed by the society. The trustees had decided to lease the space due to the need for courtroom space and the fact that the second floor would not be needed immediately for museum display purposes.