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Sound Off: Home history

How can Lawrence homeowners research the history of their homes, even if they’re more than 100 years old?

It may take a little digging, but there are resources, said Abby Pierron, education and programs coordinator for the Watkins Community Museum of History. “If you live in an older neighborhood, there’s a good chance that we have some records on that particular spot,” she said. The museum has copies of old city directories as well as specific site files containing information on many older homes and other structures, Pierron said. The county courthouse has additional records. The Watkins research room is open by appointment. Call the museum at 841-4109 to schedule a time. Or attend one of the museum’s upcoming “Who Lived in My House?” programs, which will guide participants through looking up old homes and other buildings in Douglas County. The first is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, and the second is from 2-3 p.m. July 23 at the museum, 1047 Massachusetts St. The free programs are for ages 12 and up, though space is limited. Participants can call to sign up.

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