Untold stories will be heard during special exhibit and walking tour exploring Lawrence’s diverse community
photo by: Kathy Hanks
Underrepresented groups of people in Lawrence should become more visible through an exhibit that will open Saturday at the Murphy-Bromelsick House in Hobbs Park.
The exhibit, organized by members of the Eastside People’s Intercultural Center, or Epicenter, “Untold Stories: Douglas County Social Movements from 1968 to 2018,” has a companion piece, the “People’s History of East Lawrence Walking Tour.”
Both the exhibit and the tour explore the stories of underrepresented groups, said Alex Kimball Williams, one of the group coordinators. Included in the exhibit will be material from such groups as Kansas Key Press, C.J. Brune Radical Library, Food Not Bombs and Wakarusa Wetlands.
The Epicenter is using the Murphy-Bromelsick House, at the corner of East 10th and Delaware streets, which is owned by the city, for the free exhibit funded by the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council and the Cultural Heritage Grant.
The door opens at 6 p.m. Saturday. At 7 p.m. Epicenter members will give presentations about Lawrence’s history. From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday and the following weekends through Sept. 29, the house will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. for people to view the exhibit.
In conjunction with the exhibit will be the “People’s History of East Lawrence Walking Tour,” a self-guided tour that people will be able to upload on their cellphones, Kimball Williams said.
Free maps will be available inside the Murphy-Bromelsick House when the exhibit opens. Or maps can be found on the Epicenter website https://www.epicenterks.com/tour.
“People can go on foot or by car and take a self-guided tour, which will last an hour or a little more,” Kimball Williams said. While people can go on the tour any time, they can stop at the Murphy-Bromelsick House and ask questions when the exhibit is open.
The tour has 10 stops in East Lawrence, each with particular social, cultural or historical importance in shaping Lawrence. The activity is funded by Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area.
Some of the sites are in the vicinity of homes where private individuals are currently living.
“Don’t knock on the doors; people can view the sites from the street or sidewalk,” Kimball Williams said.
The Epicenter was created to bring together the diverse cultures and underrepresented groups in Lawrence, especially people of color, according to a news release from the group. They sponsor events and projects that explore the intersections of art, culture and social change. While they don’t have their own building, they often host meetings in a community room at the Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave.
Along with Kimball Williams, coordinating members of Epicenter are Dave Loewenstein, Connie Fiorella Fitzpatrick, Christopher Santee, Tai Amri Spann-Ryan and Leah Evans.