Historic Information

Visit the Murphy Brommelsick House in Hobbs Park at 11th and Delaware, and read about it’s history in the Murphy Brommelsick House brochure, created after it’s revitalization in 2001.

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Historic Warren Street (East Ninth) Timeline 1819-2016, by Dennis Domer

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History of East Lawrence — An illuminating document from the 1995 East Lawrence Neighborhood Revitalization Act

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Dave Evans! — a repository for the research notes of East Lawrence’s honorary historian Dave Evans.

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Historic Districts in East Lawrence — MORE MAPS!  East Lawrence is home to the North Rhode Island Historic District, the South Rhode Island Historic District, and the East Lawrence Industrial Historic District, listed on both the Douglas County and the National Registries of Historic Places.

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Other homes of historical interest in East Lawrence can be found on the National Register of Historic Places.

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And speaking of historic homes, the Lawrence Preservation Alliance created a handy Guide to Owning a Historic Home, current as of fall 2017.
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Shelly Miller was a rad lady who lived in the neighborhood in the 1990s.  She was hugely influential and significant to our history.  There’s a ShellyJaneMiller website.
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If you’re in love with a 70’s aesthetic, Lawrence in the 1970s is a feast for the eyes.  Many photos in the Public Notice tab depict our neighborhood as it was half a century ago.
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And These!  Oral histories of African American citizens of Lawrence were collected in the late 70s and are archived on this Lawrence Public Library site.  Many stories center on the east side.
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Did you know New York School was built by New Deal workers? https://livingnewdeal.org/projects/new-york-elementary-school-lawrence-ks/?  Here’s an interesting, interactive site about New Deal Project locations and structures still in use, 75 years after FDR! The Living New Deal