Untold Stories: Douglas County Social Movements from 1968-2018, will include material never exhibited before from the collections of the Kansas Key Press, C.J. Brune Radical Library, Food Not Bombs, and Wakarusa Wetlands, among others. Funded by the Douglas County, Heritage Conservation Council (HCC), Natural & Cultural Heritage Grant Program. 

The exhibit will be open to the public on Saturdays & Sundays from August 24th to September 28th of 2019, 1:00pm to 5:00pm 

Location: Murphy-Bromelsick House at the corner of 10th & Delaware in Hobbs Park , Lawrence KS

Free and open to the public

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UNTOLD STORIES: Douglas County Social Movements 1968-2018


1) Food Not Bombs
Various photos and posters

The Food Not Bombs movement started in 1980 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. To our knowledge the first Food Not Bombs chapter in Lawrence KS served at the Social Service League (905 Rhode Island St.) in 1995. Currently, FNB is serving on Monday evenings outside the Lawrence Public Library. Keith McHenry, Co-founder of Food Not Bombs organized the international FNB movement with a 1-800 number and a PO box (located at the Vermont St, Lawrence KS Post Office) in the late 90s, while working with the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. 


2) Solidarity Revolutionary Center and Radical Library
Various posters and photos

Pushed into action by the events of the 1999 World trade organization protests in Seattle, Solidarity! Revolutionary Center and Radical Library was organized as a non-hierarchical collective for the purpose of sharing and distributing information. It employed consensus decision making and valued mutual aid.  It organized and /or hosted many events and actions including, Reclaim the Streets, Food Not Bombs (Banks), Anarchist Black Cross, Free State Against the War occupation of South Park, Save the Tree and countless concerts art shows and meet-ups. Beginning with the Pirate House in 1999, Mother Earth Collective in 2000-01 and Black Cat Collective 2001-02, Solidarity had storefront centers downtown from 2002 – 2009. Their library is now housed at the ECM building and their zine collection is now available on-line at archive.org 

Haskell Wetlands Presentation by Alex Kimball Williams

3) Haskell Wetlands
Posters, infographics and art

The Wetlands have always been a key part to Haskell’s success as an institution. The city-wide struggle of whether or not to construct the South Lawrence Trafficway (SLT) began in the early 1970s and persisted until July 2012 when the highway was officially approved. Restorative and mitigation efforts, mostly on Haskell’s part, have been made to preserve what remains of the once expansive habitat and research area.


4) C. J. Brune Radical Library
Letters to C.J.’s parents regarding her behavior at KU, and photo books of protests from 1990’s – 2000’s

Lifelong activist C. J. Brune was one of the February Sisters who occupied the East Asian Studies building on the KU campus in order to demand expanded opportunities for women on campus. C.J. converted the upstairs of her home into a radical library and meeting place that still exists today.

5) Kansas Key Press
Posters printed in the 1970-80’s

Begun in the early 1970’s to print material that no one else would, Kansas Key Press was located at 416 East 9th St. from 1972 – 1996.   Known in its early years for printing political and social justice related material, along with lots of local concert posters, the business moved to 900 New Jersey St. before being sold to Minuteman Press in 2005.  


6) Haskell Loop
Public Notice, (alternative newspaper) October 1975
Special issue on the Haskell Loop 

In the 1970’s this road was proposed to carry truck traffic from Haskell to 6th St. through the heart of East Lawrence. It was fought by neighbors who prevailed, protecting nearly 40 houses and Municipal Stadium which were marked for destruction.

Thank you

Mark Kaplan
Ailecia Ruscin
John Naramore
Bill Getz
Sally Sanko
Kincaid Dennett
Sunrise Project
City of Lawrence, Parks and Recreation Department

Exhibition Supported by a grant from: