Kansas and Missouri’s National Heritage Area – one of the Nation’s 55 NHAs. Boasts more than 200 sites in 41 counties that tell the nationally significant stories of Shaping the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas Border War, and the enduring struggle for freedom.


Mon-Fri 9am-4pm; closed for New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Check before visiting to ensure that staff is available if seeking a guided tour.

Contact Information

PO Box 526
200 W 9th St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: 785-856-5300

Location Type

Interpretive Signs
National Register of Historic Places

Site Info

AC / Heating
Group Meeting Room
Group Tours
Water Fountain
Wheel Chair Accessible

The Carnegie Building was built in 1902 and housed the Lawrence Public Library until the 1970s. The new library, a heritage area partner, is now located two blocks down Vermont. When Langston Hughes was a boy in Lawrence, Kansas, the Carnegie was often where he could be found.

On the upper level of the building, the Heritage Room gives a brief overview of the history of the region on three walls. The Kansas-Nebraska Room documents the conflict and compromise that began to ignite the border war in Missouri and Kansas that led to Civil War in the nation. If you collect National Park Service Passport Cancellation Stamps, this is where you’ll find ours. (Note: This room is usually open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. If you are here when the Carnegie is closed, and want a passport cancellation sent to you, email information@freedomsfrontier.org.)

Freedom’s Frontier staff are officed in the lower level, along with Explore Lawrence offices, and a conference room.

The Carnegie is a Lawrence Park and Recreation Department building, and is often rented out for wedding receptions, parties and other events. For rental information, call (785) 832-7920.

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