Days of the Dead

The Watkins Museum of History has opened this year’s Days of the Dead exhibit on the third floor of the museum.


  • Ongoing: until Wednesday, December 1, 2010
  • Tuesday: 10:00am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am
  • Thursday: 10:00am
  • Friday: 10:00am
  • Saturday: 10:00am
  • Where: Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Dia de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican-Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday commemorates All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years and to an Aztec festival. The exhibit explores how the celebration fosters continued connections between the living and the dead. Included in the exhibit are fragile items made from wood, clay and paper that explore the holiday’s traditions. Traditions connected with the holiday include skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.

The exhibit provides the public and students from USD 497 and area schools the chance to engage in a visual cultural experience. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursday. The exhibit closes Dec. 1.

For more information contact Brittany Keegan, acting curator at 785-841-4109

This event was posted Oct. 24, 2010 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014


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