Lawrence was founded in 1854 by the New England Emigrant Aid Society in an effort to keep the territory free from slavery. It is said that Lawrence is one of the few cities in the U.S. founded strictly for political reasons. Today, the city is a diverse and multifaceted haven of nearly 90,000 that offers many of the amenities of a large metropolitan area, while still maintaining a strong sense of community. Located in Northeast Kansas, the city is about 45 minutes west of Kansas City, and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital.
Lawrence offers a rich and fascinating history: Dr. James Naismith, inventor of basketball, is buried in Lawrence, where he lived and coached most of his adult life; the boyhood home of writer and poet Langston Hughes, whose novel "Not Without Laughter" is said to be based on his life in Lawrence; the home of Beat Generation writer and artist William S. Burroughs. In short, Lawrence is a very desirable place to live.
For information about Lawrence, go to the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau website.