"Building Tomorrow Today": Clinton Lake and the Flood of 1951

This exhibit follows the evolution of Clinton Lake from the Flood of 1951, which acted as an impetus for lake construction, to the initial stages of planning and the eventual completion of the dam and surrounding parks. Clinton Lake served as a point of serious contention between various stakeholders, including local residents, city planners, and federal engineers.

This is an online version of a physical exhibit that was on display in Kenneth Spencer Research Library from January to February 2024 and created by Claire Cox, Public Services Student Assistant and KU Graduate Student in History. It also accompanies a blog post entitled "'Building Tomorrow Today': Clinton Lake and the Flood of 1951."

The brochure to the left describes the Clinton Lake and Dam project. It is from the Subject Files on Kansas Topics Collection that was compiled and maintained at the Lawrence Public Library Osma (Local History) Room, now housed in Kenneth Spencer Research Library (Call Number: RH MS 977, box 18, folder 17).