Barbara is founder & Director of the Kansas Riverkings Museum in Lawrence, KS. She also acts as Administrator for the Wakarusa River Valley Heritage Museum & teaches college classes. Ms. Higgins-Dover has conducted many research projects, published books based on that research, designed music and historical curriculum for young learners. Higgins-Dover is a life long Lawrencian, granddaughter of a Kansas Riverking.

The Kansas Riverkings Museum opened in 2015 in Abe & Jakes Landing on the banks of the Kansas River. The museum tells the story of the Kansas River commercial fishing industry in the Lawrence area from 1870-1970. As Director of the museum, Higgins-Dover & a talented group of young professionals created the documentary “When Kings Reigned.” The film tells the story of the lives of these men and the legal battles they faced. View the film trailer at and the film at screenings Summer 2017. Also, the Kansas Riverkings Museum is partnering with KU Spencer Art Museum for the Living River Festival on July 22, 2017.

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