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The 2011 SCHS Bulletin #85 is The Capital's Storied Capitols, 1856-1886. Editors were Douglass W. Wallace, Jeanne Christie Mithen, and Chris Meinhardt. Copies are $29.99 at the Kansas Museum of History Gift Shop. 1/19/2012
"Suprises await those who
take a chance on Topeka
"--insights of a visitor to Kansas. Read the article, which includes SCHS's John Ritchie House.
The Civil War Roundtable of Eastern Kansas meets the last Thursday of each month at the Cox Communication Heritage Education Center, 1118 SE Madison, Topeka.
Meetings of the CWRT are free and open to the public. Membership is $15 annually and pays the fees/expenses of speakers. Past presenters have included Wiley Sword, Michael Burlingame, and the Pulitzer-nominated author, Fred Chiaventone.
Civil War Sesquicentennial
1861-1864 | 2011-2014
A Civil War Timeline —NYTimes
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SCHS Annual Meeting
Sunday, December 8, 2013, 2-4 PM
Hale Ritchie property , 1118 SE Madison
Focus will be on business of the Society, plus speaker Cherrita (Sherri) Camp, author of African American Topeka, a new book in the "Images of America" series published by Acadis Publications.
Refreshments, door prizes and buidling tours are included in plans. All are welcome to attend!
Antiques Roadshow Meets Estate Sale was held
Saturday, September 28
Trails Gallery and Market, 109 N Kansas Ave.
A permanent space now exists atTrails Market (just south of the Kaw River, west side of Kansas Av.).
Topeka and Shawnee County History participated in the Topeka Community Foundation's Topeka Gives fair at Fairlawn Mall, June 19
Affordable housing company bids highest for Dillon House —Megan Hart, Topeka Capital-Journal, 6/25/2013
Education Committee reports: SCHS is partnering with PBS's American Experience and historypin.com for their abolitionist project and documentary. The John/Mary Jane Ritchie story, taking part in the Underground Railroad.
See Abolitionist Map of America.
The history of the
Ritchie House is mentioned in regard to Topeka history, the Westboro Baptist Church and the Rainbow House: on the
Rainbow Hub blog, 6/7/2013
Want to "experience" history as you tour the Ritchie House? Add "John Ritchie: Radical of Radicals" to your group tour.
This "first person" interpretation of John Ritchie by George Bernheimer, lets you "meet" the man and hear his story of helping make Kansas a Free State, and assisting freedom seekers as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.
Make arrangements for this addition to your group tour, which is available at no charge, through the Ritchie House. Allow an additional 50 minutes for your tour time. Additional information available at www.lvnghstry.org