box [graphic] 2007 Annual Meeting Wrap-up — Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007

box [graphic] 2007 Preservation AwardsSunday, May. 6, 2007

2007 Officers:

2007 Trustees:

  • Bryce Benedict
  • Don Chubb
  • Dorothy Hill
  • Walt Hillmer
  • Jan Leuenberger
  • Carlton Scroggins
  • Bill Wagnon
  • Jack Wisman

box [graphic] 2007 SCHS CALENDAR
Board meetings were held every third Tuesday of the month at 4 PM at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library.
Read past 2007 Executive Committee Minutes

The life of Bob Hollie, long-time SCHS member, was memorialized and celebrated at the Bradbury Thompson Center, Washburn University, on on September 8, 2007. If you wish to remember Bob, please make a gift in his name to the Topeka Boys and Girls Club, the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Foundation, the Ritchie House Project, or to the Pamela G. Hollie Fund at Washburn University. —9/9/07

2007 Historic Preservation Awards
The awards ceremony on Sunday, May 6, 2007, for the Topeka Landmarks Commission and Shawnee County Historical Society was a first-time collaboration. Awards were presented at Grace Episcopal Church, 701 SW 8th Av, Topeka, 3:30 p.m. In 2007 the cathedral celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding in Topeka. Light refreshments and socializing surrounded the awards ceremony.
     Among the new Topeka landmarks awarded were the Ritchie House, 1118 S.E. Madison, and Constitution Hall, located at 427 and 429 S. Kansas Ave.
    The Shawnee County Historical Society honored the following recepients:

Read more in Cap-Journal: Ceremony highlights preservation efforts.


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2007 Report

About the Society

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crowd gatheredSanta Fe Place building, 600 S.E. Madison J.D. Lakhani, center, came to the U.S. from India in 1973.Phil Thatcher, 102, accepted an award for his daughter, Sarah McNeive, awarded postumiously.
Jeremy Barclay, Vice Chair of the Landmarks Commission, presents their awards.Chris Meinhardt, accepting Landmarks Commission award for Constitution Hall.Bill Wagnon accepts Landmarks Commission award for work on the John Ritchie House.Tim Paris accepts Landmarks Commission award for his preservation efforts.Tim Paris, Planner with the City of Topeka, and representative of the Landmarks Commission.Annie Spiess, Shawnee County Historical Society presidentVery Rev. Steve Lipscomb,Grace Episcopal Church
Doug Wallace with friends of SCHS.Doug Jones presents Shawnee County Historical Society 2007 Preservation Awards.Christy Davis spoke of the fight to save Menninger Tower on Tower Hill, Topeka.Doug Wallace was recognized for historical research and writing.Eldon Sloan accepting an award for his help in preserving the stained glass windows at Grace Episcopal Cathedral.Daughter and father of honoree Sarah McNeive.
Shawnee County Historical Society's new logo appears on a bannerCongregation members of Grace Cathedral pose for a group photo after the ceremony.Don Chubb gave a lecture on the 150-year history of Grace Episcopal ChurchDon Chubb also touched on this history of Stormont-Vail Hospital and Topeka High School. Their stories interweave with church history.

Grace Episcopal Church, Topeka
Architect's drawing of a church facade that was not used.Grace Episcopal Cathedral, seen from the east.Grace Episcopal Cathedral, seen from the west.Covered walkway between community building (west) and cathedral (east)
Stained glass windows, east side of front entryStained glass window, church interior, west wall.Church interior.Arched door into covered walkway.

2007 Annual Meeting
Sun., Dec. 2
Bradbury Thompson Center, Washburn campus

Anne Spiess, 2007 President Doug Jones spoke of Freedom's Frontier National Historic Pathway Bill Wagnon spoke of Ritchie House project Don Lambert spoke of Territorial Kansas heritage Harriet Macnish spoke of homes in Westboro Neighborhood of Topeka Doug Wallace spoke of the history of Westboro Mart Shopping Center
Doug Wallace, Mrs. Hatke and others Doug Jones and Jan Leuenbarger speak with SCHS member audience 1 chatting
audience 2 food 1 SCHS materials on display Poinsettia was door prize
enjoying Underground Railroad display chatting 3 more food Jon Kuhn art glass, second level, Bradbury Thompson Center
Robin Shrimplin with Ritchie House educational materials Ritchie House materials Underground Railroad path into Nebraska from Topeka, Kansas Early Westboro Neighborhood home in photo scrapbok Westboro home drawing and early lake watercolor
Members of new board meet after the general meeting Anne Spiess and her son audience 3


Before Kansas Bled, Vol. 82 Bulletin Vol. 82, Sept. 2007
Before Kansas Bled
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