2014 Officers:

2014 Trustees:

  • George Bernheimer
  • Debra Goodrich Bisel
  • Jon Boursaw
  • Jacqueline Bugg
  • David J. Heinemann
  • Susan K. Hudgens
  • Chris Keeshan
  • Duane Pomeroy
  • Christine Steinkuehler
  • Bill Wagnon
  • Jill Wolters
  • Doug Wright

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box [graphic] 2013 SCHS Annual Meeting Dec. 8, 2013
box [graphic] 4th Annual Ancestor Fair
Oct. 19, 2013
box [graphic] Antiques Roadshow Meets Estate Sale
Sept. 28, 2013
box [graphic] Promoting Kaw River at Willard for Kansas Tourism Aug.14, 2013
box [graphic] Ice Cream SocialAug.4, 2013
box [graphic] Project ArcheologyJuly,, 2013
box [graphic] Life on the Oregon TrailJuly 10, 2013
box [graphic] Security Benefit History Camp for KidsJune, 2013
box [graphic] History of Uniontown & Potawatomi SettlementsJune 5, 2013
box [graphic] 2013 SCHS Preservation AwardsSun., May 19, 2013
box [graphic] Documenting & marking pre-territorial trails May 12, 2013
box [graphic] Highland Park Central Tour Jan.28, 2013
box [graphic] Capital Area Explorers Open House Jan.12, 2013

2013 Officers:

2013 Trustees:

  • George Bernheimer
  • Debra Goodrich Bisel
  • Jon Boursaw
  • Jacqueline Bugg
  • David J. Heinemann
  • Susan K. Hudgens
  • Jeanne Christie Mithen
  • Duane Pomeroy
  • Bill Wagnon
  • Douglass Wallace
  • Jill Wolters
  • Doug Wright

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box [graphic] 2012 SCHS Annual Meeting Sunday, December 2, 2012
box [graphic] Christmas Tree & History Promotion December, 2012
box [graphic] Civil War Roundtable of Eastern KS Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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box [graphic] KSHS "Ancestor Fair" Saturday, October 20, 2012
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box [graphic] More Shared Stories of the Civil War— Sundays, Sept./Oct., 2012
box [graphic] Ice Cream Social/Band Concert Sunday, August 5, 2012
box [graphic] 2012 History Camp for Kids
Super Saturdays
box [graphic] 2012 Preservation Awards Sunday, May 6, 2012
box [graphic] Attic Sale Saturday, May 5, 2012
box [graphic] Freedom Seekers, video premiere Sunday, Apr. 1, 2012
box [graphic] Shared Stories of the Civil WarFour on Sundays, Feb., 2012

2012 Officers:

2012 Trustees:

  • Debra Bisel
  • Jeff Carson
  • Ricki S. Cobler
  • Tara Dimick
  • Hal Gardner
  • David J. Heinemann
  • Jeanne Christie Mithen
  • Murl Riedel
  • Martie Rison
  • Chris Schultz
  • Carlton Scroggins
  • Joan Wagnon
  • Doug Wallace
  • Jill Wolters
  • Doug Wright

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box [graphic] 2011 Annual Meeting Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011
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Fall Open House Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011
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History Camp for Kids — Four weekly camps in June, 2011
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Forging Freedom's PathwaySunday, June 11, 2011
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Donor Recognition Event Sunday, May 29, 2011
box [graphic] 2011 Preservation AwardsSunday, May. 1, 2011
box [graphic] Hale Ritchie House Tour First Public Use, May 1, 2011
box [graphic] Hale Ritchie House, First Trustee Mtg. Apr. 19, 2011

box [graphic] John Ritchie House Open Houses. Saturdays, Apr., 2011

2011 Officers:

2011 Trustees:

  • Jeff Carson
  • Tara Dimick
  • Hal Gardner
  • Debra Goodrich Bisel
  • David J. Heinemann
  • Laura Higbee
  • Kristina "Kris" Klima
  • Jeanne Mithen
  • Murl Reidel
  • Chris Schultz
  • Carlton Scroggins
  • Ustaine Talley
  • Joan Wagnon
  • Doug Wallace
  • Jill Wolters
  • Doug Wright

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Slave Chasers Face Judge Lynch: Vigilante Justice in Kansas on the Eve of the Civil War, a research paper by Leon B. Graves, independent researcher, was published as a lesson within Kansas History, 7th Grade Kansas History Standard, Benchmark 2—a piece of our Educational Initiative. Benchmark 2 states: "The student understands individuals, groups, ideas, events, and developments during Kansas Territory and the Civil War (1854-1865)."
Read this document as a PDF file
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Read the article, "Life of a Building, 501 Jackson," by SCHS trustee Deb Goodrich-Bisel, in TK magazine, Summer 2011 issue, pp. 54-58. This issue is available on-line at www.tkmagazine.com, complete with photos of the red brick building known as the "Crawford Building,"


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2010 Annual Meeting Wrap-up Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010
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Hale Ritchie House Tour Dec. 5, following Annual Meeting
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Kansas Capitals/Topeka Capitols Sunday, Oct.24, 2010
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Hale Ritchie House Barebones Tour
Summer, 2010
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2010 Preservation Awards Sunday, May. 2, 2010

Ltr-to-the-Editor: Historical Culture as Economic Opportunity (pdf)

2010 Officers:

2010 Trustees:

  • Kim Morse Cordova
  • Jeff Carson
  • Hal Gardner
  • David J. Heinemann
  • Laura Higbee
  • Kristina "Kris" Klima
  • Jeanne Mithen
  • Chris Schultz
  • Carlton Scroggins
  • Ustaine Talley
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Joan Wagnon
  • Doug Wallace
  • Jack Wisman

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From Kaw Teepee to Capitol, the story of Charles CurtisFrom Kaw Teepee to Capitol:
The Story of Charles Curtis
by Don C. Seitz, ©1928, with new material by owner of the Charles Curtis House, Nova Cottrell
This special reprint includes historical photos of Charles Curtis, his ancestors and descendants. It also includes a beautiful full-color selection of photos of the interior of Curtis's home at 1101 SW Topeka Blvd. This book is available in a special Limited Edition (200 copies) hard-cover, 132 pages, with a colorful dustjacket, at $50/ea. from Lloyd Zimmer Books and Maps, 1175 SW 6th Av., Topeka. The Curtis House is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and at other times by appointment. Appointments may be made by calling (785) 597-5380 or (785) 357-1371.
See also: "Charles Curtis book finished," by Mike Hall, Topeka Capital-Journal, 5/3/2010
The Kansas Humanities Council announces a special edition Statehood Speakers Bureau commemorating Kansas 150, the 150th anniversary of Statehood.  71 presentations are available now through December 31, 2011.  A complete list of speakers, topics, and booking instructions can be found at  www.kansashumanities.org.
St. Joseph twin spiresSpires for All Time:
The Art & History of St. Joseph German Catholic Church

This new book is available at the St. Joseph Rectory office, 227 SW Van Buren St., on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. Books are also available at Sacred Heart Rectory on Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to Noon. Cost is $40.00 per book. To make other arrangements to get a book, please call and leave a message at 232-2863, or e-mail.

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box [graphic] 2009 Annual Meeting Wrap-up Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 Preservation Tour 2009
box [graphic] 2009 Preservation AwardsSunday, May. 17, 2009

2009 Officers:

2009 Trustees:

  • Sonja Czarnecki
  • Kim Cordova Morse
  • Jeanne Mithen
  • Shawn Powers
  • Paul Schroer
  • Chris Schultz
  • Carlton Scroggins
  • Ustaine Talley
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Joan Wagnon
  • Doug Wallace
  • Jack Wisman

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Our 2008 SCHS Bulletin, Vol. 83, Dec. 2008, Bungalow Homes for the Nation: The L.F. Garlinghouse Co. of Topeka, was edited by Max Movosvitz (formerly of Topeka, now of Jacksonville, FL), with trustee Jeanne Mithen as assistant editor. The work covers home designed and built by the Bungalow Homes, v. 83, SCHS BulletinGarlinghouse Company of Topeka and mail order catalogs of bungalow home floorplans and detailing as published by the Topeka company 1916-1986.
    Additional copies of this Bulletin are available, $20. each + tax, in Topeka at the Kansas State Historical Society Gift Shop, Lloyd Zimmer's Books and Maps, and the TSCPL Booktique ($20 library price includes tax). In Jacksonville, FL, the book may be purchased at The Book Nook. Or...prepay by mail @ $25. including shipping from SCHS.


See listing of all SCHS Bulletins still available for purchase!


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box [graphic] 2008 Annual Meeting Wrap-up Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008
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2008
Ritchie Open House Saturdays, November, 2008
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2008
On the Path to Freedom Celebration July 25, 2008
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Preservation AwardsSunday, May. 4, 2008
box [graphic] Mary Ritchie Jarboe Memorial ServiceApril 26, 2008

2008 Officers:

2008 Trustees:

  • Jan Leuenberger
  • Walt Hillmer
  • Jack Wisman
  • Kathryn Hosfelt
  • Doug Wallace
  • Janet Loebel
  • Jeanne Mithen
  • Susan Marchant
  • Kim Morse
  • Joe Pennington
  • Carlton Scroggins
  • Michael Bradley
  • Shaun Powers
  • Anne Spiess

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Before Kansas Bled, Vol. 82 Bulletin    SCHS Bulletin, Vol. 82, Sept. 2007, Before Kansas Bled, covers the earliest history of Shawnee County...from the lay of the land before settlement, the indigenous Kansa tribe, other Indian tribes being moved westward into Kansas Territory, arrival of Chief Abram B. Burnett, and the eventual encroachment of white settlers.
    Additional copies of this Bulletin are available, $25. each, at the Kansas State Historical Society Store and at Lloyd Zimmer's Books and Maps.


SBA Tower Building, Menninger Hill, TopekaSt. Francis Hospital of Topeka purchased property on Menninger Hill in Topeka. Concern over fate of the historic Tower Building, once the Security Benefit Association Hospital, has been put to rest. St. Francis Chief Executive Officer Mike Schrader voiced plans to tear down all buildings except the clock tower during a three-month demolition process in Spring, 2008. Read article in the Topeka Capital-Journal, Apr. 14, 2008. 4/17/2008


box [graphic] Society Newsletters
      • November 2008 — PDF file
      • September 2008 — PDF file

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box [graphic] 2007 Business in review
box [graphic] 2007 Annual Meeting Wrap-up Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007
box [graphic] 2007 Preservation Awards Sunday, May. 6, 2007

2007 Officers:

2007 Trustees:

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

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Board meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month at 4 PM at the Topeka and Shawnee County Library, 4 pm.
Read past Executive Committee Minutes (includes 2006 and after)

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The Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review has nominated eight properties to the Register of Historic Kansas Places. Among sites noted were two Topeka sites. 11/2/2007


Doug Jones resigns from SCHS Board. Resignation letter posted.

Ritchie House receives Landmark designation!
Bill Wagnon is pleased to report that the Topeka City Council
voted 9-0 to approve the Landmark designation for the Historic Ritchie
House on August 15, 2006. Read details.


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      • October 2007 — PDF file
      • August 2007 — PDF file

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box [graphic] 2006 Business in review

box [graphic] 2006 Annual Meeting Wrap-up Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006

box [graphic] 2006 Executive Committee:

box [graphic] 2006 Trustees:

  • Jack Alexander
  • Marcia Saville
  • Dorothy Hill
  • Frances Hollie
  • Rowena Horr
  • Jack Wisman
  • Betty Bomar
  • Matt Tomlinson
  • Bill Wagnon
  • Betty Paxson
  • Anne Spiess
  • Doug Jones
  • Bryce Benedict
  • Walt Hillmer
  • Dennis Vasques

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 DATE LOCATION PURPOSE
Minutes

 January 17

Ross Row House

Exec. Committee

 February 21 821 Western Exec. Committee

 March 21

Monroe School Trustee Meeting
 April 8—Special Monroe School Trustee Meeting
 April 18 Monroe School Exec. Committee
 May 16 Monroe School Exec. Committee
 June 20 Monroe School Trustee Meeting
 July 18 821 Western Exec. Committee
 August 15 TSCPL Exec. Committee
 September 19 TSCPL Trustee Meeting
 October 17 TSCPL Exec. Committee
 November 21 TSCPL Exec. Committee
 December 3 C. Curtis Home Annual Mtg., 2pm


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Constitution Hall, Free State Legislature, TopekaCommemoration:
The 150th Anniversary
of the Dispersion of the
Free State Topeka Legislature

 
Monday, July 3, 2006
Topeka/Shawnee County
Public Library

Special remarks by Terry Bullock
Dedication of the Constitution Hall Mural
Sponsored by The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and the Friends of the Free State Capitol.
see photos from these events


Lucinda Todd Education Center
   On November 16, 2006 at 6:30pm, a resolution was signed, at the weekly USD 501 School Board Meeting, renaming the Hope Street Academy as the Lucinda Todd Education Center. The new Lucinda Todd Education Center was dedicated on May 17, 2007. 
  
Lucinda Todd was the only black Topeka Educator who was an activist in the local Chapter of the NAACP before and during the Brown case. She was the only black Topeka Educator who was a plaintiff in the case. Her activism paved the way for all former black educators whose names appear on several other Topeka Schools. Read: Lucinda Todd Education Center Dedicated —Topeka C-J, 5/18/2007

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box [graphic] 2005 Business in review

box [graphic] 2005 Annual Meeting Wrap-up Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005

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go to photo essay on Hicks Block apartments3/2005 Trustee Meeting
was held March 15, Hicks Block Apartments
See a photo essay on Hicks block

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box [graphic] 2004 Business in review

box [graphic] 2004 Executive Committee:

box [graphic] 2004 Trustees:

  • Beth Fager
  • James McClain
  • Matt Tomlinson
  • Jack Wisman
  • Peter Gierer
  • Eric Kjorlie
  • Bryce Benedict
  • Carol Turner
  • Walt Hilmer
  • R.E. "Tuck" Duncan
  • Doug Jones
  • Marcia C. Saville

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box [graphic] Sesquicentennial, Embracing Our HeritageMay 3, 2004

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2003 Annual Meeting:
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003
Fire Station #2

KS Trial Lawyers Association
719 Van Buren

 
Tour of renovated station and 2004 plans + refreshments.
80th Bulletin
of the Shawnee County Historical Society,
Holliday Park: Heart and Spirit of the City
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Society Online Archives
About the Society, Shawnee County Historical Society, Topeka and Shawnee County, Kansas
About the Society
Shawnee County Historical Society logo
Topeka & Shawnee County, Kansas
Focus on History
Focus on Preservation
Educational Initiative

May Uniontown Event & Tour:Willard Bridge over the Kansas River, near Oregon Trail crossing

2013 SCHS Preservation Awards:
2013 SCHS Preservation Awards Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 Preservation Awards

2012 Attic Sale

2012 Shared Stories
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2011
Freedom's Pathway event
Freedoms Pathway event

President Schultz
speaks to the media
Chris Schultz before the media

Donor Recognition ceremonyDonor Recognition ceremony

2011 Preservation Awards2011 Preservation Awards

Hale Ritchie preservation completeHale Ritchie renovation complete

"Birdman took flight 100 years ago." A.K. Longren
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Annual Meeting 2010
Chris Schultz, president

Hale Ritchie House Dec. tour
Hale Ritchie House Tour for December

RIP: Betty Leech, 1921-2010
Great grand daughter of
John and Mary Jane Ritchie

Kansas Capitals:Topeka Capitols
10-24-2010
Senate stained glass

Hale Ritchie Renovation
Read plans for use in the Topeka Capital-Journal
Photos taken
10-6-10 by Robin Shrimplin Hale Ritchie Renovation

front view rear view

Heirs of Topeka businessman Guilford Gage gave a portion of his farm to the city in 1899, specifying its use as a public park.
—read more... Monkey Island, Gage Park, Topeka, KS Gage Pool, Gage Park, Topeka, KS

photo provided by Walt Hillmer
Hillmer's Leather closing

Biddle building, called Old Main, Topeka State Hospital grounds, view 2 demolished
Old Center Building
Demolition project, 7/2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THS Panel Discussion—
The Trojans & the Ramblers
Miss LibertyTopeka Cemetery
Preservation Tour 2009