October 3, 2010: Hale Ritchie House Bare Bones Tour
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Weather was perfect for a tour of progress on finishing the Cox Communication Heritage Culture Center.
—Photos by Dave Heinemann
April 2010 Historic Ritchie House Open Houses
Kids Story Time— Apr. 10, 2010, 10 AM.
Historical Performance —— Apr. 10, 2010,1 PM, Anne Hawkins as Mary Jane Ritchie
Mary Jane Ritchie (Anne Hawkins) showing the participants where the runaway slaves hid on their trip to freedom.
November 2009 Historic Ritchie House Open Houses
|Chanute High School History Club, Sept, 19,2009
Ritchie House Tour
Event photos by Carol Yoho
|Event photos by Melinda Abitz|
Open House was held every Saturday in April, 2009 @ Ritchie stone house, 1116 SE Madison
by Carol Yoho
The new "Territorial/Clivil War Kansas" Traveling Trunk was shared with educators. Almost To Freedom book was read to children visiting, using the dolls contributed by Beverly Radefeld. There were discussions about the Underground Railroad in Kansas and the participation of the Ritchie family and their contemporaries. Anne Hawkins reinacted history as Mary Jane Ritchie on two separate Saturdays. Melinda Abitz discussed "The Killing Leonard Arms: The Trail of John Ritchie Upon the Shooting and Death of Deputy U.S. Marshal Leonard Arms on April 18. On April 25 "Forts In Kansas" research was shared by SCHS/Washburn student intern Tanner Carlson.
History After School, spring semester 2009 schedule [a PDF file].
Robin Shrimplin, SCHS Educational consultant, put together a display in the lobby of the Washburn University Student Union for History Day, a regional educational event for junior high and high school students, held Sat., February 28, 2009, 8 am to 1 pm at Washburn University in Topeka. Robin was available to answer student questions from 8-10:30 am, then helped get certificates ready for the winners and participants in the late morning. Winners of the Washburn event will give presentations and poster sessions at the annual statewide event later this spring. —3/1/2009, Event photos by Carol Yoho
Our thanks to KWU-Channel 11, Topeka, for their kind support of our Education Initiative. —2/25/2009
I wanted to share with you a little about today's tour--there were eight students (ranging from 4 years old to 11) and three moms. They spent almost an hour and a half learning the early history of Topeka and Kansas and also about the Underground Railroad. The little 4-year-old noticed the slave doll and the corresponding book and so we sat down on the floor in the front room and I read them the story Almost To Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. They were excited about the education center and can't wait to "tour" it and are planning on coming back for the open house in April. I sent them off with Ritchie Reading cards as well as many brochures and information about the website—and of course, an application for membership with the Shawnee County Historical Society. They took pictures of the inside and outside of the house as well as of their group there. —Robin Shrimplin, Ed. Committee Chair —2/24/2009
The new Ritchie Reading Cards for 3-5 grade students are now available on our website. —Robin Shrimplin, Ed. Committee Chair —2/4/2009
Last night, SCHS along with the Washburn History Department hosted a performance/ discussion by Anne Hawkins and Bruce MacTavish on the Underground Railroad. Anne did her wonderful performance of Mary Jane Ritchie to a standing room audience of about 75. There were high school students, Washburn students, and other members of the broader Topeka community present. I want to thank Anne and Bruce for their talents, and Robin Shrimplin for her efforts, as always.
—Kim Morse, Ed. Committee Chair —1/30/2009
Bill Wagnon reports: Robin and I had a very enjoyable hour with Deb Goodrich this morning broadcast on 1440 Radio. we promoted BP and talked a lot about the education initiative and why it was important. —1/27/2009
Topeka & Shawnee County, Kansas