Focus on History
The 2011 Bulletin
covers the Capitols of Topeka
, a special Kansas Sesquicentennial edition featuring gems of Kansas statehood history in the Topeka/Shawnee County area. Plans are to have this work published before the end of 2010 and available to the public before January 29, 2011, the 150th birthday of our state.
2013 LOCAL HISTORY IN THE NEWS
- Brown v Board details, a letter to the editor by Cheryl Brown Henderson in the Topeka Capital-Journal, 11/17/2013
- Topeka Metro celebrates 40 years providing bus service
City's public transportation continues to evolve —Samantha Foster, Topeka Capital-Journal 10-2-2013
- Topeka Zoo celebrates 80 years since foundation: Facility has been through good times, bad times [includes video], —Ann Marie Bush, Topeka Capital-Journal, 9-22-2013
- Topekans offered unique view to city's transit history
Excavation part of design process for Kansas Avenue project
Includes VIDEO —Thad Allton, Topeka Capital-Journal 9-18-2013
- Airport streets to be named after aviators —Topeka Capital-Journal, 7/12/2013
- The history of the Ritchie House is mentioned on the
Rainbow Hub blog, 6/7/2013
- Artifacts of Hall of Fame inductees featured at Overland Station —Topeka Capital-Journal, 5/31/2013
- Videos tell story of Shawnee Country Club —Tim Hrenchir, Topeka Capital-Journal 11/25/2012
Capitol Dome Tours
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Over 50 thousand people have taken a dome tour at the Kansas State
Capitol since they were reintroduced in January 2006! The 296 steps of this
spectacular tour literally takes the breath away.
The dome is currently closed for renovation and may re-open sometime in 2014. This space will contain tour details once tours re-start.
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The Society has published 81 Bulletins on
the history, culture, and heritage of Topeka and Shawnee County. The Bulletins
are considered the hallmark of the Society.
2013 SCHS CALENDAR
Trustee meeting are held every third Tuesday of the month, 7 pm,
Hale Ritchie House
—Guests & visitors are always welcome!!
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- The Kansas Baseball History Project Links to Topeka and Shawnee Co. baseball players.
- The Kansas Historical Society, in partnership with Ancestry.com, now allows individuals with a valid Kansas driver’s license free access to more than 8 million Kansas records on the popular family history website. Users can access Kansas State Census Records from 1865-1925 (years ending in “5”), Civil War Enlistment Papers of Kansas Volunteer Regiments (1862, 1863, 1868), Russell County Vital and Probate Records, selected World War I manuscripts, and the United Spanish-American War Veterans certificates collections. Starting link here.
- Kansas Memory Online —a feature of the KSHS
- KS historical newspapers—Library of Congress links to on-line versions
- Tales Out of School —a Emporia State University newsletter geared toward Kansas K-12 teachers related to teaching Kansas history
- Freedom's Frontier Nat'l Heritage Area events calendar
- Constitution Hall, Topeka
- The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed
- Topeka High School Historical Society
- The Historic Trail of Brown Vs. Board of Education 10/30/2009
- Kansas History —links galore! 2/17/2009
- History Now —from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, focuses on history of the Old West. 9/26/2006
- Special Collections —special primary and secondary sources at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
- Kansas Heritage Index —links to a wealth of Kansas history info
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Shawnee County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2201
Topeka, KS 66601-2201
Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
• FFNHA website
• FFNHA Aug. 2011 Newsletter
The Shawnee County Historical Society’s mission is to foster a culture of historic preservation and heritage commemoration. It has a lengthy history of collecting and publishing documents and narratives of the county’s history which include shaping of the frontier, the Missouri-Kansas border war, and the enduring struggle for freedom.
The Society’s Landmark Preservation project, the historic Ritchie House, represents the latest in the Society’s efforts to preserve and promote awareness of the area’s rich heritage encapsulating the three themes of FFNHA. The house, built by a Topeka pioneer in 1856, is a pivotal point on the city’s Freedom’s Pathway, connecting the Brown. v. Board of Education NHS and the Capitol of the free state of Kansas.
As the Society completes its education center at the Ritchie House, it expands its education programming to inform and challenge young people and heritage tourists regarding local evidence of the enduring struggle for freedom. It has undertaken an ambitious initiative of create curriculum materials for area schools based on state history and government standards, assisting teachers and their students to master the area’s heritage as an integral part of the American struggle for freedom. In addition to these school curriculum materials, the Society has sponsored and will continue to do so, public programs of heritage awareness that coincides with the mission of FFNHA.
In its regular publications and heritage programming at the Ritchie House the Society looks forward to active partnership with FFNHA.
Historic Shawnee County
The 2009 Bulletinis now available. It covers Topeka's Elmhurst Nieghborhood, including history of Lowman Hill Elementary School, Elmhurst Plaza and the Methodist Home. Neighborhood borders include Boswell, Huntoon, Washburn Av., and 10th St.
Lively Elmhurst is currently available for sale ($20. + tax) at the Booktique at the Topeka and Shawnee Co. Public Library or on-line (@ $25, including cost of shipping) Buy now with your secure PayPal account or a major credit card. 8/30/2010