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 Kansas 150 Celebration   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.

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Capitol Tours
The Kansas State Capitol has been through twelve years of restoration--with the work completed and the Capitol officially dedicated in a ceremony on Kansas Day, January 29, 2014. The building has been reopened to tours:
     Building hours are 8 AM to 5 PM, Mon.-Fri.; 8 AM to 1 PM Sat.; closed Sundays and state holidays.
     Historic Tours, Jan.- May: 9/10/11 AM, 1/2/3 PM, Mon.-Fri.
     Historic Tours, Jun.- Dec.: 9/11 AM, 1/3 PM, Mon.-Fri.

Over 50 thousand people have taken a dome tour at the Kansas State Capitol since dome tours were reintroduced in January 2006. The 296 steps of this spectacular tour literally takes the breath away.
     Dome Tours, Jan.-May: 9:30/10:15/11:15 AM, 12:15/1:15/2:15/3:15 PM, Mon.-Fri.

The Kansas Capitol has limited underground parking for visitors. There is no fee to enter the Capitol during business hours. Tours are provided by the Kansas Historical Society.

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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.

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Trustee meeting are held every third Tuesday of the month, 7 pm,
Hale Ritchie House

Guests & visitors are always welcome!!

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Shawnee County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2201
Topeka, KS 66601-2201

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Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area
• FFNHA website
• FFNHA Aug. 2011 Newsletter

Partnership Commitment

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
Historic Shawnee County, new glossy book available

Elmhurst CoverThe 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

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