Schools' Field Trips:
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Topeka History Geeks,
a free Facebook site for
individuals who love the city of Topeka and treasure her history.
The 2011 SCHS Bulletin #85 is The Capital's Storied Capitols, 1856-1886. Editors were Douglass W. Wallace, Jeanne Christie Mithen, and Chris Meinhardt. Copies are $29.99 at the Kansas Museum of History Gift Shop. 1/19/2012
"Suprises await those who
take a chance on Topeka
"--insights of a visitor to Kansas. Read the article, which includes SCHS's John Ritchie House.
The Civil War Roundtable of Eastern Kansas meets the last Thursday of each month at the Cox Communication Heritage Education Center, 1118 SE Madison, Topeka.
Meetings of the CWRT are free and open to the public. Membership is $15 annually and pays the fees/expenses of speakers. Past presenters have included Wiley Sword, Michael Burlingame, and the Pulitzer-nominated author, Fred Chiaventone.
Civil War Sesquicentennial
1861-1864 | 2011-2014
A Civil War Timeline —NYTimes
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who enjoy learning how our community came to be what
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SCHS Newsletter On-line only:
Watch "The Address," a documentary by Ken Burns, about delivery of the the Gettysburg Address by Abe Lincoln, to be shown on PBS, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Also--consider memorizing and reciting the Gettysburg Address on video. (It's not long--fewer than 300 words. It can be recited in 2 minutes or less). Then share your video on the PBS web site—between now and April 15. Become a part of the action in celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address!
Lakewood Middle School students came from Salina to visit the Kansas Capitol, Ritchie House and Brown v. Board NHS. Watch a video of the trip, provided by The Salina Journal.
Celebrity Pancake Feed
Sat., Apr. 26, 2014
Topeka's Combat Air Museum.
Details are on their flyer...
Education Committee reports: SCHS is partnering with PBS's American Experience and historypin.com for their abolitionist project and documentary. The John/Mary Jane Ritchie story, taking part in the Underground Railroad.
See Abolitionist Map of America.
The history of the
Ritchie House is mentioned in regard to Topeka history, the Westboro Baptist Church and the Rainbow House: on the
Rainbow Hub blog, 6/7/2013
Want to "experience" history as you tour the Ritchie House? Add "John Ritchie: Radical of Radicals" to your group tour.
This "first person" interpretation of John Ritchie by George Bernheimer, lets you "meet" the man and hear his story of helping make Kansas a Free State, and assisting freedom seekers as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.
Make arrangements for this addition to your group tour, which is available at no charge, through the Ritchie House. Allow an additional 50 minutes for your tour time. Additional information available at www.lvnghstry.org