Want to bring history to life with an historic performance at your school, meeting, or next Ritchie House tour? Schedule a visit from Mrs. Mary Jane Ritchie: click here for more information.

How can I become involved with the education initiative?

Contact Robin Shrimplin at robin.shrimplin@hotmail.com for more information on how you can become an important part of the Shawnee County Historical Society Education Initiative.




Shawnee County Historical Society Education Initiative

Welcome educators!

Tours of the Ritchie House are available. Contact Robin Shrimplin (robin.shrimplin@hotmail.com) for more information or to make an appointment.

History After School (to come)



-Download teachers' flyer

TEACHERS!!! NOW AVAILABLE OUR NEW TRAVELING TRUNK "TERRITORIAL/CIVIL WAR KANSAS. It contains primary/secondary resources, maps, reading cards, activities, lesson plans, games, DVD's and more. The trunk will be available for teachers to "check-out" for a 4-week period to use in their classroom.

Educator Melinda Abitz has created a wonderful new lesson plan!!
"THE KILLING OF LEONARD ARMS: The Trial of John Ritchie Upon The Shooting And Death of Deputy U.S. Marshal Leonard Arms."


Click picture to view lesson plan

This site contains resources, lesson plans, and activities to help teachers and students teach and learn about Kansas and American history. The links below provide educators with primary and secondary resource. The Shawnee County Historical Society Education Initiative will continue to add to this website on a regular basis. Please visit often.

BP Gift to the Shawnee County Historical Society Education Initiative

OPEN HOUSE - NOVEMBER 2008 Information and Pictures!

"ON THE PATH TO FREEDOM" event - July 2008 - Event Wrap-Up (Infomation & Pictures)


Contact David Pownell at david.pownell@washburn.edu with comments about this site.