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Shawnee County Historical Society
Cox Communications Heritage Education Center

The Historic John & Mary Jane Ritchie House and the Bleeding Kansas era
1116-1118 SE Madison Avenue 
P.O. Box 2201
Topeka, KS 66601

Phone: 785-234-6097
Emergency Phone: 785-224-4156
Historic Ritchie House Tours are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 am to 1 pm    Other times of the week, Call  785 234 6097
Admission Fee for Ritchie House
$.50 Students, $2.00 Adults.
Upcoming  Programs

​2023 Programs:
​ February 5th 3pm
Washburn Professor Eric McHenry will talk about the poet, playwright and author Langston Hughes who used to live in Topeka by Zoom at 3pm.  If you want a link to the program, send an email to
February 12th   3pm  Super Bowl
                           no program
February 19th 3pm by Zoom
Cheryl Brown Henderson on her perspective of Brown V Board
February 26th  3pm
Dave Fisher on Abolitionist Rev.  Fisher
March 5th    3pm
Curtis Pitts on the past, present and future of Topeka Technical Institute
All programs are free to Historical Society members however non members will be asked to donate $5  to attend.

Are you interested in Lithographs of Old Areas of Shawnee county?   We have five of them for sale for $15 a piece plus shipping and handling. 

Click here to see the view of Tecumseh in 1869

Click here to see old Topeka Buildings

Click here to see Topeka in 1869

Click here to see Topeka in 1880
Click here to see a Map of the Great Plains
If you are interested call 785 234 6097 or send us an email at

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