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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:

July 9th at 3pm at the Kansas Turnpike building on South Topeka.  David Jacobson, head of the KTA Engineering Department, will lead a tour of the new building and talk about the history of the KTA


August 13th at 3pm   There will be a walking tour of the  the Fallout shelter at the Shawnee County Courthouse with director of Emergency Preparedness Dusty Nichols. This tour is capped at 30 so we will have to have people sign up in advance.  We have it for the 20th as well as the 13th if there is enough interest.  Contact the society at to make reservations.


September  Historic Homes Tour     1-5pm  Date to be determined    Cost $75


October 1st :  Tour of Topeka Cemetery with Lisa Sandmeyer


November: Possible tour of the Kansas National Guard Museum


December 3rd at Noon

Annual Meeting   $35 for lunch
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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