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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
The Historic Ritchie House is open  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  2024 Programs

Friday June 14th     3pm   Tour of Water Works plant    Limit of 25 for event.   Patrons will need to contact SCHS to be on the tour. Learn about the old wading pool.  


June 23rd     3pm A tour of Grace Episcopal Church with Don Chubb at 8th and Tyler

July 21st at 3pm  Katherine Meinhardt

will give a tour of Forest Park located near 8th and Carnahan.  Click here for what's there.


August 18th   a tour of the Topeka Performing Arts Center with Beth Fager and John Hunter.   TPAC is located at 8th and Quincy and we will meet at the Box office

October 20th at 3pm  A Tour of the Carousel at Gage Park with Anne Stauffer.   Gage Park is located at 6th and Gage

November TBD    A 3pm tour of the Woodward House at 1272 SW Fillmore

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

Please help the Society by signing up with Dillon's and designate your purchases to help the Society.   It It won't cost you a thing and will help us. Click here and scroll down the page to see how to sign up.


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