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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  2024 Programs

All events will be held at 3pm


January 14th Jeff Carson will take us on a walking tour of the Jayhawk Theater  7th and Jackson


January 21st  3pm  Sara Neiswanger will speak about her children’s book, Which Hat Will You Wear Today, Cyrus. A book about the work of Cyrus Holiday.   This will be presented at 1118 SE Madison


January 28th   3PM Ken Gott will talk about Steamboats on the Kansas River at the Cox Center at 1118 SE Madison. 

February 4th Doneta Colbach On the Media company Newtek at 3pm at the Cox Center 1118 Madison

February 18th  3pm   Chris Ridley will talk about his books which feature sports figures at Washburn Rural High School.  This program will also be at the Cox Center at 1118 SE Madison

February 25th   Pete Stauffer will talk about his family media's influence in Topeka and the Midwest.  His presentation will be at the Cox Center at 1118 SE Madison.  

March 10th   Robert Chitwood will talk about old Shawnee County Schools at the Cox Center at 1118 SE Madison

March 17th   Our annual Show and Tell program.  Bring in your historic items and tell about its significance.  1118 SE Madison.



All programs are free to Historical Society members however non members will be asked to donate $5  to attend.   To buy a ticket to the annual luncheon in December, click below or send in your money to PO Box 2201 Topeka, Kansas 66601

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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