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 Public Tours

Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 am to 1 pm
Other times of the week, Call  785 234 6097
Suggested Admission Fee for Ritchie House
$.50 Students, $2.00 Adults.
Our Fall Walking tours will get underway this month
August 21st at 3pm  Tour of the Hicks Block Apartments at 6th and Tyler with Bryan Falk
September 18th at 3pm We will tour Mount Hope Cemetery with Ben Coates and
October 9th at 12:30pm we will have a presentation and tour of the Topeka Zoo with Zoo Horticulturalist Rick Knight
Presentations at the Cox Center at 3pm
November 6th    Brittany Crabtree Stiffler on Topeka Collegiate celebrating 40 years
November 13th   David Randall on his new Book
Monster Bones which features Barnum Brown of Carbondale
November 20th  3pm  Discussion on Abandoned Topeka    Emily Cowan


All events are free to Historical Society members and non members will be assessed $5 a piece to participate.




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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