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


December 4th  2pm  
Annual Meeting at Overland    Station   Topic: Harvey Girls   Cost is $25  To attend.   If you want to be included,  Please send a check to PO Box 2201 Topeka, Kansas 66601 or Press  the button to pay by paypal or credit card to secure your place for a meal December 4th.  Thank you
​2023 Programs:
January 8th at 3pm  
Ann Anderson discusses Mid Century Living   in Person at 1118 SE Madison
January 15th  3pm
Stepson to the Mob, living in Topeka as part of the witness protection program    This is by zoom
January 22nd   3pm
Chris Kramer on American Native Drums and Spirituality
January 29th   3pm
Valerie Mendoza   Struggles for Equality Before and After  Brown v. Board   in Person at 1118 SE Madison
February 5th 3pm
Eric McHenry on Langston Hughes
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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It's Giving Tuesday: November 29th 
   where non profits like the Shawnee County Historical    Society are seeking donations.   We are hoping you will make a special donation to the Historical Society which helps supports the operation of the Ritchie House, the oldest house in Topeka and the last surviving site of the Underground Railroad in Topeka.

    The Shawnee County Historical Society operates the site at 1116 SE Madison and needs your assistance.   Please Make a one time donation today to the Shawnee County Historical Society using your major credit card or PayPal account to help us preserve and promote the history in our area.  Donations are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by the IRS under 501(c)(3) rules. Just click the button below to proceed and Thank you