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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

All events will be held at 3pm except this coming Sunday.

March 3rd          Former Romper Room's Miss Nancy and former head of the United Way, Nancy Perry joins us at 3pm at ​1118 SE Madison

March 10th  3pm  Robert Chitwood will talk about old Shawnee County Schools at the Cox Center at 1118 SE Madison

March 17th   At 3pm Our annual Show and Tell program.  Bring in your historic items and tell about its significance.  1118 SE Madison.

March 24   at 3pm Steve Dodson will speak about Shawnee County baseballCounty at the Cox Center 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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