Special Tours Available for Groups and Organizations
Our Sunday 3pm Zoom meetings begin June 13th with a discussion about the New Washburn Law building. James Concannon and President Jerry Farley will be our guests. If you want a link, please send a request to
Lighting Freedom's Pathway;
Building Heritage & Culture
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.
It was 167 years ago, May 30th the Kansas Nebraska Act became law and that action led to Topeka, Lawrence, and Manhattan being founded by the end of the year in 1854.
The Kansas-Nebraska Act repealed the Missouri Compromise, creating two new territories,(Kansas and Nebraska) and allowed for popular sovereignty. It also produced a violent uprising known as “Bleeding Kansas,” as pro slavery and antislavery activists flooded into the territories to sway the vote.
Learn more about the Bleeding Kansas struggle by visiting the Ritchie House(the oldest house in Topeka) at 1116 SE Madison, Tuesday thru Thursday 9 to 1pm. You will learn about the quest for freedom in the 1850's and how Topeka fit into this struggle.
Shawnee County Historical Society Historical Highlights