My name is Robin Shrimplin and I am the education consultant for the Shawnee County Historical Society. I wanted to let your group know about the open house we are holding at the historic Ritchie House (built 1856) every Saturday in April from 10 am to 2 pm. The house is located in downtown Topeka (3 blocks east of the water tower) at 1116 SE Madison. The event is free and open to the public.
The Ritchie family were abolitionists and were part of the Underground Railroad network in Kansas. We are celebrating that history this April with
corresponding activities as follows:
April 4th - 10:30 am Performance: "The Underground Railroad In Kansas" by historian and educator Anne Hawkins as Mary Jane Ritchie.
April 4th - 1:00 pm Especially for Elementary Age Students: Special reading of the book, "Almost To Freedom" and a talk about the Underground Railroad in Kansas.
April 11th - 1:00 pm Especially for Secondary Teachers: A presentation about our new traveling trunk "Territorial/ Civil War Kansas."
April 18th - 10:30 am Performance: "The Underground Railroad in Kansas" by historian and educator Anne Hawkins as Mary Jane Ritchie. A
April 18th - 1:00 pm Especially for Secondary Teachers: Presentation on our new lesson plan: "The Killing of Leonard Arms: The Trial of John Ritchie Upon the Shooting and Death of Deputy U.S. Marshal Leonard Arms."
April 25th - Morning Discussion "Forts In Kansas" led by Tanner Carlson (our student intern from Washburn University)
April 25th - 1:00 pm Especially for Elementary Age Students: Special reading of the book, "Almost To Freedom" and a talk about the Underground Railroad in Kansas.
Please feel free to contact me for more information. My phone number
is 785-232-5622. Also feel free to visit our website.
For more information about our performer, Anne Hawkins, visit HistoricPerformance.com.
We hope to see your group at the open house!