For week 12 of our Kansas sesquicentennial series, we’re commemorating the first day of spring and its association with renewal by taking a closer look at Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton, a native Wellsville, Kansas artist who discovered a hidden talent late in life and was in many ways, “reborn”.
“Elizabeth Layton began drawing in 1977 at the age of 68 when she took a drawing class at a local university. Art became more than therapy for Layton—it saved her life.” 
About 52 for 150
Every object has a story, and stories build history. To celebrate 150 years of Kansas statehood we’re featuring 52 objects (or collections of related objects)—something new each week throughout the year—from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s 130-year-old special, and permanent collections, that represent our collective state history and cultural diversity.
Our collections are available for teachers, students, researchers and general interest, and we hope this online video program will provide insight into what’s so “special” about Special Collections. Your library’s commitment to collecting art and preserving local history makes it possible for users today and in the future to have immediate access to invaluable research material and cultural artifacts.
To make an appointment to see work by Elizabeth Layton, or get help finding books about her work, call or stop by the Sabatini Gallery (785-580-4515). We’re located on your right just beyond the Library rotunda entrance.