Connecting To Our Past: Topeka Constitutional Convention

Wed | Oct. 23 | 6:00–7:00pm | Marvin Auditorium

Special guest Crosby Kemper III explains his family lineage as descendant of Rufus Crosby Kemper, who at the age of 21 was the youngest signer of the Topeka Constitution at the convention in 1855. The Topeka Constitution, a hand-written document which was lost for more than 150 years, has been found by The National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The preamble to the Topeka Constitution

The preamble to the Topeka Constitution

Kemper will discuss his family’s ties to Kansas history. Don Lambert, a writer and historian, will share how The National Archives discovered it. The constitution will not be here, but copies of the first page will be available for viewing.

Stick around to get some tips about searching your family history from librarians who are experts. Take a tour of the Topeka Room (second floor) to uncover more of your past or dig up state-related facts.

Inspect Liberty Village, a small display of miniature buildings from the era, including the unveiling of a mini rendition of Constitution Hall, which is where the Topeka Constitutional Convention was held.

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