Charity Rouse

Charity Rouse

Charity Rouse

Charity is a Public Service Specialist working with genealogy and local history reference in the Topeka Room & Genealogy area. Her start at the library came as a genealogy researcher. In early 2009, she became a genealogy volunteer and in May 2010 she came to work at library. She earned her Master of Library Science from Emporia State University in December 2011. She also holds a Master of Sacred Music degree from the Boston University School of Theology and a BA in Music with an emphasis in voice from the University of Richmond. Her love of music and books overlaps in her collection of over 200 hymnals, including many from around the turn of the 20th century. When not making music, she can be found working on her family genealogy, weaving and reading.

Victorian Christmas Traditions

This program looks at how many of our current Christmas traditions developed or gained popularity during the Victorian era (1837-1901). The traditions include the sending of Christmas cards, the singing of Christmas carols, and the exchange of gifts, among others.

Kansas Songs Through the Years

This program looks at Kansas through the eyes of Kansas poets and songwriters, many of whom lived and worked in Topeka.  The songs are drawn from the John W. Ripley Sheet Music Collection and a collection of Kansas-related sheet music in the library’s Special Collections.  A tuned piano is necessary for the presentation of this program.

Why do I Geek Genealogy?

A quick look at researching your family history, why you might want to, how to get started, and some things I have learned about my family through my research.