52 for 150: What’s So Special About Your Library’s Stained Glass Windows?

For week 30 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series we’re taking a closer look at the Library’s various stained glass windows. Six are from the original 1883 Library located on the Statehouse grounds, two were commissioned from artist Mark Anschutz for the Library’s grand re-opening for the Topeka Room and a triptych from the Woodward family home, originally in Lawrence until Chester Woodward relocated his family to Topeka around 1920 (now the Woodward Inns on Fillmore).

52 for 150: What’s So Special About Your Library’s City Directories?

For week 29 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series we’re taking a closer look at our City Directories. The Topeka Room has an extensive collection of Topeka city directories dating from 1870 to the present. These directories can be helpful in establishing the year a house was built, as well as the names and occupations of previous residents.