One man's story of genealogy research at the library

Obituary Reveals Details of Family Tragedy

Searching for your family history? Make your first stop our second floor, where you’ll find a room just for researching Topeka and Topekans. Learn how Mark found relatives he never knew existed.

Topeka Room Tour — The Bossler Foyer

Welcome to the first room in the Topeka Room Suite. It is the Keith and Bette Bossler Foyer. In this space is the staff desk, as well as art and architectural remnants with links to Topeka’s past.  I’ll just highlight a couple of items here. To see more, please visit us in person. When you […]

Welcome to the Topeka Room suite!

Come on in!  You can find us on the second floor of the library in Room 204. The Topeka Room suite houses our Local History and Genealogy collections and resources. The suite consists of four rooms including the Keith and Bette Bossler Foyer, the research room, the Dr. Phillip and Betty Baker Genealogy Center, and […]

Attend the 2013 Kansas Ancestor Fair

Learn about genealogy research at the FREE 4th Annual Ancestor Fair Saturday October 19 at the Kansas Historical Society. Researchers of all experience levels will find something to pique their interest or move their research project along.

Family History Research Starts in the Topeka Room

The library has the tools and the staff to assist you in your genealogical research, and one such “tool” that’s very popular is our obituary request service. The Topeka Room has more than 170,000 obituaries indexed from Topeka newspapers from 1906 to present and is available 24/7 online.

Kansas Author Sharon Highberger

Topeka author Sharon Highberger will shares her spiritual journey in Dancing with Depression: A Spiritual Pathway for Recovery from Darkness to Light. Pick up your own copy and meet more than 50 Kansas author at Great Writers, Right Here on Saturday, December 12, 1-4 pm in Marvin Auditorium. In this book, Sharon shares her inspiring and […]

Summer Reading with Topeka Authors

This summer the Topeka Room helps celebrate our summer reading themes of “Dig into Reading” and “Groundbreaking Reads” by featuring books by a variety of authors with Topeka connections in the display cases on the second floor.  A sampling of fiction, children’s books, poetry, graphic novels, and plays have been chosen from the Topeka Room […]

Displays on the Second Floor Spring 2013

Next time you’re in the library, take time to come upstairs and explore our displays featuring items from our Special Collections. This spring we are featuring Early Kansas History, Rex Stout: Topeka’s Man of Mysteries, Peggy of the Flint Hills and Topeka Sheet Music. The “Early Kansas History” display case features the state seal of […]

Kansas Author Esther Luttrell

Join us in Marvin Auditorium on Satruday, December 12, 1-4 pm to meet over 50 Kansas authors, including Esther Luttrell, at Great Writers, Right Here. In Invitation to a Murder when Doug Stafford phoned in the dead of the night from Topeka, Kansas, Dena Brooke was sitting in her Florida beach cottage, trying to decide […]

Kansas History with Governor and Mrs. Robinson

On January 30 in Marvin Auditorium Room 101C, we celebrate Kansas’ birthday (January 29) with a visit from Kansas’ first Governor, Gov. Charles Robinson & his wife Sara. Join reenacters Steven & Suzanne Germes of the Lecompton Players as they bring the early history of Kansas to life through their portrayals of the Robinsons.