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New African American Newspaper Collection!

Explore African American history, culture and experience from the 16th through 20th centuries. The new database includes 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience from more than 35 states.

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Does Genealogy Illustrate History?

Yes, it does! Genealogy Librarian presents unpublished manuscript at the 2014 Underground Railroad Conference in Detroit (July 16-20, 2014), along with the genealogy of a local resident. The genealogy includes Joseph Kennedy (J. K.) and Mary Worrell (Smith) Hudson. Each who has made their mark on Topeka history.

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From Branches to Bookmobiles

Did you know for a time the library had branches? It did. Through a creative partnership with school district the Library placed branches in 6 public schools by 1932. Some were open only during the school day, others during the summer. All served children as well as adults. By the end of the era of […]

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Make Plans to Attend the Neighborhood Fair

Learn about the history of your neighborhood and the city of Topeka at the Neighborhood Fair May 10 from 10am-3pm. Meet and mingle with community members as you learn about Topeka’s culture and heritage.

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]