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.

Early Kansas HistoryThe “Early Kansas History” display case features the state seal of Kansas; Topeka’s Constitution Hall; the state’s original first couple, Charles and Sara Robinson; and early books about Kansas by the Robinsons’ and others.

Rex Stout: Topeka's Man of Mysteries“Rex Stout: Topeka’s Man of Mysteries” showcases the Nero Wolfe mysteries written by Rex Stout, Topeka High School class of 1903. In our collection, we have many different editions of Rex Stout’s books, including foreign language editions.

Zula Bennington Greene, better known as “Peggy of the Flint Hills” is highlighted in the flat display case. She was a long-time columnist for the Topeka Daily Capital & Topeka Capital-Journal writing more than 15,800 columns during her career.

Albert Shutt and Maude Shreffler performed on WIBW Radio and published their compositions.

In the display case near the Menninger Room (206), we highlight two Topeka musicians and their music. Albert Shutt & Maude Shreffler wrote and performed music in Topeka over long careers. They were heard over WIBW Radio and published many of their compositions.

To find out more about any of the items on display, please visit the Topeka Room (204) and we’ll be happy to tell you more.

Charity Rouse

Charity is a Public Service Specialist working with genealogy and local history reference in the Topeka Room/Genealogy. Her start at TSCPL came as a genealogy researcher soon after the Baker Genealogy Center opened in November 2007. In early 2009, she became a Genealogy volunteer and in May 2010 she came to work at TSCPL. She earned her Master of Library Science degree from Emporia State University in December 2011. One of her favorite times of year is when the Topeka Room is decked out for the holidays.