Kansas History with Governor and Mrs. Robinson

On Wednesday, January 30 at 7pm 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.

Dr. Charles Robinson was an early settler in Kansas, moving here in 1854 as an agent of the Emigrant Aid Society. He was a leader in the free-state movement, and on January 15, 1856, was elected Kansas’ first Governor. He took office following Kansas’ admission to statehood and served from February 9, 1861–January 12, 1863. He wrote The Kansas Conflict, published in 1892, about his experiences in shaping early Kansas history.

Mrs. Sara T. D. Lawrence Robinson moved to Kansas in 1855 and chronicled the everyday life of Kansans in her book Kansas, Its Interior and Exterior Life, published in 1856.

Early Kansas History and more about the Robinson’s is featured in a display case on the second floor of the library.  To see (and read) the Robinson’s books, visit the Topeka Room (204).

For more information please call the Topeka Room at 785-580-4510.

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.