Monthly Programs

The Topeka Genealogical Society presents monthly programs on topics of genealogical and historical interest, featuring local speakers. Meetings are on the fourth Thursday evening of each month (no meetings in April, November or December), beginning at 7:00pm, and are held at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library unless otherwise noted in the events calendar.  These programs are free, and open to the general public.
 
2020 Programs:
 
January 23: Civilian Conservation Corps, presented by Tod Bevitt
The Civilian Conservation Corps was arguably one of Roosevelt's most successful New Deal programs. The C.C.C. was a program of conservation and construction that changed the lives of over three million men and their families. For the past 10 years, Tod Bevitt has been studying the C.C.C. in Kansas, researching the men, their camps and the projects they completed. In 2018, he and his wife contracted with the Kansas Historical Society to document what remains of the C.C.C. camps in Kansas. His presentation will give an overview of the impacts of the Kansas C.C.C. Tod Bevitt is the owner and principal investigator for Buried Past Consulting, LLC, performing cultural resource investigations throughout the state of Kansas and the Great Plains. 
 
February 27: Civil War Veterans Buried at Rochester Cemetery
Students from Mr. Nathan McAlister’s Seaman High School history class wil report on their project to research and document every veteran of the Civil War buried in Rochester Cemetery. They will share their methods and findings. 
 
March 26: Cemetery Records at Mount Hope Cemetery  
Mr. Fred Holroyd, a volunteer at Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka, has recently organized and digitized the cemetery’s records. As the former Vice-President of Penwell Mortuary, he is knowledgeable about funeral and burial customs in this area and has a wealth of information to share. Currently, Mr. Holyroyd is working to identify veterans buried at the cemetery without headstones and then is applying to the government for headstones.
 
May 28: Finding Military Records and the Kansas National Guard Museum  
Master Sergeant Jeremy Byers, Command Historian for the Kansas Army and Air National Guard, will present information on how to access both public records and specific records for veterans of the U. S. military. He will also share resources available at the National Guard museum located here in Topeka at Forbes Field.
 
June 25: Martha Farnsworth, Kansas Womens' Suffragette
Megan Rohleder, senior archivist at the Kansas Historical Society will introduce you to Martha Farnsworth who worked tirelessly to earn Kansas women the right to vote in 1912. Martha kept diaries throughout her life that shed light on Topeka and times in which she lived. You can follow Martha on Twitter at #MarthaMakesHistory
 
July 23: Program Details to be Announced
 
August 27: Program Details to be Announced
 
September 24: Program Details to be Announced
 
October 22: Program Details to be Announced