2020 Heartland Family History Conference
 April 3-4, 2020
   Things to Do While in Topeka – Stay and Play!
 
 
Family History Research Opportunities
 
Topeka Genealogical Society Library, 2717 SE Indiana Avenue.  M,W,Th 1-4pm; Sat 10am – 3pm.  Extensive collection of genealogical resource materials, including most U.S. states. Online Catalog
 
Kansas Historical Society Archives, 6425 SW 6th Street. Open Tues-Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm.  
 
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library,  1515 SW 10th. Open M-F 9am – 9pm, Sat 9am – 6pm, Sun Noon – 9pm. Genealogy and local history collection upstairs in the Topeka Room
 
Midwest Genealogy Center - 3440 S Lee's Summit Rd, Independence, MO.  One of the top 10 Genealogy Research facilities in the U.S.!  Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 1-8pm.  (816) 252-7228.  
 
Places of Historic Interest
 
Kansas State Capitol – 8th Avenue between Harrison & Van Buren Streets. Open 8am-5pm M-F, 10am – 4pm Sat. 
 
Kansas Museum of History – 6425 SW 6th Street. Open 9am – 5pm Tues-Sat, 1pm-5pm Sun.  
 
Historic John & Mary Ritchie House- 1116 SE Madison St. (Early territorial Kansas settlers, abolitionist, house was a station on the Underground Railroad and is considered to be Topeka’s oldest home)  Tours Tue, Wed, Thur  9am – 1pm. (785) 234-6097
 
Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education, National Historic Site – 1515 SE Monroe St. Open 9am – 5pm daily. (785) 354-4273.  
 
Charles Curtis House Museum – 1101 SW Topeka Blvd.  Open by appointment. (785) 357-1371 
 
Old Prairie Town and Botanical Gardens at Ward-Meade Park - A 5.5-acre open-air museum, park and historic site. 124 NW Fillmore St. Open 8am – Dusk; closed Mondays. (785) 251-2989 
 
Great Overland Station – A beautifully restored historic Train Depot. 701 N. Kansas Ave. Open Tue-Sat 10am-4pm.
 
Museum of the Kansas National Guard –The museum has a wide variety of print, document and multimedia sources for doing research on the Kansas National Guard, including unit rosters, soldier records, photographs, movies and personal accounts. 1255 SE Airport Drive. Open Mon-Sat, 10am – 4pm. (785) 862-1020. 
 
Combat Air Museum – View displays of historic combat aircraft and artifacts.  1255 SE Airport Drive. Open Mon-Sat 10am – 4:30pm, Sun Noon-4:30pm.  (785) 862-3303. 
 
Other Area Attractions
 
First Friday Art Walk (First Friday Art Walk, Friday Evening April 3) - First Friday of every month, many galleries and businesses stay open in the evening to showcase and celebrate area artists. To see what locations are participating in the current month, see  Topeka Arts Connect website
 
NOTO Arts & Entertainment District (participates in First Friday Art Walk) Arts, antiques, restaurants & bars. Historic District occupies several city blocks on Kansas Avenue, north of the Kansas River.
 
Evil Knievel Museum – 2047 SW Topeka Blvd. Open 10am – 6pm Tu-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat, Noon – 5pm Sun.  (785) 215) 6205  
 
Tulip Time Festival - (Spring of 2020 – usually in April, peak dates vary dependent upon weather conditions)  Enjoy a colorful display of thousands of tulips in bloom at the Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee and at Old Prairie Town and Ward-Meade Park.