TOPEKA -– Topeka’s role in Kansas’ statehood and ongoing efforts to preserve the Capitol building are topics of a public program entitled “Topeka Capitals, Topeka Capitols” that will be held at 2:00, Sunday, October 24th.
Sponsored by the Shawnee County Historical Society, WIBW-TV and Visit Topeka Inc., the free program will be held in the House Chambers of the Kansas Capitol building, with guided tours of the building following. The public is invited to attend. Bill Wagnon will be joined by Ralph Hipp is presenting the guest speakers.
Now a bit of the history. In 1861, following the admission of Kansas into the Union as a free state, Topeka won a statewide election to be the capital. Like the rest of the Kansas Territory, Shawnee County settlers struggled among themselves about whether Kansas would embrace slavery or not, with Topeka championing the antislavery position. Other topics that explain how Topeka has shaped Kansas as a state will be discussed as well.
Presentation titles are as follows:
“Constitution Hall: The Free State Capital of Kansas” presented by Don Lambert
“Winning the State House for Topeka” presented by Judge Terry Bullock
“Committing to Historic Preservation of the Capitol” presented by Honorable Dick Bond
“Twenty-First Century Preservation” presented by Vance Kelley, Treanor Architects, and Barry Greis, State House Architect
“Topeka Capitals, Topeka Capitols” launches the Shawnee County Historical Society’s commemoration of 150 years of Kansas statehood, which will be observed Jan. 29, 2011. Attendees should enter through the east wing. Free parking on the street will be available.