Ritchie House announces Enduring Struggle for Freedom program series

Shawnee County Historical Society News Release

News for Immediate Release

Contact: Bill Wagnon (785) 230-6481
Contact: Shawnee County Historical Society, PO Box 2201, Topeka Ks 66601 (785) 234-6097

Enduring Struggle for Freedom program series announced

As a partner with Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, the Shawnee County Historical Society is sponsoring an Enduring Struggle For Freedom public program series during November. Each presentation will be at 2 p.m. in the Cox Communications Heritage Education Center at the John and Mary Ritchie Historic House site, 1118 SE Madison in Topeka, Kansas.

  • On November 4, Dr. Walt Menninger, president of the Menninger Foundation, will give a talk on the pioneering role of the Menninger family and associates in fostering greater compassion and support for the mentally ill, freeing them from isolation and disrepute.
  • On November 11, Thom Rosenbloom, National Park Service historian at the Brown v. Board NHS, will make a presentation on Kansas and Topeka area Free Thinkers, posing the question of whether they were visionaries or nut cases.
  • On November 25, Dr. Bill Wagnon, emeritus Professor of History at Washburn, will analyze a local issue prompted by J. B. Billard and his son, Phillip, over daily compulsory Bible reading to open Topeka schools.

These talks are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Bill Wagnon (785) 230-6481 or the SCHS at (785) 234-6097.

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