Wava Roy, one of the oldest members of the Topeka Baptist Church, and her daughters will be sharing memories and the church’s history for the Topeka Historical Society on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the community room of the Topeka Branch Library. The public is invited to attend.
“While the Topeka Baptist Church has been a mainstay in the community for more than 150 years, most people have no idea of what inspired the formation of the church back in 1843,” stated Topeka Historical Society President Harold Gingerich. “I grew up next door to Wava Roy and her late husband Bernie. While she is much too modest to admit it, Bernie and Wava took loving care of the church building and were some of the most faithful workers that church has ever known. She is a wealth of information about the history of the congregation that many of its members may not even be aware of.”
Men like teacher J. Norman Babcock, who was the driving force behind the building of Sycamore Hall in the early 1900s, was among the church’s members. In more recent times, William Davis and Glen Smith were pillars in both the church and the community.
The Topeka Area Historical Society holds bi-monthly public meetings and publishes a quarterly newsletter. Newsletters are available online at www.topeka historicalsociety.com.