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Picnic and Show & Tell

Event Dates: July 17, 2012 (All day)


The Topeka Area Historical Society will hold its annual picnic and “Show & Tell” meeting on Tuesday evening, July 17th, at the Topeka Branch Library. The picnic will begin at 6:30 pm. Those attending should bring a dish to share as well as their own table service. Drinks will be provided. The meeting is open to the public.

“This is always a great meeting,” says Topeka Historical Society president, Harold Gingerich, “because, you just never know what people are going to bring.” Gingerich went on to say that in previous years people have brought original land grants to U.S. citizen documents. No one who attends the show & tell goes home disappointed.

One of the items on display will be a 1931 letter from the State Bank of Topeka to the Wabash Railroad informing them that the bank was not going to pay “$1.00 for straw used in bedding cars in which we received hogs on October 15th.” The bank felt that the railroad had charged them an excessive price for oats and corn, presumably to feed the hogs in route. Another item will be Jonathan Greenawalt’s March 13, 1873, report card from the Poplar Grove School.

The Depot Museum, which features hundreds of items from the Topeka area, is open on Saturday mornings during the summer months. There is no charge for admission.

The Topeka Area Historical Society holds bi-monthly public meetings and publishes a quarterly newsletter. Newsletters are available online at

For more information call (260) 499-0126.