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34th Western District Mennonite Conference

34th Western District Mennonite Conference
Date: October 20 - October 23, 1925
This is a panoramic photo of the delegates to the 34th Western District Mennonite Conference in Buhler, Kansas, standing outside a tent and a church.


34th Western District Mennonite Conference

34th Western District Mennonite Conference
Creator: Harden, Homer Thomas, 1882-1939
Date: October 20, 1925-October 23, 1925
This is a panoramic photo of the attendees of the 34th Western District Mennonite Conference in Buhler, Kansas, standing outside a tent and a church building.


Martha Farnsworth diary

Martha Farnsworth diary
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha 1867-1924
Date: 1917-1918
Martha Farnsworth kept a personal diary from 1882 through 1922 with only a few gaps. The diary describes her daily activities, her first unhappy marriage to Johnny Shaw, her second happy marriage, and her involvement in social and community affairs, primarily in Topeka. Both of Martha's husbands worked for the Post Office. Martha and Fred, (sometimes called Teddy) taught a class of boys at the First Christian Church in Topeka. They continued to teach the same class as the boys grew up and these young men and the girlfriends became a surrogate family. This particular volume covers the years 1917 and 1918 during which a number of the boys in the Sunday School class served in the Army. They frequently gathered at the Farnsworth house and the class took an annual camping trip. There are emotional statements about the "enemy" as well as constant concern about "her boys." Martha did not show her diary to anyone during her lifetime so many of the entries are personal and show her emotions. She, at times, is judgmental of others. Martha was an avid amateur photographer and this diary included references to taking and printing pictures. She also makes reference to traveling by car, meaning a street car. She generally makes a distinction if she is traveling by automobile. A searchable transcription is available under Text Version below. Thanks to volunteer Erica Hare for preparing the transcription.


New York Daily Tribune, "The Drouth and Famine in Kansas"

New York Daily Tribune, "The Drouth and Famine in Kansas"
Creator: New York Daily Tribune
Date: October 10, 1860
This newspaper article, published in the New York Daily Tribune from October 10, 1860, outlined the basic details of the suffering and destitution of settlers in Kansas. It also included reprints of two circulars originating from Kansas Territory. One was from the Presbytery of Highland, and the other was from the Central Relief Committee based in Leavenworth. The first reprinted circular provided information about the dire situation and gave the names of the members of this committee. The second circular requested that the elders and deacons of each church in Kansas ascertain how many families needed immediate assistance in order to present a full report to the Central Relief Committee.


Tennessee Town census

Tennessee Town census
Creator: Central Congregational Church (Topeka, Kan.)
Date: 1898
The information in this census from the area of Topeka known as Tennessee Town was taken by the assistant pastor of Central Congregational Church Leroy Halbert and Mrs. M. L. Sherman. Under its minister Charles M. Sheldon, the Central Congregational Church offered various social service programs to aid black families that lived adjacent to its location in Topeka's third ward. The census was conducted to document living conditions so that Sheldon and the church could use the information for planning social service programs.


The Capital City Topeka Picturesque and Descriptive

The Capital City Topeka Picturesque and Descriptive
Creator: Art Publishing Company
Date: 1888-1889
This is a book containing photographs of buildings, bridges, Kansas capitol under construction, parks, houses, College of the Sisters of Bethany, street scenes, Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe shops, Union Pacific depot, industries, banks, greenhouses, newspaper offices, hotels, opera houses, churches, water works, machine shops and foundries, library, county jail, lumber yard, elevators, Rock Island depot, Washburn College, cotton factory, and bird's-eye views of Topeka. Also, included in the book are histories and information about Topeka's founding, Washburn University, College of the Sisters of Bethany, newspapers, public libraries, churches, and board of trade.


Women washing dishes in Cimarron, Kansas

Women washing dishes in Cimarron, Kansas
Date: Between 1940 and 1949
This photograph shows women washing dishes after a meal at the Methodist Church in Cimarron, Kansas.


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