Four students in Professor Gary Entz’s “Kansas History & Research” class spent Saturday, October 29, in Topeka studying Kansas history. The group, escorted by professors Gary R. Entz and Ocie Kilgus, visited the Kansas State Library and Archives and were treated to a tour of the closed stack area.

The students then went to the Kansas History Museum, the highlight of which was the “Cyrus K. Holliday,” a fully restored 1880 locomotive formerly used on the Santa Fe Railroad line.

After a brief lunch, the students visited the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site at the Monroe School in Topeka, site of the 1954 landmark Civil Rights decision.


After the visit to the Monroe school the students got the rare opportunity to go inside the historic Ritchie House, an authentic Territorial Period house that was actually used on the Kansas portion of the Underground Railroad. The Ritchie House is currently undergoing a complete restoration.

A visit to the State Capitol building in downtown Topeka was the last item on the agenda for the history class field trip.

“This was a great opportunity for the students to learn first-hand about Kansas history. Everyone had a good time and learned some things too,” Entz said.