In May of 2008, Cheri and I visited her son and family in Topeka, Kansas. You can read about this unique family on her blog, Those Old Memories. What great fun when my nephew, Jason, suggested we visit the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
The library is located at 1515 SW 19th Ave. in Topeka; 785-580-4400. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 9 p.m. The library contains books and a lot more. There you will find a museum/gallery with displays, a cafe, booktique, computer training center, homework center and even quiet reading rooms. They have massive collections of books, multimedia, etc.
On the second floor are enlightening exhibits about Topeka and the area and ... drum roll ... the Special Collections Topeka Room, Genealogy Center. To learn more about genealogy from their location click on genealogy & local history at their web page.
Cheri did not go too prepared and so was a bit confused where to start and what to do. She seemed to focus on my well being. The genealogy section is equipped with some electronic space savers storage solutions which are book shelving units that close shut and open by pushing a button. She reminded me several times not to get caught between the bookcases should somebody pass by and push a button.
I was not too concerned ... after all it might be the way a genealogist wants to depart this life. Squeezed by genealogy books!