State research center offers Lansing history
Last week, Ada and I were invited by Laura Phillippi, our Lansing Museum site coordinator, to spend a day at the Kansas State Historical Society Research Center in Topeka.
We were thoroughly impressed with what we saw there. It was established in 1875, and there is everything imaginable regarding Kansas History. There are rows and rows of card file drawers. You can go through these files, and when you find something to look up you fill out a form indicating the name of the book or article, page number, and as much detail as you need and put it on their desk. They in turn will find the right book and even mark the page for you. There is a long table where you can sit and study the information, copy it or even take pictures with special permission.
Upon entering, we had to show our picture ID and explain to them our mission. We were issued a research card that is good until June 30.
Naturally, our mission was Lansing history and the area around Lansing going back to when the Indians were here.
Ada was looking for the Muncee Indians, which she had never heard of. They were the Christian Indians that settled along with the Delawares between here and the Missouri River. Many of them also settled in Franklin County. There was once a mission close to Fort Leavenworth. Ada also found one Lansing Community Club Booklet dated 1927.
I found a book written by Marjorie Raney to her children that we did not know existed. All this information has to stay there, but you are free to read and copy. I looked up information on what took place during the incorporation process in the early 1960s. There were many articles in the Kansas City Star and the Lawrence Journal-World regarding our annexation of land going north out of Lansing.
All of the workers there were helpful with anything we wanted to find. They also impressed on us that they would love to get copies of books or articles written by Lansing residents or anything regarding its history. Naturally, our own Historical Society comes first when we have things to donate but copies can be given to the state as well.