Events/Tours

Topeka has hosted a variety of events from veterans’ ceremonies, to weddings, to an annual fundraiser, “Champagne in the Cemetery.” Walking tours are regularly offered and private tours are available. There is some bus access/van access to the cemetery and step-on guides are also available. Other events and themed tours are being added to the schedule so check this website often.

For reservations and information contact Debbi Bisel This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Up Comming Tours:

February 9 -- Lincoln in Kansas, walking tour of Topeka Cemetery featuring those with connections to the 16th president including relatives and political appointees.

$10 per person Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for reservations and information

Champagne in the Cemetery
                                

tour-champainThe picturesque setting of Topeka Cemetery is the perfect vantage point for the skyline of Topeka and for toasting the lives of those resting here who created that skyline, whether they worked for the Santa Fe or governed from the capitol. Watch this site for an announcement of the 2013 date.















Self-Guided Tours

point-of-interest-1The cemetery grounds are open from dawn to dusk daily. At the entries there are maps of the cemetery with notations on the graves of famous residents. Always exercise caution when walking through the cemetery grounds. The ground is uneven and many of the monuments have shifted over the years. We encourage you to explore, but please exercise caution and do not allow children to play on monuments. In the summer months, chiggers can be bothersome so use bug spray and always wear comfortable shoes. It is not unusual to see deer on the grounds in the evening.





Private Tours

tourWalking tours can be organized for groups of 10 or more, and civic clubs are encouraged to use a tour as their monthly or weekly meeting. Contact the cemetery office or the Shawnee County Historical Society.











School Tours

student-tour1Many area schools have incorporated an annual field trip to Topeka Cemetery into their classroom activities. Pictured are students from Shawnee Heights Middle School with historian Deb Bisel. In addition to learning about the lives of distinguished Kansans who are buried in the cemetery, the children have the opportunity to discuss world history, art, military history, politics, civil rights--almost any topic can be illustrated through this historic site. Some of the teachers even incorporate math into the lesson plan! If your school would like to schedule a tour, contact the cemetery office or the Shawnee County Historical Society. Educational programs at the Ritchie House are often coordinated with the cemetery, the Brown V. Board NHS, and other local attractions.

The Topeka Cemetery offers the opportunity for many interesting special projects. As the Sons of Union Veterans (of the Civil War) were recording graves of veterans, they enlisted students from Topeka West High School to help. Highland Park High School students regularly help with clean-up efforts, as do local boy scouts. The lives of many of those who rest here would make excellent History Day projects. The Shawnee County Historical Society offers a “student historian” program ($10 enrollment fee) that can help the student find meaningful projects in Topeka Cemetery.



Walking tours can be organized for groups of 10 or more, and civic clubs are encouraged to use a tour as their monthly or weekly meeting. Contact the cemetery office or the Shawnee County Historical Society.

            *School Tours (4 photos of school kids)

Many area schools have incorporated an annual field trip to Topeka Cemetery into their classroom activities. Pictured are students from Shawnee Heights Middle School with historian Deb Bisel. In addition to learning about the lives of distinguished Kansans who are buried in the cemetery, the children have the opportunity to discuss world history, art, military history, politics, civil rights--almost any topic can be illustrated through this historic site. Some of the teachers even incorporate math into the lesson plan! If your school would like to schedule a tour, contact the cemetery office or the Shawnee County Historical Society. Educational programs at the Ritchie House are often coordinated with the cemetery, the Brown V. Board NHS, and other local attractions.

The Topeka Cemetery offers the opportunity for many interesting special projects. As the Sons of Union Veterans (of the Civil War) were recording graves of veterans, they enlisted students from Topeka West High School to help. Highland Park High School students regularly help with clean-up efforts, as do local boy scouts. The lives of many of those who rest here would make excellent History Day projects. The Shawnee County Historical Society offers a “student historian” program ($10 enrollment fee) that can help the student find meaningful projects in Topeka Cemetery.

 

About  Historic Topeka Cemetery

Historic Topeka Cemetery is operated by its lot owners, each of whom is a member of the Topeka Cemetery Association. Day-to-day operations are overseen by the association’s nine member board of directors and conducted by the superintendent.

As you walk the grounds or visit the website, know that your loved ones rest with ours. As they have been since its founding in 1859, Historic Topeka Cemetery’s caretakers are committed to respectful maintenance and preserving memories for generations to come.

Thank you for your support and patronage of Historic Topeka Cemetery, the oldest chartered cemetery in Kansas.

 

Historic Topeka Cemetery

1601 SE 10th Avenue . Topeka, Kansas 66607

(785) 233-4132

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