March 23, 2022
Genealogists know that city directories are not simply phone books, rather that these resources were created for businesses to get access to customers and vice versa. They are genealogy gold ready to be mined! Ralph L. Polk, the most widely known publisher, began his business with 1872 Evansville, IN directory, listing … Continue reading "City directories: Just boring phone phonebooks?"
March 12, 2022 The Evolution of an Institution & its Future
The Santa Fe Hospital in Topeka, Kansas was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2016 recognizing the building’s significant role in healthcare for the State of Kansas and specifically, Santa Fe railroad employees. Located near downtown Topeka when it was … Continue reading "Santa Fe Hospital (Part 4)"
March 5, 2022 The Architecture and Functional Evolution of an Institution The Topeka Journal, August 31, 1929
The Santa … Continue reading "Santa Fe Hospital (Part 3)"
March 3, 2022 Landrine Cicero Sheriff, a businessman worthy of notice
The Avalon Apartments listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2019
One of the reasons I like genealogy is I really enjoy delving into someone’s records to determine just what story lies beneath. This was certainly true when I was researching a small apartment … Continue reading "The Avalon: Finding the Story that Lies Beneath the Surface"
February 19, 2022 Topeka, Santa Fe & the Building of a Modern Medical Institution
Over the last few weeks, I have been researching a small hospital in Kansas and it reminded me of an earlier project where I learned a lot about railroads, their development across the United States, and the advent of modern medical care.
Cyrus … Continue reading "Santa Fe Hospital (Part 1)"