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Wabaunsee Church
  • Margaret Evelyn Whittemore
    born: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; died: Sarasota, Florida, United States
  • Wabaunsee Church, 1930s
  • Where object was made: Corner of Chapel and Elm Streets, Wabaunsee, Kansas, United States
  • offset lithograph, watercolor
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 x 8 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 279.4 x 222.25 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0552

Small stone church with a belltower and white wooden entryway. Three trees border the right side of the building.

The old Congregational Church in Wabunsee stands as it did more than three-quarters of a century ago, a reminder of the Puritain ideals of its builders and a fitting memorial to Henry Ward Beecher. It was built in 1862 by the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony which came to Kansas in 1856 as a result of the great agitation in New England over the Kansas-Nebraska bill. Wabaunsee, an Indian name meaning "early dawn," was one of the first towns founded in the interest of the free-state movement.