KANZA HOUSE GENEALOGY, HISTORY & RESOURCE LIBRARY
Located in Lebanon, Kansas, the Kanza House Genealogy, History & Resource Library officially began October, 2001 and was granted non-profit status March, 2002. As a start-up organization, we are working on renovating the former high school building that was donated in August, 2002 by Diatect International.
We officially opened in May, 2005, every other weekend through Thanksgiving, 10 AM to 3 PM. Our 2006 schedule is: May 27; June 10, 24; July 8, 22; August 12, 26; September 9, 23; October 7, 21 and November 4 and 18. For groups of ten or more, please notify us two weeks in advance so we may have enough staff to assist you in your research efforts. Use of the library is currently free. We do ask that everyone sign-in and pass security. Please observe our Rules and Regulations, Code of Conduct, Security and Safety Policies.
Coming from the north on 181, turn left or east on the first road or School Avenue. If coming from the south on 181, turn right on the last road or School Avenue. Go east to the stop sign or about 3 blocks.
We have a break room if you want to bring something to eat or drink. All food products must stay in the breakroom. LaDow's Grocery or Union Jack Cafe (opening soon), are also available for lunch.
Currently there are no hotels/motels operating in Lebanon. Lodging is available in Smith Center-Mankato-Downs, Kansas or Red Cloud, Nebraska. RV parking is available at Lebanon RV Park (785) 389-3539.
The library has approximately 6,100 genealogy and history books, magazines, periodicals, 2,000 rolls of microfilm and approximately 4,500 sheets of microfiche and county newspapers that go back to the first newspapers ever printed in the county. We have a nice selection of Kansas history, Civil War and World War II books. The library is also a depository for genealogy and family histories. We would love to have yours!
We are a work in progress. We continue to renovate the building but need donations of cash, materials and/or labor.
In addition to the library, a museum is planned that will feature an interactive room with videos and music of Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle who was born north of Lebanon and Warren Durrett, renown big band musician in Kansas City, Missouri. The museum will also feature Lebanon history, history of the area, following a timeline from the Native Indians in the area to present history. Highlights will feature the geographical center of the Continental United States, the dairy farm built in a day, the (formerly) shortest road in Kansas, Cattle Kate, Denver Pyle and others.
Research requests may be submitted by mail. Fees are $10.00 per hour, per request. All fees are for the service of searching and are non-refundable. Photocopying services include making photocopies of content from books, magazines, films and fiche, within the limits of copyright laws. Photocopy charges are 25 cents per page. A self addressed, stamped envelope should also be included with your request. Limit of two books/magazines or two microfilms/fiches per request.
Search services entails locating and copying material from books, journals, manuscripts, newspapers, microfilm and microfiche. A minimum request for a search is one hour; maximum is four hours. Limit of two names per request.
Please print legibly
Use a separate form for each individual
Full Name to be searched:___________________________________________
1st Variant spelling:_______________________________________________
2nd Variant spelling:_______________________________________________
Other useful information if known such as approximate age, birth-death-marriage date, locality, names of other family members, etc., to help identify the correct person.
List the records/documents to be searched. List volumes and dates if applicable.
Total Fees enclosed:_________________
Please make check or money order payable to: Kanza House Library. Mail your request along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and payment to 409 Walnut, Lebanon, KS 66952.
We thank you for stopping by and your interest in our project.