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Beecher Bible and Rifle Church collection

Call Number: RH MS P417


This collection consist of various manuscripts and a photograph: one hundred year aniversary program, photograph of church, typed note, one hundred year anniversary program bound with newspaper clippings, and a document titled "Beecher Bible and Rifle Church."


  • Creation: 1948, 1957


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Congregational Church of Wabaunsee, Kansas

The Congregational Church was organized June 27, 1857, by the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony, which was formed from the New Haven Company, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1856. The church and colony took their name from the carbine guns furnished to free-state settlers coming to Kansas to combat pro-slavery sympathizers. The rifles were called "Beecher Bibles" because abolitionish preacher Henry Ward Beecher had collection money for the arms and shipped them to the Kansas Territory in boxes labeled as bibles. The church building, one of the earlier permanent church buildings constructed in Kansas territory, still stands in Wamego, Pottawatomie County, Kansas.


1 folder (5 items in 1 folder)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

RH MS P417

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Douglas County Historical Society. Oct. 1981.

Processing Information

Transferred from Kb H1 61 W111 chu 1957; Kb H1 62 Will clo.

Guide to the Congregational Church of Wabaunsee, Kansas Collection
Beecher Bible and Rifle Church collection
Finding aid prepared by lt, 10/1981. Finding aid encoded by amh, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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Preferred citation
Congregational Church of Wabaunsee, Kansas collection, RH MS P417, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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