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Edith Falkenstien's Menninger Bible Study course materials

Call Number: RH MS 1483


This collection consists of three of the four workbooks for the Menninger Bible Study Course conducted through the Young Women's Christian Association. These workbooks were completed by Mrs. Edith Falkenstien in the first half of the 1940s. Workbooks include completed exercises as well as Falkenstien's notes in the margins, inserts (both additional notes and charts, as well as items not necessarily related to the Bible Study course), attendance records and certificates of completion for previous years, and other related materials.


  • Creation: 1941 - 1945


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History of the Menninger Bible Study Course

Flora (Flo) Vesta Knisely Menninger, wife of Charles Frederick (C.F.) Menninger and mother of psychiatrists Karl and William Claire Menninger, began organizing a Bible study class for any woman in Topeka, Kansas in 1898. She expressly began the class because the class she had been attending became exclusive to unmarried women.

Menninger developed an extensive outline for a four-year course. This became the basis of both in-person classes she taught through the Topeka Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.), as well as long-distance courses for women elsewhere wishing to study from the outline. Eventually the four-year course was taught nationwide through the Y.W.C.A. Flo Menninger died in 1945, and the course continues to be available for interested groups through the Y.W.C.A.


.5 Linear Feet (1 document case)

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Physical Location

RH MS 1483

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Katie Armitage, 1996.


Guide to the Edith Falkenstien Collection
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Edith Falkenstien's Menninger Bible Study course materials, RH MS 1483, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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