Topeka
Topeka
  • Location: 1101 Topeka Boulevard Topeka, KS 66612

Basics: 

Tour the former home of Charles Curtis, the only US Vice President of Native American descent. Built in 1879, Curtis’ home showcases unique architecture, intricate decor and memorabilia from his political career. The house is on the National Register of Historical Places.

Subjects covered: Charles Curtis, famous Kansans, U.S. and state government, the role of Vice President

Grade level: Upper grades  

Best time to visit: Anytime

Indoors, outdoors, or both? Indoors only

Clothing type recommended: Wear comfortable walking shoes.

How to book field trip: Call (785)-357-1371 and be prepared to share the information on the field trip checklist

Curriculum & Standards:

Are there curriculum materials or guides at the site? An information sheet about Charles Curtis is provided on site. 

Grade-specific field trip programs available? No, but the guided tour can be modified to the age of students involved.

Logistics & Budget:

Cost: $5 per person, children and adults

Are there scholarships, general grants, or transportation grants available? No.

How long will the tour take from start to finish? 45 minutes to 1 hour

Pre-Post classroom visits available upon request? Yes, with paid admission

Maximum number of students the venue can accommodate for a tour? 50

Minimum number of participants needed for a tour? 10

Number of adults per student needed? 1 adult per 10 students is recommended.

Can they eat lunch inside/on site and/or bring their own lunches?  No. There is no space available to eat lunch on site. 

Where do the buses need to park? Is this also where the kids get dropped off? Bus drop-off and pick-up is on 11th Street next to the house. Bus parking is available in the lot across Topeka Boulevard. 

Accessibility information: Doors in the home are narrow and some spaces on the first floor may be hard to navigate with a wheelchair. There is no elevator to the second floor. A video is shown downstairs to supplement the tour for those who cannot go upstairs. 

Resources: 

Charles Curtis House Museum online