52 for 150: What's So Special About Charles Sheldon?





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Published on Mar 23, 2011

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Yesterday, Christians all over the world celebrated Easter, so for week 17 of our Kansas sesquicentennial series, we're highlighting "In His Steps" author and creator of the "WWJD" (What Would Jesus Do?) phenomenon, Charles Sheldon (1891-1946).

"Sheldon served as the founding pastor of Central Congregational Church, 1248 SW Buchanan in Topeka, Kansas. The church flourished under the leadership of its sometimes unconventional pastor, who related his Christian faith to the common man and who challenged his flock to treat others as Jesus would." [1]

Every object has a story, and stories build history. To celebrate 150 years of Kansas statehood we're featuring 52 objects (or collections of related objects)—something new each week throughout the year—from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library's 130-year-old special, and permanent collections, that represent our collective state history and cultural diversity.

Our collections are available for teachers, students, researchers and general interest, and we hope this online video program will provide insight into what's so "special" about Special Collections. Your library's commitment to collecting art and preserving local history makes it possible for users today and in the future to have immediate access to invaluable research material and cultural artifacts.

To see our many copies of In His Steps, or get help finding other books or videos related to Charles Sheldon and his work, call or stop by the Topeka Room (785-580-4510) on the Library's second floor. We're located at the top of the stairs on your left.

[1] http://cjonline.com/indepth/sheldon/

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