June 20, 2018

Wichita Bequeathed $500K For Genealogy/History Center

By LJ Staff

The Wichita Public Library Foundation received a $500,000 gift from the estate of Lucile and Lawrence Wulfmeyer, longtime library supporters. As the money will be used for the library’s genealogy collection, the library renamed its genealogy/special collections center in honor of the Wulfmeyers. Its collection includes some of the earliest editions of Wichita newspapers, immigration information, military records, and books on Kansas and Wichita history. Lucile Wulfmeyer served as president of the library’s Friends group and on the board of the neighboring Hutchinson Public Library. “Genealogy and local history were two of Mrs. Wulfmeyer’s main interests,” said Cynthia Berner Harris, director of libraries. “It is appropriate that her legacy go to help others share in the joy she found in researching. Lawrence Wulfmeyer, former vice president at the Fourth National Bank, planned the gift to the library after his wife’s death in 1997. He passed away last year.