Hays-Forsyth Library & Special Collections Display

700 College Dr, Fort Hays State University, RM 122, Forsyth Library, Hays, KS 67601
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The library on the campus of Fort Hays State University features three floors of books, magazines, periodicals, research materials, audio books, government forms, newspapers, microforms, newspapers, historical documents and reference materials. The Library also has several unique displays that visitors can learn about the German Heritage of Ellis County through The Center for Ethnic Studies and the Catherine Model Buildings display.

Lawrence Weigel, a noted local folklorist, donated a substantial portion of his personal collection of materials on the Volga Germans to The Center for Ethnic Studies. When combined with the variety of publications from the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, this collection provides a rich source for research and educational materials for visitors to browse through. There are also a variety of pertinent reference works, bibliographies, pamphlets, journals, newspapers and dissertations published in the United States and abroad. General histories, church histories, parish registers, family histories, diaries and genealogies, obituaries, works on folklore, folk music and art make up the core of the collection. In addition, the collection contains numerous maps, photographs of bridal couples, individuals and groups. Several video documentaries and recordings of folk music and interviews are also available.

The Model Buildings display in the Special Collections Room of Forsyth Library consists of twenty-five buildings and their outbuildings from the town of Catharine. The collection includes St. Catherine Catholic Church, the school, the Sisters Convent and several houses. One of the houses is a replica of the Dorzweiler family home in Katharinenstadt, Russia. St. Andrew Episcopal Church, located north of Hays, is also represented by a model building. The models were built by Ellis County resident Jerome Schmidt, who began working on the first miniature building in 2001. In 2008, after he completed nearly 30 structures, he donated his collection to library. A description and short history for each building is available for viewing.

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Meeting Rooms
  • Description Meeting space for up to 500 available at Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union. Food catered by Chartwell's. Choice of 11 meeting rooms of various sizes.
  • Floorplan File Floorplan File
  • Number of Rooms 11
  • Large floor Plan PDF Large floor Plan PDF
State Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 560
  • Banquet Capacity: 10
Prairie Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 486
  • Height: 11
  • Banquet Capacity: 12
Pioneer Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 588
  • Height: 10
  • Theater Capacity: 55
  • Classroom Capacity: 24
  • Banquet Capacity: 48
Trails Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 990
  • Height: 11
  • Theater Capacity: 60
  • Classroom Capacity: 36
  • Banquet Capacity: 48
Stouffer Lounge
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 1100
  • Height: 10
  • Theater Capacity: 75
  • Classroom Capacity: 40
  • Banquet Capacity: 72
Black and Gold Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 2080
  • Height: 12
  • Booth Capacity: 25
  • Theater Capacity: 220
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Banquet Capacity: 150
Cavalry Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 380
  • Banquet Capacity: 10
Sunflower Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 560
  • Banquet Capacity: 36
Smoky Hill Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 596
  • Height: 9
  • Banquet Capacity: 14
Meadowlark Room
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 272
  • Height: 9
  • Theater Capacity: 16
Fort Hays Ballroom
  • Total Sq. Ft.: 7490
  • Height: 14
  • Booth Capacity: 45
  • Theater Capacity: 497
  • Classroom Capacity: 200
  • Banquet Capacity: 424
  • Reception Capacity: 497
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