The church was built in 1862 (the very same structure). A monument stands and says : In memory of the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony which settled this area in 1856 and helped make Kansas a free state.
The well-known Rev. Henry Ward Beecher of Brooklyn and his congregation pledged and raised the money to send settlers to Kansas to establish the free state. Everyman got $25, a Sharps rifle and a bible.
There's way more to the whole history but this is a quick synopsis. MB