2016 TCHS Events

TONGANOXIE Historical Society EVENTS

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Holiday Party / 35th Anniversary of the Historical Society

Tuesday December 13 - 6:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

The TCHS Holiday Party will be held at 6:00 pm on December 13 at the Fairchild-Knox Dairy Barn on the historical site. 

We will celebrate the 35th anniversary of TCHS.  All past board members and friends of the society are invited.  Meat and dessert will be provided by TCHS.  Bring a covered dish or finger food to share.

From Ireland to Tonganoxie and Places in Between

Tuesday October 25 - 7:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Kerry Holton's grandparents immigrated from Ireland and his stories will tell how they came to settle in Tonganoxie. Kerry has made several trips to Ireland. He will bring photographs and documents to share about the family history.

Refreshments will be served after the program!

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Third Graders Learn About Life in and around Early Tonganoxie

Monday, October 10

The USD 464 third grade classes toured the historical society on Monday, October 10.  This year, three classes came in the morning, and four classes attended in the afternoon – parents and teachers accompanied the students.

The students spent 20 minutes in five sessions learning about early life in this area.  In the museum, they learned about the origins of the town and the importance of dairy farming; in the hay barn, they saw tools that were used in the late 1800's in the home, the barn, and in the fields; in the one room school house, they sat in the desks and experienced a taste of what learning would be like in a one room school; they saw artifacts from and learned about the Kanza culture and daily life, 600 years ago; and they engaged with toys and games that were popular in the late 1800's.

The third grade field trip is an annual event.  Fourteen volunteers made it possible this year.

Scams Then & Now: What You Need to Know

Tuesday September 27 - 7:00 PM

Sergeant Jarred Gill, with the Tonganoxie Police Department, will present a program focused on Scams Then & Now: What You Need to Know.

Sergeant Gill will talk about what scams look like and sound like and, most importantly, how we respond to them.

Refreshments will be served after the program!

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"Make Art, Not War"

Tuesday August 23, 2016 - 7:00pm  

Erica Nelson will return to Tonganoxie with a presentation on protest art, "Make Art, Not War". Throughout our turbulent history, Kansans have vociferously and voraciously pursued the greater good, working both within established systems as well as outside these systems to affect change. With these movements come a rich array of protest art—art made to draw attention to a topic of great concern in the hope of eliciting change or expanding the conversation. From John Steuart Curry's depiction of John Brown's call to action to M.T. Liggett's politically charged fence-line artwork, protest art in Kansas includes an array of forms. Sometimes humorous, sometimes biting, and often clever, this presentation will look at the ways artists craft their messages.

Erika Nelson returns with another great presenta­tion! From John Steuart Curry's depiction of John Brown's call to action to M.T. Liggett's politically charged fence-line artwork, protest art in Kansas includes an array of forms. Sometimes humorous sometimes biting and often clever, this presentation will look at the ways artists craft their messages.

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This presentation is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

Erika is the creator and curator of the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum.  Her presentation is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.

TCHS Annual Picnic

Saturday June 25 - 6:00pm

Join us for our annual picnic at the museum. Bring a covered dish and your own place setting. We provide the meat and drinks. Keyta Kelly, the current Tall Tale Champion of Kansas, will be telling her award-winning tall tale.

Tonganoxie Sesquicentennial Celebration

Saturday June 11 - 9:00am to 6:00pm

Find us in Ratliff's Drug Store at the corner of Fourth & Bury. We will be showing Traditional Tales of Tonganoxie within the historic drug store. Bring the kids in for a free wooden nickel.

Show and Tell (a Story)

Tuesday May 24, 2016 - 7:00pm

This is a grassroots, do-it-yourself program.  Please look around your house and find something old that has an interesting story or something old that you would like help identifying.  We all get to participate in this program. 

We welcome those to bring an artifact of history to share with our members. Maybe you have something that you are unsure what it is, or you would like to share some of your family history!

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served after program!

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Contact Bill Peak : 913-845-4825

Second Annual Mo Kan Engine Show

Saturday May 21, 2016
9:00am to 2:00pm

Second Annual Mo Kan Engine Show.  Join us at the grounds of the Historical Society and Museum to see and learn about all types of antique gas engines and models.  The members of this organization are ready to show you how their engines work and answer any questions you might have.

While at the Engine Show, peek into the Barn, where a Barn Quilt Workshop (already sold out) will be in progress.  Let us introduce you to Barn Quilts.  Perhaps you will want to join us for the next workshop in the fall.

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first annual Spring Garden Party

Wednesday April 27, 2016
4:00pm - 6:00pm

Bring Your Own Tools (BYOT) for a few hours of weeding and conversation as we prepare the flower beds for the summer.

April Program Meeting

The April Program Meeting was cancelled due to weather. The April Program was moved to May.

"Cowboys and Clerics"
by John K. Burchill of Kansas Wesleyan University

Tuesday March 22, 2016 - 7:00pm
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

The life of a minister could be a rowdy affair in early Kansas!  From Wild Bill Hickok riding a horse into church to Pastor Gay of Mulvane facing a gunman in his church, this program focuses on early congregations that met at butcher shops, saloons, dugouts, etc.  Join us to discuss how the abolitionists, early missions, and the temperance movement all played a role in the lives of religious leaders of Kansas.

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This program is presented in partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council.

"TRADITIONAL TALES OF TONGANOXIE

Tuesday February 23, 2016 - 7:00pm
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Local Resident Perry Walters will present "Traditional Tales of Tonganoxie. This DVD collection encompasses numerous interviews with local long time citizens. Mr. Walters presentation will include snippets of the interesting and many times humorous recollections of Tonganoxie History. Perry has spent many hours editing and refining this collection. It will be entertaining and enlightening.

Refreshments will be served after program!

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Contact Bill Peak : 913-845-4825

TONGANOXIE TIME TRAVEL

Tuesday January 26 - 6:00 PM

Join TCHS as we welcome three citizens from the past to spend the evening with us. Whitsed Laming, Jr. and Dale Rawlings, both past residents of Tonganoxie, and William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, formerly of Leavenworth County, will be at the January meeting. All have tales to tell that will surprise and delight you.

An Evening with Whitsed Laming, Dale Rawlings, and William Cody

Join us for some time travel. We will go back to the 1850's childhood of William Cody in the Salt Creek Valley, just west of Fort Leavenworth. Then meet Whitsed Laming Jr. of Tonganoxie at his 50th wedding anniversary. And then return to the Leavenworth County Fair to catch up with Dale Rawlings in the early 1960s.

Refreshments will be served after program!

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Contact Bill Peak : 913-845-4825