2018 TCHS Events

Tonganoxie Historical Society Events

See what's happened at TCHS this year!

Fourth Tuesday Program

Tuesday October 23 - 7:00 PM
Reno Church on museum site
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"The State Archives: Past, Present, and Future"

Presented by Matt Veatch, Kansas State Historical Society. Mr. Veatch will present virtual highlights from the State Archives collections, including John Brown letters and even a few Tongie-related items. He also discussed the future of the archives and offer some hints on how you can preserve your own digital memories for generations to come.

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Third Grade Field Trip

Monday, October 15
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Since 2005, the Tonganoxie Historical Society has hosted the third graders for a field trip in the fall. On October 15, seven classes of third graders with parents and teachers came to the museum for a unique adventure in local history, with an emphasis on the early days in Tonganoxie, before the turn of the century (1900).

Historical Society volunteers create five "stations" for the students to rotate through – a one room school experience, old-fashioned games, uses of the buffalo, farm tools, and museum artifacts from early Tonganoxie.

Barn Quilt Workshop

Monday, October 20
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

What can you put on your barn or shop to make it just a little bit special? A Barn Quilt.

Six barn quilts were painted on October 20 at the Fairchild-Knox hay barn at the Tonganoxie Historical Society.  The barn quilt workshops are held twice a year at the barn, taught by Jean Pearson, with assistance from other members and friends of the historical society. This month's workshop yielded three two-foot-square blocks and three four-foot-square blocks.

Participants are invited to join the Glacial Hills Quilt Trail, which can be accessed on our Glacial Hills Quilt Trail page. The Glacial Hills Quilt Trail starts at the Tonganoxie Historical Society and Museum with three blocks which are easily seen from Highway 16.

FOURTH TUESDAY PROGRAM

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

"Lawbreakers for the Common Good"
Anne Hawkins kept us riveted to our seats as she presented the program at the Sept 23 Fourth Tuesday.
Anne covered the history of the Fugitive Slave Act and why the Border War in Kansas and Missouri started years before the civil war.  Her presentation about conscience and a greater good was full of stories of individual people who risked everything to fight slavery.
Anne's presentation was sponsored and funded by Humanities Kansas, formerly the Humanities Council of Kansas.
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SUNFLOWER STROLL

Labor Day Weekend 2018
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Labor Day weekend marked the second annual Tonganoxie Sunflower Stroll. 

Labor Day weekend marked the second annual Tonganoxie Sunflower Stroll. The event premiered in 2017, organized by the Tonganoxie Business Association. TCHS participated last year by opening the museum all three days of the Memorial Day weekend. This year, we opened again for the entire weekend and more than doubled our visitors from last year. Along with the Tonganoxie Business Association, we sponsored a Sunflower Growing Contest during the Sunflower Stroll on Labor Day weekend. Jean Pearson and Erin Ellsworth were judges. Every first place winner received a 2018 Grinter t-shirt, complements of Kris Grinter at Sunflower General. All participants were given a free ice cream cone, complements of Sonic Drive-in, a sunflower book, and a hand-crafted ribbon, complements of Betty Englen.

Fourth Tuesday Program

Tuesday August 28 - 7:00 PM
Reno Church on museum site
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Paul & Frank's Son: The Life and Loss of Creighton Siegert

Jon Nelson, a longtime resident of Tonganoxie and graduate of Tonganoxie High School will start our fall line-up of Fourth Tuesday programs, with "Paul and Frank's Son: The Life and Loss of Creighton Siegert".

Jon has been researching the life of Creighton Siegert for some time. He will present some of his research to us on August 28 at 7:00pm.

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Annual Picnic

Saturday, June 16 - 6:30 PM
at the Museum Barn
201 W. Washington St, Tonganoxie, KS

There is no Fourth Tuesday program in June.  Instead, we hold our picnic, which will start at 6:30pm this year.

The picnic is held just north of the barn unless there is rain, in which case we move inside the barn.

Meat and drinks are furnished by the society – bring your own utensils and a covered dish to share.

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Fourth Tuesday Program

Tuesday, May 22 - 7:00 PM
Reno Church on museum site
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Show'n'Tell

Bring an historical item from home – a photo, a tool, an old letter - and share the story of that artifact with our group. There is never a dull moment at these programs. Bring a treasure from home and join in the fun.

Nothing to bring? No problem, the stories you will hear will be awesome.

Refreshments served after the program.

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Memorial Day Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast

Monday, May 28 - 7:30  to 11:00 AM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS


7:30 am Flag Ceremony by American Legion Post 41
7:30 am Reveille by Boy Scout Troop 357
7:30 to 11:00 Bixby's Biscuits & Gravy at the Museum Barn
9:00 to noon Museum Open
9:00 to noon Antique Engine Show

Veterans Exhibits • History of Memorial Day • Museum Open

DONATIONS ACCEPTED - all proceeds benefit the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society

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Tour of Ghost Towns in Southern Leavenworth County

Saturday, May 5 - 1:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

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The Tonganoxie Historical Society is presenting a bus tour of southern Leavenworth County Ghost Towns and Historic sites. The tour will start at 1:00 pm on Saturday May 5. The tour will last three hours, with one stop at the Boling Grange Hall for refreshments about half way through the tour. The general area of focus will be north of 24-40, east of the Jefferson County line, south of Stranger Road, and east of 171st Street. The bus is a commercial 25-passenger coach with air conditioning and a public address system.

This will be an afternoon of historical tales of railroads and towns. Narrators for the trip will be Perry Walters, Virginia Seymour, and Carrie Ritchey. The bus will depart from the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society parking lot at 1:00 pm and return at 4:00 pm. (Boarding will start at 12:45 pm.)

Tickets for the tour are $25 for TCHS members; $30 for non-members.

Fourth Tuesday Program

Tuesday, April 24 - 7:00 PM
Reno Church on museum site
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Five Years of Mondays with Timeline Radio

Clenece Hills has been working in radio since she was in seventh grade in McPherson, Kansas. Her program airs Mondays at 9:05 am on KLWN in Lawrence and has had over 200 guests to date. Clenece will talk about the process and challenges of a weekly live radio program. Check out her program on Mondays at 9:05 am, KLWN FM 1017 and 1320 AM.

Refreshments served after the program.

Fourth Tuesday Program

Tuesday, February 27 - 7:00 PM
Fairchild-Knox Hay Barn
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"The Old Home Place"

Joy Lominska, a long-time resident of Jefferson County, will talk about her book, The Old Home Place, which traces the history of the farm she lives on. The history of this one farm brings to life and light the history of agriculture from the late 1800's to current time.

Refreshments served after the program.

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Annual Chili Feed

Thursday, February 15
11:00 am to 7:00 pm
United Methodist Church

Annual Chili Feed at the United Methodist Church, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

All proceeds benefit the operations and maintenance of the Historical Society Museum. Homemade chili, vegetable soup, and pies, pies, pies.

Advance tickets are available during museum hours:
Tuesdays 9 am to 4 pm
Wednesdays 9 am to noon

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Fourth Tuesday Program

Tuesday, January 23 - 7:00 PM
Fairchild-Knox Hay Barn
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"You're Never Too Old for Stories"

Christine Henderson of Basehor will talk about the history of yarn, spinning and weaving with stories.
Join us for an evening of storytelling. Refreshments served after the program.

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