2019 TCHS Events

Tonganoxie Historical Society Events

See what's happened at TCHS this year!

FOURTH TUESDAY PROGRAM

Tuesday September 24 - 7:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"The Irrigation Crusade" From the 1880s to the earliest days of the 20th century, the "Irrigation Crusade" was promoted as a way for grassland farmers and community boosters to continue thriving during droughts. The presentation will focus on colorful Kansas frontiersman Charles "Buffalo" Jones and how he led the crusade in western Kansas by organizing water diversion projects to land in and around Garden City. James Sherow teaches Kansas and environmental history at Kansas State University. Humanities Kansas is sponsoring his presentation.

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Plein Air artists

Wednesday August 28
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Plein Air artists at the Historical Site on August 28, 2019.

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FOURTH TUESDAY PROGRAM

Tuesday August 27 - 7:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"Landscaping the Historical Site"

We talked about how the landscaping at the historical site came to be and what we can do in the future.

After the program, there was an opportunity to collect some cuttings and rhizomes.

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FOURTH TUESDAY PROGRAM

Tuesday July 23 - 7:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"Show'n'Tell" Sounds elementary – it is a lot of fun! 
Bring an artifact and a story about it to share or just come ready to enjoy the stories.

We started the program with a presentation by Marie Brockhoff, a student at Bishop Seabury in Lawrence. Marie will has created a historical performance for National History Day entry about Exodusters in Reno, Kansas. She has already won regional and state competitions and is on her way to Washington, DC for the National competition in early June. (This program was rescheduled from May.)

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ANNUAL PICNIC

Saturday, June 22 - 6:30pm
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

TCHS furnishes the fried chicken, everyone brings a covered dish or a dessert or a salad.  The picnic is held just north of the barn unless there is rain, in which case we move inside the barn.

There was time for conversation and a program by Olga & Kent Porter, "Saving Stonehaven."  The picnic is open to the public – we welcome visitors and newcomers.   READ MORE

Memorial Day Breakfast

Monday May 27 - 7:30am to 10:30 am
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Memorial Day Breakfast this year started with a boom.
A cannon salute by The 3rd Kansas Light Artillery Battery B, a Civil War Reenacting Unit followed the raising of the flag and Reveille by Boy Scout Troop #357.  VFW Post #9271 and American Legion Post #41 performed the flag ceremony.

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FOURTH TUESDAY PROGRAM

Tuesday April 23 - 7:00PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"When Kings Reigned"

Presented by Barbara Higgins-Dover.

The documentary "When Kings Reigned" produced in Lawrence, Kansas, was shown.

Barbara Higgins-Dover, the producer, spoke about the making of the movie and gave us more insight into the history of the Kaw River and some of the men who made their living and their homes on the river.

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FOURTH TUESDAY PROGRAM

Tuesday March 26 - 7:00PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"Orphan Trains"

Leanne Chapman is active in the Jefferson County Historical Society.

She spoke about orphan trains and poor houses and shared some of her experiences with Jefferson Town in Oskaloosa. This was a good opportunity to learn more about the history just next door in Jefferson County.

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FOURTH TUESDAY PROGRAM

Tuesday February 26 - 7:00PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"The Grandfathers in Kansas: The Material Culture of the Delaware on the Frontier 1829-1867"

Wade Davis spoke about the Delaware Indians who lived in Tonganoxie on the Delaware Reservation prior to the founding the of the town.

Wade Davis, independent scholar, used his background in living history and interpretation to talk about the day to day life of the Delaware, using historical objects and stories

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Annual Chili Feed Supper

Thursday February 21 - 11:00AM - 7:00PM
328 E. 4th Street, Tonganoxie, KS

The annual TCHS Chili Supper was be held from 11am to 7pm at the United Methodist Church in downtown Tonganoxie.

The Chili Feed featured Chili, Vegetable Beef Soup or Baked Potato dinner with dessert and drink. It was excellent company for a delicious lunch or dinner, all while supporting our local museum at the same time!

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