2019 TCHS Events

Tonganoxie Historical Society Events

See what's happened at TCHS this year!


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 will be 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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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.



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.



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


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!