TCHS Events


TCHS presents programs on the Fourth Tuesday of every month (except June, July and December).

These program meetings are held in the Reno Methodist Church on the museum site at 201 W. Washington Street in Tonganoxie. The meetings begin at 7:00 pm and include a brief business meeting and an historical program.

All members of the community are welcome. There are refreshments after the program and there is never a charge.

Tuesday July 23 - 7:00 PM

"Show'n'Tell" Sounds elementary – it is a lot of fun!

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Museum is open

Tuesday July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 9:00am to 4:00pm - Museum is open.
Sunday July 7, 14, 21, 28 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm – Museum is open.


Wednesday July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – 9:00am to noon
We welcome any and all new-comers and visitors! Museum is open.

Upcoming Events



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 will start 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 is rescheduled from May.)

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Thursday July 25 - 6:00 PM
Tonganoxie Public Library, Tonganoxie, KS

"Book TALK" – a book discussion series made possible by Humanities Kansas and co-sponsored locally by the Tonganoxie Public Library and the Tonganoxie Historical Society. 

"A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains" by Isabella L. Bird is the third and final book in the series that started in March.  In 1873 Isabella Bird made an unlikely journey alone on horseback through the Rockies of Colorado, climbing Long's Peak, staying in mountain cabins, and observing the tumultuous world of the mining camps.  Check the book out at the public library and join us in the Tonganoxie Public Library for a discussion led by Sandra Wiechert.

The series has been sponsored by Humanities Kansas (HK), a nonprofit cultural organization, as part of its Talk About Literature in Kansas (TALK) program. HK is furnishing the books and discussion leaders for the Westering TALK series. For more information about HK, visit

Past Events



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



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.   READ MORE



There are annual events to watch for, all of which are open to the public. These include the Picnic in June and the Holiday Party in December.

Our 1936 Fire Pumper Truck is a regular in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in March and the Fair Parade in July.

We also have several annual fundraisers:
Come join us for our Annual Chili Supper in February. Warm up with Beef Vegetable Soup or Chili.  Add a baked potato.
We honor tradition with a Memorial Day Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast, with Flag Ceremony and Taps on Memorial Day in May.


See what's been happening at the Historical Soceity!

Ghost Town Bus Tour

How Many Towns Can You Name that were vibrant communities in the late 1800's and early 1900's? Find out where they were, what made them successful, and what happened to them.  Our first Ghost Town Bus Tour in May of 2018 focused on towns north and east of Tonganoxie. The next Bus Tour will be coming soon in the fall of 2019.