TCHS Events

Monthly Historical Society MeetingS

Tonganoxie Historical Society Meeting

TCHS presents programs on the fourth Tuesday of every month (except June and December). These program meetings are held in the Reno Methodist Church on the museum site at 201 W. Washington in Tonganoxie. The meetings begin at 7:00 pm.

All members of the community are welcome. 

There is no charge and there are refreshments following the program.

Upcoming Events

Board Meeting
Tuesday Nov 14, 6:30 PM

Featured Event
Tuesday Nov 28, noon
Exploring the Nooks
and Crannies of Kansas

TCHS Program Meeting
Tuesday Nov 28, 7:00 PM
Women Writers
on the Santa Fe Trail

Tuesday November 28 - NOON
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"Exploring the Nooks and Crannies of Kansas"

The Kansas Guidebook 2 for ExplorersResearch duo to give program on new Kansas guidebook. Marci Penner and WenDee Rowe of the Kansas Sampler Foundation spent four years going to every one of the 626 incorporated cities in Kansas. The result or their research journey is The Kansas Guidebook 2 for Explorers.

On Tuesday, November 28 at noon, Penner and Rowe will come to Tonganoxie. They will give a presentation, "Exploring the Nooks and Crannies of Kansas", at the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society, 201 W. Washington Street.  There is no charge to attend the program and the event will include a light lunch.

"We will take the audience on a fun picture journey throughout the state sharing road trip ideas and telling stories about our adventures. From restaurant suggestions to art, architecture, history, geography and more, we'll give you a sampling of what to see in Kansas and share tips on how to explore."

After the program, the co-authors will sign and sell the Kansas Guidebook 2 for explorers at the museum. The 480-page, coil-bound book is chock full of information that can be used to plan Kansas road trips. Along with 4,500 entries that provide descriptions, directions, hours, and contact information, there are more than 1,600 color pictures. Rowe says, "Many people will be interested in the 843 restaurants, cafes, drive-in's, and soda fountains!"

The book is designed to help achieve the Foundation mission to preserve and sustain rural culture. Penner says, "Though the book reads like a travel guide, it's intended to help people get to know the state and learn about towns of every size." Among the diverse entries, guidebook users will find historic bridges, beautiful statues, specialty shops, quirky sites, little known points-of-interest, cemetery finds, bike trails and backroad scenic drives statewide. Rowe said, "There really is something for everyone whether you are looking for outdoor sites or ways to get to know a town." Find more information at

The program is sponsored by the Tonganoxie Business Association, the Southern Leavenworth County Leadership Development Council, and the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society.


TCHS Fourth Tuesday Program

Tuesday November 28 - 7:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail"

A presentation and discussion by Leo E. Oliva on Tuesday, November 28 at 7:00 pm at Tonganoxie Museum, 201 West Washington Street, Tonganoxie, KS.  Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, which is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

The program is one of the regular Fourth Tuesday programs hosted by the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society.  Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Some of the first women to travel across present day Kansas were travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. The presentation will look at the adventures and reflections of four women who wrote their own stories. One woman traveled with her husband's wagon train in 1846, while another traveled back and forth five times between the ages of 7 and 17. The most famous woman to be discussed, however, was Julia Archibald Holmes who later became the first women to climb Pike's Peak in Colorado.

Leo Oliva is a historian with a research focus on 19th-century Kansas. He is the author of Soldiers on the Santa Fe Trail, six books for the Kansas Fort Series, and a founding member of the Santa Fe Trail Association and Fort Larned Old Guard.

"Women who traveled the Santa Fe Trail provide a different perspective than men, with more intimate details about the environment, other travelers, and their own feelings," said Oliva. "Each of these four women had a unique experience. Their letters, diaries, and memoirs still inform and enchant us today."

"Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail" is part of the Kansas Humanities Council's Kansas Stories Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions that examine our shared human experience—our innovations, culture, heritage, and conflicts.

The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities.  For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785/357-0359 or visit online at


TCHS Board Meeting

Tuesday November 14 - 6:30 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

At the museum site in the basement of the church.

Open to the public.

Volunteer Work Days

Wednesdays - 9:00 AM to noon
November 1, November 8, November 15, November 29

We welcome any and all new-comers!

Exterior Exhibit

Three Barn Quilts have been hung on the north face of the Fairchild-Knox hay Barn.

The three blocks are just visible when heading south on 24-40 just west of Vintage Park.  View the blocks by traveling west on 8th Street of coming in the main entrance to the museum on Washington Street, just west of West Haven Baptist Church.

These are part of the Glacial Hills Quilt Trail, which currently incorporates barn quilt blocks in Leavenworth, Jackson, and Douglas counties. 


Past Events

See what's been happening at TCHS so far this year!  VIEW 2017 EVENTS


Special Events

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.

There are also special events from time to time, the spring opening event, often with a Back in Time theme.

Watch for the 1936 Pumper Truck in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Leavenworth County Fair Parade in late July.