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, September 25, 2018 - 7:00 PM
"Lawbreakers for the Common Good"

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Museum is open.

Tuesday September 4, 11, 18, 25  – 9:00am to 4pm - Museum is open. 
Sunday September 3, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 1:00pm to 4pm – Museum is open.


Wednesday September 5, 12, 19, 26 – 9:00am to noon
We welcome any and all new-comers and visitors!  Museum is open.

Upcoming Events

Sept 1-3


Labor Day Weekend
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Labor Day Weekend, September 1 - 3, is the Tonganoxie Sunflower Stroll. We are part of that stroll. The museum will be open Saturday and Monday September 1 & 3 from 9 - 4 and Sunday September 2 from 1 - 4.

Look for us at the Pocket Park at Fourth & Delaware on Saturday, Sept 1 at noon for the judging of the Sunflower Growing Contest

Check out the Sunflower exhibit at the museum.  Free water and sunflower seed creation tasting.

Sept 18


Tuesday September 18 - 6:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

At the museum site in the basement of the Reno Church. Open to anyone who is interested. Our meetings last no longer than 90 minutes and we welcome visitors.

Sept 22


Saturday September 22 - 9:00 AM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Along with the Smithsonian and museums across the country, our museum will be open all day from 9:00 to 4:00.

Sept 25


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

"Lawbreakers for the Common Good"
Presented by Anne Hawkins, Humanities Kansas  This presentation explores true accounts of little- known operatives who worked illegally on the Under ground Railroad in Kansas, a clandestine network that helped guide enslaved people to freedom.
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Tuesday October 4 - 11:30 AM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Join us for a free event from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Thursday October 4 at the barn on the historical site. Adrian Zink author of Hidden History of Kansas will give a presentation and stay to autograph books. This event is co-sponsored with the Tonganoxie Public Library and the Tonganoxie Historical Society and Museum. Light lunch available.
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Tuesday October 23 - 7:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"The State Archives: Past, Present, and Future"
Presented by Matt Veatch, Kansas State Historical Society
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Tuesday November 27 - 7:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Leanne Chapman is active in the Jefferson County Historical Society. She will be talking about orphan trains and poor houses and will share some of her experiences with Jefferson Town in Oskaloosa. This is a good opportunity to learn more about the history just next door in Jefferson County.


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. Watch for the next Bus Tour, coming soon.