TCHS Events

FOURTH TUESDAY PROGRAMS

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.

FOURTH TUESDAY PROGRAM
Tuesday August 27 - 7:00 PM

"Landscaping the Historical Site"

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Museum is open

Tuesday August 6, 13, 20, 27 – 9:00am to 4:00pm - Museum is open.
Sunday August 4, 11, 18, 25 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm – Museum is open.

VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS

Wednesday August 7, 14, 21, 28 – 9:00am to noon
We welcome any and all new-comers and visitors! Museum is open.

Upcoming Events

Aug
27

FOURTH TUESDAY PROGRAM

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

"Landscaping the Historical Site" We will talk about how the landscaping at the historical site came to be and what we can do in the future. After the program, there will be an opportunity to collect some cuttings and rhizomes.

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Sept
24

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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Past Events

July
23

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 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 was rescheduled from May.)

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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.

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.

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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.

TCHS is planning a second Ghost Town Bus Tour. The next tour will focus on the southern part of the county. Watch for the date to be announced!