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, October 23, 2018 - 7:00 PM
"The State Archives: Past, Present, and Future"

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Museum is open.

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


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

Upcoming Events

Sept 18


Tuesday October 16 - 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.



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
Join us for a presentation by Kansas State Archivist Matt Veatch. Mr. Veatch will present virtual highlights from the State Archives collections, including John Brown letters and even a few Tongie-related items. He will also discuss the future of the archives and offer some hints on how you can preserve your own digital memories for generations to come. 
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Tuesday November 27 - 7:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"Orphan Trains"
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.



Tuesday December 18 - 7:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Save the Date and watch for more details!



Tuesday January 22 - 7:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"When Kings Reigned" Presented by Barbara Higgins-Dover. The documentary "When Kings Reigned" produced in Lawrence, Kansas, will be shown. Barbara Higgins-Dover, the producer, will talk about the making of the movie and give 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.

Past Events

Sept 1-3


Labor Day Weekend
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Labor Day weekend marked the second annual Tonganoxie Sunflower Stroll.  The event premiered in 2017, organized by the Tonganoxie Business Association.  TCHS participated last year by opening the museum all three days of the Memorial Day weekend. This year, we opened again for the entire weekend and more than doubled our visitors from last year.

Along with the Tonganoxie Business Association, we sponsored a Sunflower Growing Contest during the Sunflower Stroll on Labor Day weekend.  Jean Pearson and Erin Ellsworth were judges.  Every first place winner received a 2018 Grinter t-shirt, complements of Kris Grinter at Sunflower General.  All participants were given a free ice cream cone, complements of Sonic Drive-in, a sunflower book, and a hand-crafted ribbon, complements of Betty Englen.

Sept 25


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

"Lawbreakers for the Common Good"
Anne Hawkins kept us riveted to our seats as she presented the program at the Sept 23 Fourth Tuesday.
Anne covered the history of the Fugitive Slave Act and why the Border War in Kansas and Missouri started years before the civil war.  Her presentation about conscience and a greater good was full of stories of individual people who risked everything to fight slavery.
Anne's presentation was sponsored and funded by Humanities Kansas, formerly the Humanities Council of Kansas.
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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.