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 Oct 17
6:30 PM

TCHS Program Meeting
Tuesday Oct 24
7:00 PM
Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence

Friday Oct 27
6:00 PM

New 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. 

TCHS Fourth Tuesday Program

Tuesday October 24 - 7:00 PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence"

Did you know that Quantrill lived in Lawrence for about 6 months? He lived in a hotel near the Kaw River. He used the name Charley Hart.

Do you know the battle cry when Quantrill's men entered Lawrence? It was "Remember Osceola". James H. Lane had led men on September 22, 1861 into Osceola, Missouri, where they defeated a secessionist force, looted the town, liberated hundreds of slaves, and summarily executed nine locals. Of the 800 buildings in town, only three were spared from burning.

Our program is a video recording of Harold Riehm's portrayal of Rev. Richard Cordley, the pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church, and an eyewitness of Quantrill's raid on Lawrence on August 21, 1863. Harold Riehm is well-known re-enactor in the Lawrence area. He is a retired political science professor from KU.

This program is an in-depth study of Quantrill's raid on Lawrence and the events leading to this raid and what happened in Lawrence after the raid.

Richard Cordley was born in Nottingham, England, but grew up in Michigan. He came to Lawrence and was pastor of the Plymouth Church from 1857 to 1875 and 1884 to 1904 when he died. Because Rev. Cordley was an outspoken abolitionist, he was marked for death by the raiders, but he was able to avoid being seen or captured. But his house and all of its contents were burned. A few years later he wrote about this raid on Lawrence. He was an eyewitness to the destruction.

Program will be held at the museum site in the Barn. As always, the public is welcome and the program is free. Popcorn will be served.



Friday, October 27 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Downtown Tonganoxie, KS

The Historical Society will have a table and treats for the children of Tonganoxie during this annual event.

TCHS Board Meeting

Tuesday October 17 - 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
October 4, October 11, October 18, October 25

We welcome any and all new-comers!


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.