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 22 - 7:00 PM

"Kansas Motor Vehicle License Plates – a History"

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Museum is open

Tuesday October 1, 8, 18, 22, 29 – 9:00am to 4:00pm - Museum is open.
Wednesday October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 9:00am to noon
Sunday October 6, 13, 20, 27 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm – Museum is open.

We welcome any and all new-comers and visitors! Museum is open.

Upcoming Events



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

"Kansas Motor Vehicle License Plates – a History" Brady Mikijanis will present a program on the history of vehicle license plates in Kansas and Tonganoxie at the October Fourth Tuesday program at 7:00 pm on October 22, 2019.

In conjunction with this program, we will also host a grand opening for the new license plate exhibit, constructed by Brady, which will become part of the permanent collection. Brady donated a set of Leavenworth County license plates to the museum and has included some in his exhibit that were previously donated by Fred Scheller. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about vehicle licensing in Kansas and Tonganoxie. Refreshments will follow the program.

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Past Events



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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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.

TCHS is planning a second Ghost Town Bus Tour.
Watch for the date of the second TCHS Ghost Town Bus Tour. This tour will focus on the southern part of the county. The tour will take place in the Spring of 2020.