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.

March 26, 2019 - 7:00 PM
"Orphan Trains"
Presented by Leanne Chapman

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Museum is open.

Tuesday March 5, 12, 19, 26 – 9:00am to 4:00pm - Museum is open.
Sunday March 3, 10, 17, 24 – 1:00pm to 4pm – Museum is open.


Wednesday March 6, 13, 20, 27 – 9:00am to noon
We welcome any and all new-comers and visitors! Museum is open.

Upcoming Events



Tuesday March 26 - 7:00PM
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.

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Past Events



Tuesday February 26 - 7:00PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"The Grandfathers in Kansas: The Material Culture of the Delaware on the Frontier 1829-1867"

Wade Davis spoke about the Delaware Indians who lived in Tonganoxie on the Delaware Reservation prior to the founding the of the town.

Wade Davis, independent scholar, will use his background in living history and interpretation to talk about the day to day life of the Delaware, using historical objects and stories


Annual Chili Feed Supper

Thursday February 21 - 11:00AM - 7:00PM
328 E. 4th Street, Tonganoxie, KS

The annual TCHS Chili Supper was be held from 11am to 7pm at the United Methodist Church in downtown Tonganoxie.

The Chili Feed featured Chili, Vegetable Beef Soup or Baked Potato dinner with dessert and drink. It was excellent company for a delicious lunch or dinner, all while supporting our local museum at the same time!


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.