TCHS Welcomes You to Tonganoxie, KS

Tonganoxie was once home to some of the largest dairy farms in Kansas. The TCHS Museum is located on 10 acres of one of those dairies. The buildings include a 1932 milking parlor, hay barn and silo; a historic spring; a 1916 one room school house; a 1918 church; and a 1936 Fire Pumper Truck.

TCHS is a non-profit organization, funded through dues, donations, memorials, facility use fees, grants and various fund-raising activities.


December 12, 2023: 6:00pm
The Holiday Potluck dinner will be at the TCHS Barn on Tuesday, December 12th.
Meat and drinks will be provided. Please bring a potluck dish or dessert.


Museum will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Saturday November 25th.
We will also close for the Christmas Holiday from December 23, 2023 thru January 1, 2024. We will be open again on January 2, 2024.

Mark Your Calendar

January 23, 2024: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
“Tides, Terrain, and Nazis: How the Allies Planned the Invasion of France”

military historian Dr. Christopher Carey from Army University Press; sponsored by the Tonganoxie Civic Club

February 27, 2024: 7:00 pm: – 8:30pm
“U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums”

with educator Anita Tebbe; sponsored by Humanities Kansas.

March 26, 2024: 7:00 pm: – 8:30pm
“Holocaust Stories of Resistance and Resilience”

with author Caryn Mirriam Goldberg sponsored by Humanities Kansas

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Happy Birthday to the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society’s Museum!!!

JUNE 14th TCHS Turned 20!

The Grand Opening of the Museum was twenty years ago on June 14, 2003.

A big thank you to all the volunteers and donors who made this museum possible as it was truly a labor of love. And we continue to be grateful to all who donate their time and resources to this little gem. Happy 20th!!!

We have pictures on our Facebook page from the ribbon cutting held that special day, as well as other pictures from the Grand Opening and the many volunteers and guests in attendance.

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we turned 20 today

We need your help!

Research on the One Room Schools of Southwestern Leavenworth County

We are looking for experiences and stories from you or your family about learning in a one room schoolhouse.

Our volunteers are working on gathering memories and artifacts about the one room schools experience. Our Honey Valley Schoolhouse is the perfect place to serve as a repository of these stories. We are working to gather stories and narratives about one room schools and would love to talk with you.

What school are we researching? Bleakley, Central, Coal Ridge, Dafer, Eagle, Elmwood, Eureka, Fall Leaf, Faulkner, Friendship Valley, Hawk Hollow, Hazel Ridge, Honey Valley, Jarbalo, Linwood, Mackey, Mayginnis, Mound, Pickens, Pleasant Prairie, Pleasant Valley, Pony Creek, Reno, Sarcoxie, Skaggs, Smith, Springdale, Stanwood, Villa Eden, Walnut.

It is the stories of ordinary people that make history come alive for all of us. We know you can help us out! Call or email the museum to set up a time to share your stories and experiences.


Tuesdays – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesdays – 9:00am to noon
Saturdays – 10:00am to 2:00pm

Other times can be arranged by appointment.

Call 913-845-2960 or email

Holidays and weather can affect our times. Please call or check Facebook if uncertain.

We are funded through dues, donations, fund-raisers and grants. Your membership and your contributions are important.

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GO BACK to the mid-1800's and the beginning of the town of Tonganoxie. EXPERIENCE history through the lens of a small town.

DISCOVER the story of prehistoric people in this area and see the artifacts they left behind. LEARN about the Native Americans and immigrants who shaped this community.

EXPLORE the Fairchild-Knox hay barn and milking parlor, once one of the largest dairies in the state of Kansas.

IMAGINE education in a one room school house. Honey Valley School was established in 1869, the 56th school district in Leavenworth County. The school did not close until 1958.

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Photos from Yesteryear