May 22, 2020

We have missed our visitors so much in the past ten weeks. It seems like a very long time.

Our board has decided that we will take a cautious approach to reopening. The museum will open for research or meetings only, by appointment, starting on June 1, 2020. Volunteers and visitors will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing.

The museum and its exhibits will be open to the public with limited hours (Wednesday 10-noon and Sunday 1-4, starting July 1, 2020. Social distancing and masks may be required at that time.

We remain available by phone (913-845-2960) and email ( Please stay in touch and do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns.

The TCHS Board of Directors

Fourth Tuesday Program - March 24th, 7:00 pm
Program TBD

The spring Barn Block Workshop - March 28th, 9am to 3pm
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Watch for our progress on constructing a new outside exhibit, "The Spring at the Fairchild Farm", funded by Humanities Kansas. READ MORE

Museum is open.
Tuesdays – 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesdays – 9:00am to noon
Sundays – 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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 1916 one room school house; 1918 church; and a 1936 Fire Pumper Truck.

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


Monday, March 16 – 9:05 am
Timeline Radio will feature Joy Lominska talking about the new exhibit, "The Spring at the Fairchild Farm".

Tuesday, March 24 - 7:00PM
Program TBD

Saturday, March 28 - 9AM to 3PM
The spring Barn Block Workshop is scheduled for Saturday March 28 from 9 am to 3 pm. RESERVE YOUR PLACE TODAY!

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Events Calendar


Saturday, April 18, 2020
Grand Opening of our new exterior exhibit: "The Spring at the Fairchild Dairy"  – mark your calendar and watch for details

Monday, May 25, 2020
Memorial Day Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast at the Museum

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.


The museum and buildings are open to the public.
Come visit us!
Tuesdays 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesdays 9:00am – Noon
Sundays 1:00pm – 4:00pm 

Tours can also be arranged at other times by appointment.
In case of severe weather, ice, or heavy snow, the museum will be closed.
Admission is free – Donations are appreciated.


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