December 1, 2020

Museum volunteers continue to create new programming and exhibits. We have collaborated with the Tonganoxie Public Library on a farm-to-table learning unit for a second grade class at the elementary school. We have an exciting new exhibit at the First State Bank & Trust Fourth Street location featuring local authors. And we will feature our gift shop items in a socially distanced, masks-required Holiday Gift Shop during the first three weeks of December. Click here for more details.

Maintaining social distance and safety for our volunteers and visitors is paramount. The Museum is open to visitors by appointment only until further notice. Volunteers and visitors will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing. Call or email to make an appointment, or stop by some Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

As always, we love to hear from you and are available by phone (913-845-2960) and email (

The TCHS Board of Directors

TCHS will be closed for the holidays from December 20, 2020 though January 11, 2021.

Our mission is to discover, collect, identify, preserve and display materials which illustrate the history of the Tonganoxie community and to make these materials accessible to the community.

The Spring Barn Block Workshop: The next Barn Block Workshop will be scheduled in the Spring of 2021.
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This photograph of the Honey Valley Schoolhouse and a vintage tornado siren (in silhouette) was taken by Lani Putthoff in early September 2020.

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.


Happy Holidays!

TCHS will be closed for the holidays from December 20, 2020 though January 11, 2021.

The museum will be closed for three weeks during this holiday season, from December 20th until we reopen on January 12th. At that time, we will resume our abbreviated hours and we will open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 am to noon. As always, we continue to be open by appointment at other times.

Exhibit of Local Tonganoxie Authors

First State Bank & Trust, Fourth Street location
Open during regular banking hours

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Events Calendar


The museum and buildings are normally open to the public. For the foreseeable future, the museum is open by appointment only. Volunteers and visitors are required to wear masks and practice social distancing. Call 913-845-2960 or email

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


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