July 24, 2020

COVID-19 has made quite an impact on the Historical Society and Museum. We miss our visitors and our programs, but caution is in order. There is much activity behind the scenes, as our volunteers work to collaborate with the library on some fun programs and finishing touches are put on the new exhibit, “The Spring at the Fairchild Dairy.” Remember When continues to be a feature in the weekly Tonganoxie Mirror.

Maintaining social distance and safety for our volunteers and visitors is paramount. Fourth Tuesday programs will not be held in person through the end of 2020. The Barn Block Workshop will not be held in the Fall of 2020, but we plan to reschedule in the Spring of 2021.

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.

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

The TCHS Board of Directors

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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Watch for our progress on constructing a new outside exhibit, "The Spring at the Fairchild Farm", funded by Humanities Kansas. READ MORE

DUE TO COVID-19, THE MUSEUM IS OPEN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. WE HOPE TO RESUME OUR REGULAR HOURS SOON:
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.

SPECIAL NEWSLETTER

SPECIAL NEWSLETTER, OCTOBER 2020
by Kent Quarles and Perry Walters
Black Soldiers from Kansas and the Civil War

Newsletter (PDF)

 

Announcements

The Spring at the Fairchild Dairy - Exhibit Tour
Saturday, September 26 - 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

On Saturday, September 26, we will host the third and final Saturday afternoon tours of the new exhibit, The Spring at the Fairchild Dairy. The exhibit is outside and social distancing will be observed. Masks will also be required. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Come to the museum grounds this Saturday anytime between 3:30 and 6:00 pm this Saturday.

This Saturday, Sept. 26, from 3:30-6:00pm, is the final Open Air – Open House for our new Spring at the Fairchild Dairy exhibit. This is an opportunity to enjoy some time outside, socially distanced and to learn about the spring at the new interpretive signage. If you cannot make it to the site this weekend, don’t worry. The spring exhibit is a permanent addition to our museum & grounds.

This weekend will also be an opportunity to purchase a commemorative, hand-turned mulberry bowl, made from the mulberry tree that marked the spring’s location since the mid-1900s.

And finally, a new episode of “To Tell the Historical Truth” has been posted on the Tonganoxie Public Library Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/tongielibrary/) Check out this fun collaboration of the historical society and the library. The answer was posted tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 25.

Poster

 

FOURTH TUESDAY PROGRAM: No in-person programs are anticipated through the end of 2020. We simply cannot guarantee that social distancing can be observed for these events.

BARN BLOCK WORKSHOP
TO BE RESCHEDULED IN THE SPRING 2021
Saturday, TBA - 9AM to 3PM
The next Barn Block Workshop will be scheduled in the Spring of 2021.

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Events Calendar

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HOURS

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 TCHSTonganoxie@gmail.com.

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

MUSEUM

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