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

Historic DVDs

"Ghost Towns Around Tonganoxie"

Traditional Tales of Tonganoxie

Twenty-five towns are highlighted on this DVD.

Some of the towns still exist, such as Linwood and Jarbalo. Others, such as Little Stranger, Boling, Fall Leaf and Neely are now mirages in hay fields or marked by stone foundations nearly hidden.  

This DVD was developed as a companion to the first Ghost Town Bus Tour in May of 2018.

The format is photographs, maps, and diagrams accompanied by the narration of three local historians.

The stories tell about the settling of the county, the impact of the railroads, and the importance of farming, dairy, apples, and people.

Narration by Virginia Seymour, Carrie Ritchey, Laurie Walters, and Perry Walters

Video Excerpts


DVDs are available for sale by the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society.