Tonganoxie Community Historical Society publishes a quarterly newsletter to update members of on-going business of the historical society and any upcoming events. There is always a feature on local history.
Excerpt from NEWSLETTER, January 2024
TCHS Museum Celebrates Twenty Years - By Kay Soetaert
Twenty years ago, the Historical Society opened our museum after years of planning, fundraising, and dedication from a talented team of volunteers. This opportunity became available when Mildred Knox Young donated the Fairchild-Knox Barns to TCHS in 1987. At that time, the barn was in a state of disrepair with a sunken roof and severe termite damage. The transformation was a work of love and today, twenty years later, the museum continues to expand and provide a place for education, gatherings, and lots of conversation.
TCHS was organized in 1981 by a group of locals who had a mission of preserving the colorful history of Tonganoxie and surrounding rural communities. The gift from Mildred Knox Young included the ten-acre site which only had the barn and silo at the time. The first major undertaking was moving Honey Valley School to the site and doing major renovation on the one-room school including the desks. Then in 1994, the Reno Methodist Church was also moved to the grounds. But during this time the members had another vision and that was to create a museum where artifacts and history could be shared. With the church and school projects completed they tackled the Hay Barn and Milk Room.
Newsletters from past years are archived on this website. (in PDF format)
For newsletters older than archived here, please contact the Museum Director.