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

Historic Books

"The Old Home Place: the Story of a Kansas Farm"

Traditional Tales of Tonganoxie

The Old Home Place is the story of a farm in eastern Jefferson County. The author, Joy Lominska, is an active volunteer at the Tonganoxie Museum and has been instrumental in several exhibits and school programs. The book reads like a novel, tracing the farm, its occupants and its crops from the late 1800s to the present day. 

"This fascinating and engaging account of people and the land provides insight into an earlier time in the American Midwest. Joy's story focuses on relationships and events centered on a small farm, and in doing so, she both unearths a rich place-based history and instills a broader appreciation for the future connection of people with the land." 
W. Dean Kettle, Kansas Biological Survey

This book is available for purchase at the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society. Call or email to reserve your copy. 913-845-2960;



Books are available for sale by the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society. If it has to be mailed, a mailing fee will be charged.