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

"Traditional Tales Of Tonganoxie"

Traditional Tales of Tonganoxie

This 4-DVD set includes 30 chapters of Tonganoxie history told with photographs, maps, narration, and interviews, "Ken Burns" style. The DVD was several years in the making, and was released for the Town's Sesquicentennial Celebration of the platting of Tonganoxie in 2016.

The stories come from oral traditions.  The DVDs are narrated by three members, with supplemental voices from the archives of the Tonganoxie Historical Society Oral History project. 

The set covers roughly the first 100 years of Tonganoxie's written history.  The first chapter starts with the Delaware Indians and proceeds through the platting of the town in 1866, its early history, the importance of the dairy industry and the apple orchards of the area, into the 1930's and ends with the depression, the dust bowl, rationing, and WW II.

Narration by Susy Ross (The Delaware Indians), Laurie Walters, and Perry Walters

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society won the 2016 Technology Award from the Kansas Museums Association for this DVD.   Download PDF to read more.

Video Excerpts


DVDs are available for sale by the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society. The set contains the 4 DVDs noted above plus the jewel case. If it has to be mailed, a mailing fee will be charged.