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

Glacial Hills Quilt Trail

Barn Quilts are quilt blocks painted and hung on farm buildings or fences.  The quilt blocks are often painted by the resident of the farm or home where they are displayed.  The quilt blocks give tribute to our forebears who wasted nothing and were able to create quilts that were functional, but also reflective of the individual who created them.

The Glacial Hills Quilt Trail was established in October of 2015.  The trail currently incorporates barn quilt blocks in Leavenworth, Jackson, Jefferson, and Douglas counties. 

BARN QUILT BLOCK WORKSHOPS

TCHS sponsors classes for those wishing to learn how to create their own barn quilt block. The barn quilt workshops are held twice a year at the barn, taught by Jean Pearson, with assistance from other members and friends of the historical society.

The next Barn Block Workshop will be held in the Spring 2021 on a date to be determined. Send an email to TCHSTonganoxie@gmail.com if you are interested in getting more information on this fun day in the barn at the Historical Society & Museum.

The class fees include materials and instructions to create your own Barn Quilt Block. Patterns are available at the class or you can bring your own. The 2' x 2' and 4' x 4' blocks are MDO (medium density overlay) signboard, primed with an exterior paint. Exterior paints in many colors are available at the class. Arrive at 9:00am and walk out at 3:00pm with your own Barn Quilt Block. The fee for a 2' x 2' block is $50; the fee for a 4' x 4' is $100.

The October 5, 2019 Barn Block workshop was another success. Interesting tidbit – five of the blocks were done by people who traveled from Atchison and Oskaloosa, KS, as well as from Independence, MO, and Maryville, MO. It is wonderful to welcome travelers to our museum.
Photos from the workshop on October 5, 2019 at the Fairchild-Knox hay barn at the Tonganoxie Historical Society.

Photos from the workshop on October 20, 2018 at TCHS.

Tour the Glacial Hills Quilt Trail

View our Barn Quilts and locations.

The Glacial Hills Quilt Trail currently incorporates barn quilt blocks in the Leavenworth, Atchison, Jackson, Jefferson, and Douglas counties of Kansas.

Interested in Joining the Trail?

Download the application form and email the application form and a photo of your barn block in its permanent position per instructions on the application.

DOWNLOAD Application Form (pdf updated July 2020)