May 22, 2020

We have missed our visitors so much in the past ten weeks. It seems like a very long time.

Our board has decided that we will take a cautious approach to reopening. The museum will open for research or meetings only, by appointment, starting on June 1, 2020. Volunteers and visitors will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing.

The museum and its exhibits will be open to the public with limited hours (Wednesday 10-noon and Sunday 1-4, starting July 1, 2020. Social distancing and masks may be required at that time.

We remain available by phone (913-845-2960) and email ( Please stay in touch and do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns.

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. 


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 on Saturday, March 28, 2020.  Send an email to if you are interested in signing up for this fun day in the barn at the historical society.

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)

DOWNLOAD Application Form (Word format)