TCHS Events

FOURTH TUESDAY PROGRAMS

TCHS presents programs on the Fourth Tuesday of every month (except June, July, September, November and December).

These program meetings are normally held in the Reno Methodist Church on the museum site at 201 W. Washington Street in Tonganoxie. The meetings begin at 7:00 pm and include a brief business meeting and an historical program.

All members of the community are welcome. There are refreshments after the program and there is never a charge.

Feb
27

Fourth Tuesday Program
February 27, 2024 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums"
Presented by Anita Tebbe

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will host Anita Tebbe for her program, “Presidential Libraries and Museums”. Anita is an attorney and a retired professor of Legal Studies at Johnson County Community College. She also teaches continuing education classes at JCCC.

This program will be an overview of all of the presidential libraries and museums with emphasis on the Eisenhower and Truman Libraries and Museums. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas.

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Mar
26

Fourth Tuesday Program
March 26, 2024 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"Holocaust Stories of Resistance and Resilience"
Presented by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will host Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg for her program: Holocaust Stories of Resistance and Resilience. Caryn is a former Kansas Poet Laureate and author of 21 books, including Needle in the Bone, which is the basis of this presentation.

This is the story of Lou Frydman, a Holocaust survivor, and Jarek Piekalkiewicz, a Polish resistance fighter, and how they overcame great odds and personal tragedies to build new lives in Kansas. Sponsored by Humanities Kansas.

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The Museum is is now open to visitors on

Tuesdays from 9 am to 4 pm, Wednesdays from 9 am to noon, and Saturdays – 10 am to 2 pm!!!

Other times can be arranged by appointment.

We welcome all new-comers and visitors!

Upcoming Events

Mar
9

Barn Quilt Workshop

March 9, 2024 - 9:00AM to 2:00PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

The next Barn Block Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 9am to 2pm. 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. Costs for the Barn Block Workshops are $65 for a 2' x 2' block and $180 for a 4' x 4' block.

Send an email to TCHSTonganoxie@gmail.com if you are interested in signing up for this fun day in the barn at the historical society.

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Recent Events

Feb
15

Annual Chili Supper
February 15, 2024 - 11:00AM to 7:00PM
328 E. 4th Street, Tonganoxie, KS

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society Site will hold the 2024 Annual Chili Supper at the United Methodist Church located at 328 E 4th Street in Tonganoxie.

Menu is Chili, Vegetable Beef Soup, relishes, crackers, home-made pie and drinks.
Tickets will be $10 (at the door) and $9 (in advance).

For more information, or if you want to purchase advance tickets or volunteer,
please contact Kris Roberts 913-704-7043 or Janet Burnett 913-244-4157.

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Join us for a Holiday Party
Jan
30

Fourth Tuesday Program
January 30, 2024 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"Tides, Terrain, and Nazis:
How the Allies Planned to Invade France"

Presented by Dr. Christopher Carey
This program was postponed due to weather

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will welcome military historian Dr. Christopher Carey from Army University Press at Ft. Leavenworth for his program: Tides, Terrain, and Nazis: How the Allies Planned to Invade France.

Dr. Carey researches, writes, produces and directs films for the Army. This presentation will explore one of the films he has done about the D-Day Invasion. Sponsored by the Tonganoxie Civic Club.

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Dec
12

Holiday Potluck Dinner
December 12, 2023 - 6:00PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS


This year's Holiday Potluck dinner will be at the TCHS Barn beginning at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, December 12th. Meat and drinks will be provided. Please bring a potluck dish or dessert.

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Oct
24

Fourth Tuesday Program
October 24, 2023 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"Railroaded: The Industry that Shaped Kansas"
Presented by Leo Oliva

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will host Leo Oliva for his program “Railroaded: The Industry that Shaped Kansas”. Railroads brought immigrant settlers to Kansas, created jobs, and helped feed beef markets in the East. They enabled regular mail service and the adoption of standard time. Most Kansas towns were founded because of the railroad, yet the advancement of the railroad industry came at a substantial cost to the Indigenous Tribes of the Plains. This program will explore the complicated legacy of the railroads in Kansas.

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Oct
21

Barn Quilt Workshop

October 21, 2023 - 9:00AM to 2:00PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

The next Barn Block Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 9am to 2pm.
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. Costs for the Barn Block Workshops are $65 for a 2' x 2' block and $180 for a 4' x 4' block.

Send an email to TCHSTonganoxie@gmail.com if you are interested in signing up for this fun day in the barn at the historical society.

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Sept
-Oct

Hitting the Road: 100 Years on the Victory Highway

September 19, 2023
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society & Museum will host a new traveling exhibit telling the story of the 60-mile segment of the Victory Highway that connected Kansas City and Topeka, about the road culture that grew up with the new highway, and how it impacted the lives of people along the road.

This exhibit is the result of a partnership between the Watkins Museum of History and the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society, with assistance from the Wyandotte County Museum,the Gallup Map Company, and the Kansas State Historical Society.

The exhibit will premiere on September 16 at Tonganoxie Days in the old city council chambers on Delaware Street. From September 19 through October 14, the exhibit will be on display at the Museum during regular hours.

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Aug
22

Fourth Tuesday Program
August 22, 2023 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"In the Eye of the Border Storm:
The Under Ground Railroad at Quindaro, Kansas Territory 1857"

Presented by Dr. Steve Collins

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will welcome Dr. Steve Collins for his program: In the Eye of the Border Storm: The Under Ground Railroad at Quindaro, Kansas Territory 1857.

The presentation focuses on the history of this Free State town and its Under Ground Railroad from the arrival of Wyandot Natives to the issue of the final copy of the Quindaro Chindowan Newspaper in Summer of 1858.

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Jun
24

AROUND THE CAMPFIRE

June 24, 2023 - 7:00PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

This Saturday evening we're partnering up with the Tonganoxie Public Library for an evening around the campfire.

We're excited to have Native American storyteller Bluebird Taylor lead us in stories and basket weaving.

We'll have water, smores, popcorn, and sausages on sticks. You're more than welcome to bring your own cooler and drinks (just no alcohol, please), and we do suggest you bring lawn chairs for seating.

Memorial Day
Jun
14

TCHS Turned 20!

June 14, 2023
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Happy Birthday to the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society’s Museum!!!The Grand Opening of the Museum was twenty years ago on June 14, 2003.

A big thank you to all the volunteers and donors who made this museum possible as it was truly a labor of love. And we continue to be grateful to all who donate their time and resources to this little gem. Happy 20th!!!

We have pictures on our Facebook page from the ribbon cutting held that special day, as well as other pictures from the Grand Opening and the many volunteers and guests in attendance.

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we turned 20 today
Jun
5-9

TCHS History Camp 2023

June 5-9, 2023: 9am-noon
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"Stars of Kansas - History Meets Science"

TCHS History Camp 2023, "Stars of Kansas - History Meets Science," was held June 5-9, 2023. We had 19 kids going into 4th, 5th and 6th grades learning about communication, paleontology and water and it is only Wednesday!

History Camp Meets Science 2023 ended Friday for our 19 campers and volunteers. Thursday was Transportation Day and Friday was Farm Chemistry Day. Ended camp with making homemade ice cream and sharing with campers’ families. Thanks to all for another amazing History Camp.

History Camp
May
29

MEMORIAL DAY

May 29, 2023 - 7:30 am to 9:30 am
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Fifth Annual Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast

Flag Ceremony by VFW Post 9271 & American Legion Post 41
Reveille by Boy Scout Troop 357

Museum Open - Donations Accepted

All proceeds benefit the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society

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Memorial Day
May
23

Fourth Tuesday Program
May 23, 2023 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"Faith and Camp Funston"
Presented by Patricia Cecil

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will host Patricia Cecil for a program on “Faith and Camp Funston.” Camp Funston, located at Fort Riley near Junction City, was the largest of 16 divisional training camps built during World War I to house and train soldiers. Recruits encountered men from unfamiliar places, ethnicities, and religions. The camp was also the site of the first outbreak of influenza during the pandemic of 1917-1918. This talk explores the ways in which servicemen experienced and expressed their faith in this camp as they prepared for war overseas.

Patricia Cecil is curator for faith, religion, and WWI at the World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri. She promotes an understanding of the vital roles of faith and religion in WWI and their impact on the global community.

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Apr
25

Fourth Tuesday Program
April 25, 2023 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"A Moth on the Publick Purse: A Short History of Fort Osage"
Presented by David Bennett

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will host David Bennett for a program on “A Moth on the Publick Purse: A Short History of Fort Osage”. Built under the direction of General William Clark of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition, Fort Osage was established in 1808 as a military outpost in the newly acquired Louisiana Territory.

David has been a scholar and historic interpreter for 43 years. He is a former military interpreter for Fort Osage, National Historic Landmark and a volunteer for Jackson County Parks and Recreation since 1985. He is an author of books and numerous articles. Mr. Bennett is the founder and coordinator of the Annual War of 1812 in the West Symposium and he is also the founder of the 1st United States Infantry-Clemson’s Company and Missouri Rangers living history organization in 1991.

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Mar
28

Fourth Tuesday Program
March 28, 2023 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

"The Civil War in Kansas"
Presented by Will Haynes, Director of Engagement and Learning, Watkins Museum

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will host Will Haynes for a program on “The Civil War in Kansas.”

Will is the Director of Engagement and Learning for the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence. His tasks at the museum include planning and promoting public events, managing volunteers, and contributing research and text for exhibits. Will is currently working on two Civil War history book projects. He earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Kansas and has contributed to public history projects involving the New York Times, the Truman Library Institute, and the Kansas City Public Library.

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Mar
18

Barn Quilt Workshop

March 18, 2023 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

The next Barn Block Workshop will be held on Saturday March 18th from 9am to 2pm.
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. Costs for the Barn Block Workshops are $65 for a 2' x 2' block and $140 for a 4' x 4' block.

Send an email to TCHSTonganoxie@gmail.com if you are interested in signing up for this fun day in the barn at the historical society.

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Feb
28

Fourth Tuesday Program
February 28, 2023 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Memories: Identifying Old Photos of Tonganoxie People and Places

You may have old photographs of Tonganoxie people and places that you are not able to identify or would like to know more about them. Please bring them to this program. We will discuss these photographs and try to identify the various people and places in them.

The program will begin with a brief business meeting followed by sharing and discussion of the photographs.

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Feb
16

Annual Chili Supper

February 16, 2022 from 11am – 7pm
United Methodist Church - 328 East 4th Street
Tonganoxie, KS 66086

Our Annual Chili Supper will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2023 at the United Methodist Church in Tonganoxie.

Enjoy excellent company with your lunch or dinner and support your local museum at the same time. Served with crackers, relishes, dessert and drink. Tickets: Adults $10.00 - Advance Tickets $9.00

For more information, or if you wish to volunteer or purchase advance tickets, please contact Kris Roberts 913-704-7043 or Janet Burnett 913-244-4157

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chili
Jan
23

Fourth Tuesday Program
January 24, 2023 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Lyda Burton Conley and the Strength of the Wyandot Women
Presented by Judith Yunghans Manthe

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will host Judith Yunghans Manthe for a program on Lyda Burton Conley and the Strength of the Wyandot Women.

Judy is Principal Chief of the Wyandot Nation of Kansas. She has devoted her life to teaching others of the Wyandot history and her heritage. Lyda Conley and her sisters fought to save the Huron Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1910 she was the third woman and the first Native American to argue a case before the Supreme Court of the United States.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

There are annual events to watch for, all of which are open to the public. These include the Picnic in June and the Holiday Party in December.

Our 1936 Fire Pumper Truck is a regular in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in March and the Fair Parade in July.

We also have several annual fundraisers:

  • Come join us for our Annual Chili Supper in February. Warm up with Beef Vegetable Soup or Chili.  Add a baked potato.
  • We honor tradition with a Memorial Day Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast, with Flag Ceremony and Taps on Memorial Day in May.

Ghost Town Bus Tour

How Many Towns Can You Name that were vibrant communities in the late 1800's and early 1900's? Find out where they were, what made them successful, and what happened to them.  Our first Ghost Town Bus Tour in May of 2018 focused on towns north and east of Tonganoxie.

TCHS is planning a second Ghost Town Bus Tour.
Watch for the date of the second TCHS Ghost Town Bus Tour. This tour will focus on the southern part of the county.