TCHS Events


TCHS presents programs on the Fourth Tuesday of every month (except June, July, 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.


May 24, 2022 – “Creighton Siegert,” Jon Nelson

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


Fourth Tuesday Program

May 24, 2022 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Fairchild/Knox Hay Barn
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

“Creighton Siegert” prensented by Jon Nelson

Creighton Siegert, a Tonganoxie HS grad of 1942, was killed on his first bombing mission over Germany in April of 1944. Jon Nelson, a 1970 Tonganoxie High School graduate and a 1974 graduate of Kansas State University in civil engineering. He and his wife Glenda, also a 1970 THS grad, have lived in Oklahoma for nearly 48 years. Jon is soon to be fully retired from Tetra Tech, Inc., where he was a Senior Vice President. Jon has fond memories of going to the West End Lunch as a child with his dad Gene. During one visit, the owners, Paul and Frances (Frank) Siegert, talked about losing their only child Creighton in World War II. Jon thought that someday he would like to know more about Paul and Frank’s son, and this led to extensive research into Creighton’s life and his experience during the war. Jon is nearly finished writing a book about Creighton, his B-24 bomber crewmates and their one bombing mission over Germany in April of 1944.

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Past Events


A New Traveling Exhibit

March 23, 2022 - April 30, 2022
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Living Sovereignty: Sustaining Indigenous Autonomy in “Indian Territory” Kansas

From March 23 to April 30, the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society & Museum will host a new traveling exhibit, entitled “Living Sovereignty: Sustaining Indigenous Autonomy in ‘Indian Territory” Kansas.”

Living Sovereignty explores the histories of the tribal peoples that populated Kansas and the ways they found to express their sovereignty and maintain cultural identity. The traveling exhibit is the result of a collaboration between Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, the Watkins Museum of History, and the Museum Studies Program at the KU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.


Fourth Tuesday Program

April 26, 2022 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

“The Harvey Girls” Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay, Humanities Kansas Speaker’s Bureau

The Harvey House chain of restaurants got its start in Topeka when Fred Harvey opened a café for people traveling the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway. Preferring the term “Harvey Girl” to waitress, he recruited single women to work at his restaurants that gradually sprang up all the way to California and Texas. This presentation explores the job duties and working conditions of Harvey Girls from 1876 to the early 1950s.

Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay teaches women’s studies and education at Kansas State University. Her current research focuses on the Harvey Girls and historic sites on the K-State campus, especially those related to women. “Women in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who wanted jobs or careers outside of the home had few choices,” said Chance-Reay. “But the Harvey Company offered unique opportunities. It was demanding work but it provided a decent salary in a protected environment, in addition to travel and adventure.”

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KPR Presents

April 17, 2022 - 6:00PM
on the stations of Kansas Public Radio

Tune in to KPR 91.5 to hear Joy Lominska and Kris Roberts being interviewed by Kaye McIntyre regarding the traveling exhibit in the Tonganoxie Museum, Living Sovereignty: Sustaining Indigenous Autonomy in "IndianTerritory" Kansas. Their interview will follow the US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, who is Muskogee/Creek.

The program will air at 6:00pm on Sunday evening, April 17, with a rebroadcast at 6am on Saturday April 23 on the stations of Kansas Public Radio, FM 91.5 in Lawrence, and streaming and on-demand at

Kaye McIntyre, Kris Roberts, Joy Lominska

Fourth Tuesday Program

March 22, 2022 - 7:00PM to 8:30PM
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Dawn Buehler, the Kansas Riverkeeper and Executive Director with Friends of the Kaw.

The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society will host its Fourth Tuesday Program on March 22nd beginning at 7pm.

This program meeting will be held in the Fairchild/Knox Hay Barn on the museum site.

Coincidentally, March 22nd is also World Water Day.

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Barn Quilt Workshop

March 19, 2022 from 9am – 2pm
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

The next Barn Block Workshop will be held on Saturday March 19th 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 $60 for a 2' x 2' block and $140 for a 4' x 4' block.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. Arrive at 9:00am and walk out at 2:00pm with your own Barn Quilt Block.

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

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Chili Supper  - CANCELLED

February 17, 2022 from 11am – 6:30pm
201 W. Washington, Tonganoxie, KS

Considering the current COVID situation, the TCHS Board has decided not to have the traditional Chili Supper this year.

Instead, we are planning a summer food drive to benefit the Good Shepherd Thrift Shop. Watch for more details!



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.


See what's been happening at the Historical Soceity!

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.