Tonganoxie Community Historical Society

Tonganoxie Community Historical Society The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society is a non-profit organization started in 1981 to bring together those interested in the history of our community. The first officers were president John Cass Lenahan, vice president Jack Angell, secretary Margaret Gallagher and treasurer Mike Emery. Our community is defined as the area encompassed by Unified School District 464 . The Society owns and operates 10 acres — called the Site — and these buildings: the Honey Valley School, Reno Methodist Church, Fairchild/Knox Dairy barn and milk parlor and fire house.

Leavenworth County Kansas
Leavenworth County Kansas

Leavenworth County Kansas

Leavenworth County Health Department COVID-19 Update
Today (03-20-2020) at 17:00 PM, the Leavenworth County Health Department (LCHD) reports:
• 38 people tested, with 20 negative results
• 14 pending lab result
• 12 people tested from private labs with all negative results.
• Four (4) total positive cases.

Disinfecting Details Regarding COVID-19

The virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is stable for several hours to days in aerosols and on surfaces, according to a new study from National Institutes of Health. The scientists found that the coronavirus was detectable:

• In aerosols for up to three (3) hours
• Copper up to four (4) hours
• Cardboard up to 24 hours
• Stainless steel and plastic up to 72 hours

The results provide key information about the stability of SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, and suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects. This testing is considered preliminary at this point and has not been peer reviewed. This is not meant to invoke fear, but to assist our community in taking every possible precaution in spreading this virus.

Knowledge is power and knowing that information continues to change and this public health outbreak evolves.

Residents experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, should contact the LCHD at (913) 250-2000 with their concerns. Those who have reason to believe they have encountered a person infected with COVID-19 should also utilize that number.

Leavenworth County has created a website dedicated to the dissemination of information relating to COVID-19 ( and the Health Department’s social media platforms. Please visit that website or those belonging to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO) for the most current and reputable information available.

We’re excited too!

We’re excited too!

We have some VERY exciting news to share! Little Stranger Church was awarded the highly-competitive Heritage Trust Fund grant from Kansas Historical Society for $90,000. These funds will go toward installing our new doors, restoring the the windows and siding, and painting the building.

We still need to cover several thousand dollars on our own to make this project a reality. If you feel inclined to be a part of this historic restoration, please donate today.

THANK YOU to everyone who has donated in the past, attended a soup or pie social, or volunteered at an event, and to KSHS for this amazing opportunity!


The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society is closing the Tonganoxie Museum to visitors, effective Sunday, March 15. We will remain closed until March 31, and will evaluate a re-opening date at that time.

We are canceling the Fourth Tuesday program on March 24 and the Barn Block Workshop on March 28. We will reschedule the Barn Block Workshop at a future time.

We will continue to answer the phone for any questions or concerns. 913-845-2960

We hope you stay healthy and safe in the coming weeks.

First City Photo and Frames

First City Photo and Frames

Lena Keller was the granddaughter of George Keller, who came to Leavenworth with his family in 1854. He was the proprietor of the first hotel in Leavenworth and in the state of Kansas in 1854. The Keller’s were well known in the town and so it was quite the society scandal when Lena married Charles Neely in 1889, divorces him several years later and marries Major Maury H. Nichols of Fort Leavenworth. She would travel the country with her husband stationed in small military post all over the west. In 1910, the Nichols’ would be stationed at Augur Barracks, Jolo Jolo, Philippines. By that time he had been promoted to Colonel. He would enjoy retirement for only a few years before his death in 1922 with Lena following him a few years later. Both are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


Our Fourth Tuesday program is at 7:00 pm on February 25. Mark your calendar for the evening: “Being Good Neighbors – A Conversation.” City Manager George Brajkovic and Mayor David Frese will join us to talk about the housing development just east of museum grounds and south of Vintage Park. As always, refreshments follow the program, which is free and open to the public.

From the March 4, 1920 Tonganoxie Mirror

From the March 4, 1920 Tonganoxie Mirror

Today is a great day for soup or chili!! 🥰

Today is a great day for soup or chili!! 🥰

Another barn quilt class coming soon!

Another barn quilt class coming soon!

A few pics from our celebration for George Cooper’s 100th birthday!!! 🎂💃🏻🕺

A few pics from our celebration for George Cooper’s 100th birthday!!! 🎂💃🏻🕺

The (Tonganoxie) Mirror
The (Tonganoxie) Mirror

The (Tonganoxie) Mirror

#MirrorNews update: George Cooper had a special time this past Sunday at First Congregational Church. The congregation helped him celebrate turning 100. Another reception will be this Sunday at the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society campus site.

It’s almost time for the chili supper again! 😀

It’s almost time for the chili supper again! 😀

Kansas Historical Society

Kansas Historical Society

Happy Kansas Day! How are you celebrating today? #kansashistory

Bannack Association

Bannack Association

Jan 19, 1896 Butch Cassidy was released from a Wyoming prison and immediately headed for a place called Hole-in-the-Wall, the last great hideout of the western outlaws. He had learned of this place behind the walls of the penitentiary and he resolved to put together the last super-bandit gang. Hole-in-the-Wall was located in Wyoming, more of a fortress than Cassidy's old Utah haven, Robber's Roost. At Hole-in-the-Wall, Cassidy was welcomed by the notorious Logan brothers, Harvey and Lonnie. Harvey Logan was the worst killer of the Wild Bunch, a brooding, small-bodied man with piercing black eyes, who had taken the name of Kid Curry, after another Hole-in-the-Wall bandit, Big Nose George Curry. TL


Due to inclement weather, we have decided to cancel the holiday dinner scheduled for Tuesday evening. We have no plans to reschedule at this time.

Little Stranger Church

Little Stranger Church

Happy Veterans Day!

On August 8, 1943, a service flag dedication was held at Little Stranger Church. A flag with stars representing the young men in the Boling community serving in World War II was presented and hung inside the church, where it stayed for many years.

Does anyone remember this event, or the flag?

Photos are from the scrapbook of Phyllis Gable, a long-time supporter of the church who was involved in many clubs and events throughout the years.

Little Stranger Church

Little Stranger Church

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
11 AM - 1 PM, 5 - 7 PM

Boling Grange Hall
25563 Tonganoxie Rd, Leavenworth, KS 66048

Homemade soups, bread, & desserts
Raffle Prizes
Dine-in or To-go
$8 suggested donation

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Plan your holiday parties now! We have space available 😊

Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of...
Veterans Day Facts

Veterans Day occurs on November 11 every year in the United States in honor of the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918 that signaled the end of World War I, known as Armistice Day.

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an

Stationed at Fort Leavenworth

Stationed at Fort Leavenworth

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Oct 17, 2006.
Remembering the young heroes who on this day, gave the ultimate sacrifice for this country. US Army CPL David M. Unger, first Leavenworth native killed in Iraq, died of injuries suffered when an improvised explosive devise detonated near his vehicle. Also killed were 2nd Lt. Christopher E. Loudon, 23, of Brockport, Pa., Cpl Russel G. Culbertson III, 22, of Amity, Pa., and Spc Joseph C. Dumas Jr., 25, of New Orleans.
Sometimes we forget the pain of those left behind. We leave the funeral and it seems that the day for us to grieve - for those of us who are bystanders and spectators, recipients of their sacrifice, but not directly affected by their loss - is forgotten. But not for those who were directly affected by their loss. Not for their husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, their brothers and sisters and sons and daughters, who continue the walk through life in silent sorrow remembering their loved ones daily. Be it in a song on the radio, the empty seat at the dining room table, or a hollow emptiness on a bedroom pillow. We wish this upon no father or mother to receive the call of their son or daughter being killed on the battlefield. We wish this upon no wife, nor child. We cannot imagine the pain and hollowness left behind by such a loss. We mourn with them and hold them in our hearts. May they be strengthened by the nation's love for our countrymen. And by our appreciation from a grateful heart.
We remember them today. The soldiers and their sacrifices. And in their honor, we vow to remember those silent warriors left behind in the squadrons..., in the homes..., and on the streets of our nation, mourning the loss of a loved one.
CPL Unger is survived by his wife Laura Unger, his son Gage in Leavenworth, Kansas, his parents Matt Unger and Diana Pitts of Leavenworth, Kansas. Photo below of Sgt. Maj. Matthew Unger, right, and his son, Jeremy Unger, as they embrace during services for their son and brother, Cpl. David Unger, at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Our thoughts and prayers with the families of the fallen.
RIP, brothers.
Help us remember them today so they are not forgotten.
#neverforget #honor #remember #goldstarfamily #respect

Fort Scott National Historic Site, National Park Service

Fort Scott National Historic Site, National Park Service

The last visitors of the day at #FortScottNPS.

Leavenworth County Kansas

Leavenworth County Kansas

This Saturday, September 28th Wreaths Across America Fort Leavenworth is having a benefit dinner and raffle at the VFW Post #56. Doors open at 5:15 PM and tickets are $15 at the door.

Check out their page for more information about the event,

Historic Lecompton

Historic Lecompton

September 23, 1885 marks the anniversary of David Eisenhower and Ida Stover, parents of Dwight D Eisenhower. They came to study at Lane University in 1884 and were married in its chapel the following year.

Little Stranger Church

Little Stranger Church



We recently spotted this stamp on the exterior of Little Stranger Church and were able to find out a little more about the source of the original lumber used to build the church in 1868:

JUSTUS INGERSOLL, dealer in lumber, sash, doors, and blinds. This business was established in 1857 by Jerome Ingersoll, a brother of the present proprietor. In 1861 the firm was changed to Ingersoll & Rush. This continued until 1867, when Justus went into partnership with his brother under the firm name of J. Ingersoll. Jerome Ingersoll died in August, 1881, and shortly afterward the present proprietor took entire charge of the business, buying out his brother's interest. Justus Ingersoll was born in Medina, N. Y., August 7, 1835. His parents moved to Detroit, Mich. In 1839 he received his education in that city and in 1847 moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where he engaged in clerking until 1852. Then returned to Detroit. For some ten years he held the position of teller in the old Michigan Insurance bank. He then moved to Kansas, settling in Leavenworth. A few months afterward engaged in mining and merchandising in Montana. Returned to Leavenworth in 1867.

- History of the State of Kansas, by William G. Cutler, 1883

Labor Day 2019
Labor Day 2019

Labor Day 2019

Labor Day 2019 is on Monday, September 2nd. Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally observed on

Tonganoxie Arts Council

Tonganoxie Arts Council

The paintings from the Historical Society are now in the Gallery! Come in and check them out.

A Mighty Girl

A Mighty Girl

Happy Women's Equality Day! On this date in 1920, the 19th Amendment recognizing the right of women to vote was added to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment's passage marked the culmination of a 72-year long struggle to achieve equal voting rights for women which had begun at the first women's right conference organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca Falls, New York in 1848. In commemoration of this landmark event, in 1971, August 26 was declared Women's Equality Day.

The passage of the 19th Amendment was a tremendous victory for the Women's Suffrage Movement; it was a universal recognition of women's right to vote that decreed that no citizen could be denied the right to vote on account of sex. This was a right that had been extended to all men in the country 50 years earlier, with the passage of the 15th Amendment in 1870. Even with its passage, however, the struggle for women's rights was far from over. The ability of women of color to exercise their right to vote varied dramatically across the country; while most African American women freely voted in the North and even ran for office after the passage of the 19th Amendment, for example, restrictive state laws effectively disenfranchised most African American women in the South until the passage of further civil rights laws later in the century.

Additionally, many of the suffragists who led the final push to pass the 19th Amendment quickly turned their attention to passing the Equal Rights Amendment, which would enshrine in the Constitution the principle that "women are people equal in stature before the law." The only right explicitly affirmed by the Constitution as equal for women and men is still the right to vote, as guaranteed by the 19th Amendment. While the ERA, which was originally drafted by suffragist Alice Paul in 1923, was nearly added to the Constitution 45 years ago, it narrowly failed ratification and its passage remains a goal of women's rights advocates today. Among them, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who when asked what amendment she would most like to see added to the Constitution, replied that she would choose "the Equal Rights Amendment," noting that when her granddaughters read the Constitution, she would like them to see "that that is a basic principle of our society."

Today, in honor of the 99th anniversary of women's right to vote, we're celebrating a few of the original Mighty Girls -- the suffragists! The suffragists were activists who worked tirelessly to secure that right for themselves, their daughters, and future generations of American women. Women are still grateful for the work of their suffragist sisters; since the 1980s, women have been turning out to vote in significantly higher numbers than men.

For two excellent books about the heroic women of the U.S. Suffrage Movement, we also recommend "Roses and Radicals" for ages 10 and up ( and "Votes for Women!" for ages 13 and up (

For more books for children and teens about the amazing women of the Suffrage Movement, check out our blog post on “How Women Won the Vote: Teaching Kids About the U.S. Suffrage Movement” for numerous reading recommendations at

For an excellent depiction of the tireless work of suffragists Lucy Burns and Alice Paul who helped lead the final push for the vote, we highly recommend the film Iron Jawed Angels for ages 13 and up:

To learn more about the ERA and why it's still relevant today, check out the insightful book "Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment Is Now" at

And, for our favorite t-shirt honoring women throughout history who fought for their rights, check out the "Well behaved women seldom make history" t-shirt -- available in a variety of styles and colors for all ages -- at

Photo of Reno Methodist Church before it was moved to Tonganoxie

Photo of Reno Methodist Church before it was moved to Tonganoxie

Does anyone know what these two objects are and what they were used for?They belonged to William D Denholm

Does anyone know what these two objects are and what they were used for?

They belonged to William D Denholm


Tonight’s program has been canceled due to severe weather forecast for this evening. Thank you!

Our Memorial Day ceremony and B&G breakfast. Thanks to Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271, the Boy Scouts, Dennis Bixby, and all t...

Our Memorial Day ceremony and B&G breakfast. Thanks to Tonganoxie VFW Post 9271, the Boy Scouts, Dennis Bixby, and all the TCHS volunteers!!



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Tonganoxie, KS

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Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 12:00
Sunday 13:00 - 16:00


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