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.

Memorial Day
Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day started in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971 to honor those who served and died in wars.

Look what’s happening at Little Stranger Church! They are filling holes and getting ready for siding!

Look what’s happening at Little Stranger Church! They are filling holes and getting ready for siding!

Leavenworth County Historical Society

Leavenworth County Historical Society

Plant sunflower seeds in April! Wouldn't it be something to see sunflowers in bloom all over Leavenworth County and across the entire state!

This year is the Centennial of the 19th Amendment. The sunflower was the symbol of the suffrage movement chosen by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. They felt Kansans' were up to the task of fighting for equal suffrage.

The following rings true, even in today's world:

“Whatever else may fail and wither, whatever else may droop and die, whatever else may lose heart, give up the ghost, and go back to the ‘wife’s folks,’ in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio, the sunflower remains, and grows, and thrives, and stands in its defiant vitality, an emblem of the unconquerable spirit of a people whom grasshoppers, droughts, chinch bugs, cyclones and grinding monopolies cannot crush or drive out.
“And so long as the sunflower abides the real Kansan will tarry, and despite the draw backs, and vicissitudes incident to a new country, he will hang on until the elements are so completely dominated that all contingencies of soil and climate shall have become things of the past, and Kansas shall have risen to that plane of certainty and reliability, where the voices of the timid and the fearful shall be drowned in glad shouts of the victors, who have braved it all and stuck to the last. Kansas is preeminently the ‘sunflower’ state.

Little Stranger Church
Little Stranger Church

Little Stranger Church

Thank you KMBZ Kansas City for your story on Little Stranger Church!

Little Stranger Church closed to the public in 1919 due to the Spanish Flu Pandemic. Its congregation never reconvened. However, the church's long history as a community event space began as a result. As we navigate through another pandemic in the church's lifetime, we are certain we will come out stronger than ever thanks to our amazing community. 💛

First City Photo and Frames

First City Photo and Frames

What is it that distinguishes Bessie from all of the other beautiful babies born in Leavenworth in February 1875? Perhaps it was the guest list for her wedding which would take place 29 years later at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.
In attendance at the wedding of Bessie and Wellington Wells was President Theodore Roosevelt and his wife, Edith, U.S. Legislators and Senators and the entire United States Supreme Court. Now that’s a guest list.
Giving the bride away was her father, United States Supreme Court Justice David J. Brewer.
Bessie, as she was affectionately nicknamed by her family, was the fourth daughter of David and Louise Brewer born at Leavenworth. There were more than a dozen years separating her from her older sister but then their father was very busy with his career.
Brewer spent a lot of time away from his family and his home, which was located at the southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and Middle. His daughters grew up quickly with their comings and goings a common mention in the society pages of The Leavenworth Times. If the editors weren't publishing stories on the Brewer ladies, they were writing stories on Brewer himself, wrote the Times.
Bessie was photographed on a glass negative by Leavenworth photographer A.C. Nichols in 1876.

On a side note: through my work on I discovered we are related on my Mother’s side of the family.


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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.


201 W Washington St
Tonganoxie, KS

Opening Hours

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


(913) 845-2960


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