Archive for Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Remember history during future growth

April 9, 2008

It's tough to know what the future holds for us in Tonganoxie.

Development of Village West and the surrounding area in Wyandotte County continues. Plans for a renovated County Road 1 linking U.S. Highway 24-40 to a turnpike interchange in Leavenworth County move forward.

The population is growing and nearby developments likely will affect Tonganoxie.

However, as much as we have our sights set on the future, we need to remember the past.

In Tonganoxie, volunteers with the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society do their best to preserve that history through the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site. The site is a wonderful campus that gives us a peek into the past as the city, which has grown extensively in the past decade, continues to increase in population.

Keeping that campus going, though, costs money. If anyone is looking for a good organization to contribute money to, the TCHS is a good choice. The site doesn't just consist of restored buildings and a museum. It's also a learning tool used by area teachers as part of their classroom work.

But teachers bringing their students to the site wouldn't be possible without the hard work of volunteers with the historical society.

So while you're making a monetary donation to the society, think about giving some time as well and become a volunteer.

The historical society meets at 7 p.m. every fourth Tuesday, except in June and December, at the site in the Reno Methodist Church. An educational or historical program follows a short business meeting, which are open to the public.

The museum and buildings, at 201 W. Washington, is open from 9 a.m. to noon, weather permitting, on Wednesdays. Also, it is open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays from April through October.

The group's mission statement is: "To discover, collect, preserve, display and make accessible to the public any and all objects that reflect the history of our community."

That statement wouldn't ring true without the volunteers who work hard to ensure the past of Tonganoxie moves into the future.

If you can donate your time or money, you can help it ring even louder.

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