5 Questions: Looking Forward
Tonganoxie museum expands programs, hours
Laurie Walters, with the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society, discusses the museums new schedule.
Q: With the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site open each Saturday, what special events are being scheduled this month at the site?
A: Saturday special events for the remainder of September are: Sept. 12, Stan Sibinski will demonstrate and discuss fly tying for those kids and adults interested in fly fishing; Sept. 19, demonstration of heirloom needle arts at Fairchild-Knox Barn, tatting with Jenny Alden and Florence Sommers, crochet with Wanda Williams and Jenny Alden, quilting with Jean Pearson, embroidery with Wanda Williams and Coleen Anton, bobbin lace with Florence Sommers; Sept. 26, demonstration of paper filigree with Betty Englen.
Q: When is the site open on Saturdays and what time do the special events begin?
A: The Tonganoxie Community Historical Society is open on Saturday from 1-4 p.m. with fall special events scheduled for 2 p.m.
Q: Is there a charge for people to attend?
A: There is no charge to visit the museum and the historic buildings. Additionally, the society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Reno Church for an educational program with historic focus. All meetings are open and free to the public.
Q: Are there other days during the week when visitors can come to the site?
A: Site is open on Sundays from 1-4 p.m. and on Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m.-noon. Visitors can call (913) 845-2477 to make arrangements to visit on other dates or if a group visit is desired.
Q: Does the historical society have additional special events for Saturdays beyond September?
A: On Oct. 3, a local blacksmith and artisan wood carver, Dennis Bixby, will demonstrate his forge and blacksmithing skills (or in case of rain, wood carving) in the Fairchild Knox barn. On Oct. 10, only the museum will be open because a private wedding and reception will be held in the church and barn. On Oct. 17, the “What is This What-cha-ma-call-it?” exhibit features a display of unusual tools and items from our collection in the Fairchild-Knox Barn. Also featured will be our “Wall of Unknown” photos displayed with the hope that someone can identify them — please help. And on Oct. 24, Charles Dugan, Civil War re-enactor, will demonstrate his Civil War cannon and provide insight into the war. More information is available on our Web site, www.tonganoxiehistoricalsociety.com.
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