The TAHM is located in the 104 year old building formerly of the Masonic Lodge #30. We house the history, artifacts and other memorabilia of the area. Since the fall of 2017, the Museum has been forming a new board of operations. The museum operates on volunteer hours, and through public funding. The new board members are currently bringing the building and exhibits up to date. This is where we need your help!
We are asking for the publics help in assisting us in locating any artifacts, pictures, or historical materials in relation to our area. A coverage map is located on our website as well as our facebook page, but we cover the northwest corner of Butler County from the Towanda Township, north and west to the respective county lines. This is very close to the original Towanda Township covered before it was divided into the 8 townships in 1872-74. If there are any materials in the private collections of the community, the TAHM would consider these items a valuable addition to our museum archives. Whether it be veteran affairs, local Indian Tribes, school items, local business or event pieces, or historical information from your ancestors, we would love to include these items in our exhibits. Artifacts could be donated or on loan for a specified amount of time.
For those who would be interested in a more monetary donation, our expense list is continually growing as we dig into the restoration of this historic property The need for funding increases as we work towards our final goal of brining our building up to working order. Our renovation plans include but are not limited to, window replacement, a new electrical system, as well as heating and air. Just to name a few! we also have scheduled plans for cosmetic work, life refinishing the floors and wall structures, and building new exhibits. More detailed information upon request.
Here is a peek at some of our hard work:
Another Project!!! The Fix Up The Wagon Project!
This wagon sat outside the Rusty Bucket for many years. Nancy Riner, former owner of the Bucket, has donated the wagon to the museum & we're going to fix it up!
Wagons like this were vital to farming here in Kansas. They were the pickup truck of early days. Farmers of today or of 200 years ago would be hard-pressed to function with out their trucks.
We need another 3 people to head up this committee! Call us, 316-536-2500. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. OR OR OR fill out the form below!
We know that EVERYONE LOVES a committee!!!
We need 3 people with blacksmithing knowledge or a real interest in blacksmithing to head up this committee!
This is a GREAT opportunity to keep an important craft alive and producing here in Kansas. For more information give us a call, 316-536-2500 or email email@example.com OR OR OR, fill out the form below. Include "Blacksmith Shop Committee" in the comment box.
Here's one of 2 (TWO) old timey engines we have (left) & here's what we want to do with them (right)! Ice cream Makers!!!
We need 3 people to head up the ice cream machine committee! If you know about engines & how to build stuff OR you know of someone who does, let us know! Call the museum: 316-536-2500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org OR OR OR fill out the form below! Put "Ice Cream Maker Committee" in the comments box & we'll get right back to you!!!