Monticello Community Historical Society
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The Society was chartered on December 8, 1988 as a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization and was incorporated as Monticello Community Historical Society Inc. on February 19, 1999. MCHS is dedicated to the appreciation, preservation, and celebration of the history and heritage of the Monticello Community in Johnson County, Kansas.
MCHS publishes quarterly newsletters; has regularly scheduled meetings with history related programs, which are always open to the public; stages local historical re-enactments, and sponsors field trips for members and the community.
As outlined in the MCHS Constitution - The purpose of this society shall be to bring together those people interested in history, and especially in the history of the Monticello Community. Understanding the history of our community is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us a better understanding of our state and nation, and promotes a better appreciation of our American Heritage.
In 1999 MCHS received ownership of the former Monticello Township fire station at Floyd Cline Hall (83rd and Gleason). It is now known as the Monticello Historical Station at Floyd Cline Hall, where meetings and activities are held for both members and the public.
2018 Events Return to Top
Location at Monticello Historical Station 23860 W 83rd Lenexa Kansas if not listed otherwise.
January No Events
Thursday February 8 7:00PM General Meeting. When Freedom Changed America. One hundred years separate the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the March on Washington (1963). What did freedom mean to Americans who participated in these historical events? Presented by John Edgar Tidwell and sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.
Saturday February 17 11:00AM-1:00PM Presidents Day Soup Luncheon. Fundraiser Homemade soups to eat or take home, desserts and special entertainment of Dulcimer music provided by local folk artist Don Gillett.
Thursday March 8 6:30PM General Meeting. Chili Cook Off Kitchen Fundraiser Who has the best chili this year? Bring a pot of chili to enter or bring a side dish or dessert along with a hungry appetite. The program for the evening will be celebrating the 30th year of MCHS. We will have time for members to share why they became a member and what activities they remember and enjoyed from the past. Cash donations will be accepted to fund all of the kitchen items that we purchase for meetings, such as cups and plates.
Thursday April 12 7:00PM General Meeting. Lawbreakers for the Common Good. In the mid-1800's some Kansans defied federal state and territorial laws in pursuit of a common goal: liberty for all. Presented by Anne P. W. Hawkins and sponsored by Kansas Humanities Council.
Friday April 20 2:00-7:00PM and Saturday April 21 8:00AM-1:00PM Mulch and Plant Sale. We will be selling double ground mulch and a variety of plants. The mulch is sold by the cubic yard which is 27 cubic feet. The mulch is loose and not bagged. We will load it onto your trailer or truck.
Thursday May 10 7:00PM General Meeting. Alexander Majors presented by Gary Hicks. Gary is President of the Johnson County Kansas Heritage Foundation. He is an expert on the Alexander Majors landmark.
Saturday May 12 9:00-11:00AM Pancake or Biscuits with Gravy Breakfast and Bake Sale Fundraiser The new Museum exhibit theme will be Mother’s Cookbooks.
Thursday June 14 Field Trip to Watkins Mill State Park Excelsior Springs, Missouri. See what life was like around 1870 for the Watkins family as they ran a woolen mill. This will be a day long trip with a tour of the Watkins Mill and home followed by lunch at a restaurant nearby. More details in a newsletter.
Saturday July 21 11:00AM to 1:00PM 30th Anniversary Celebration, Free Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social Lunch will be provided. We will honor charter members and celebrate the 30 years of MCHS as an organization. A special “guest” from the past may appear during the event.
August No General Meeting
Thursday September 13 7:00PM General Meeting. Onward Haskell, The Making of an Indian Nations University. The Indian Industrial Training School welcomed its first 22 students to Lawrence in 1884. This presentation examines the early days of Haskell and the goals of the US government in providing an American Indian-specific school. Presented by Eric Anderson and sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council.
Thursday October 11 7:00PM General Meeting. Octave Chanute. Bill Nicks will present the life and times of Octave Chanute. Octave helped the Wright brothers to develop flying and was instrumental in the beginnings of aviation. Bill is President of the Lenexa Historical Society at the Legler barn, and has been giving historical presentations for years.
Saturday October 13 7:00PM Field Trip Learn about the history of Franklin County, KS on our fall field trip. We will tour the Old Depot Museum in Ottawa, which features exhibits and artifacts from across Franklin County, followed by lunch at the famous bar-be-que restaurant Guy and Mae's Tavern in Williamsburg. We will remain in Williamsburg for the afternoon, touring the town's Community Museum, which curates many exhibits and artifacts from its past.
Thursday November 8 7:00PM General Meeting "At Home on the Range - Cookbooks of Kansas Women" These humble publications show that food, home, and community were the foundation upon which Kansas women constructed their lives. A survey of Kansas cookbooks from 1874 to present. Presented by Louise Hanson, librarian and researcher with over 400 cookbooks in her collection. Sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council
Saturday November 10 9:00-11:00AM Pancake or Biscuits with Gravy Breakfast and Bake Sale Fundraiser
Thursday December 13 6:30PM Annual Meeting Pot-Luck Dinner and Ornament Exchange Election of officers and adoption of budget for 2019.