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.
2013 Events Return to Top
Location at Monticello Historical Station 23860 W 83rd Lenexa Kansas if not listed otherwise.
Tue January 29, 2013 4PM– Kansas Day Celebration at the Firestation
Thu February 14, 2013 7PM- "The Frontier Schoolteacher", Sara Richter, Gymon OK. KHC speaker: Frontier teachers taught all subjects in one-room schools with the barest of education and supplies.
Thu March 14, 2013 6:30pm- Annual chili cookoff, member participation. "Share a story about your favorite relative or family event" (each speaker about 2-3 minutes) Members are invited to bring mementos, pictures, anything to illustrate your talk.
Fri-Sat April 5-6, 2013 - Annual mulch-plant sale, Friday 2:00pm-7:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-1:00pm
Thu April 11, 2013 7PM- "African American Work- Beyond Menial Slave Labor", Robert Weems, Wichita, KS., KHC speaker: During slavery some enslaved individuals were trained to run business and farms.
Thu May 9, 2013 7PM - "The Millers of Kansas, History of Ks. Flour Mills", Norman Saul, Lawrence, KS. KHC speaker: Mills were the foundation of many small Kansas towns and the basis for community life
No general membership meetings in June, July and August
Sat June 1, 2013 8-11AM - Pancake Breakfast
Sat-Sun June 8-9, 2013 - Old Shawnee Days, volunteers at Monticello cabin
(July vacation month- NO committee meetings or events)
Sat August 3, 2013 9AM-2PM - Field trip to Airline History Musuem, Old downtown airport. will include stop for lunch- cost to be determined
Sat September 7, 2013 - Lenexa Spinach Festival, MCHS Food booth
Thu September 12, 2013 7PM - "A Bullwackers Life-Freighting Supplies Over the Plains", Jim Gray, Ellsworth, KS. KHC speaker: Bullwackers traveled the Kansas frontier freighting supplies along the Santa Fe and Ca.-Or. trails
Thu October 10, 2013 7PM - "The Border War", local author Tom Rafiner, Parkville, MO. will talk about his book and bring some actual hands-on artifacts as he discusses the local history from 1854-1865
Sat October 26, 2013 – Historical Hauntings, Old Shawnee Town, MCHS apple bobbing and fish pond, volunteers at Monticello cabin
Sat November 2, 2013 8-11AM - Pancake Breakfast
Thu November 14, 2013 7PM -"Monticello Life Before K-7 Highway", Cindy Ashby, MCHS member and lifelong resident of Monticello will present the story of Monticello Township prior to development along K-& Hwy
Thu December 12, 2013 6:30PM - Annual dinner and business meeting starting. Ornament exchange and election of officers for 2014.