LHS History Meeting


"Thr Trails" featuring Phil Hammond

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m. at Lakeview Village (big room)

  • 7:00 p.m. LHS General Meeting
  • 7:10 p.m presentation of Haskin-Williams-Andrews LHS Spirit Award
  • 7:15 p.m. guest speaker, Phil Hammond, Learning About Lenexa wagon historian

Join us for LHS' first meeting of 2017, where we will hear from Phil Hammond, past LHS president and current Learning About Lenexa wagon historian. We will also bring you up to speed about the Society's activities, events, festivals and announce this year's recipient of the Hasking-Williams-Andres LHS Spirit Award.

Please bring a friend!

Event details:
7 PM, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

at Lakeview Village, Eastside Terrace

Heritage Activity Center (big room)

9100 Park Street

Lenexa, KS 66215

Great Lenexa BBQ Battle

Thank you to everyone that helped at last year's fundraiser at the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle. This is one of our main fundraisers of the year supporting LHS activities, history research, and archive management.

Please join us again:

Friday/Saturday, June 23 & 24, 2017
LHS sponsors a parking lot and we need volunteers to help direct cars to parking spaces and collect parking fees. This is one of the Lenexa Historical Society's primary fundraisers of the year. Please help us by volunteering 2 or 3 hours of your time. Call the Barn at 913-492-0038 to signup.

  • Friday, June 23 - LHS Parking Lot Fundraiser at the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle. Please contact the museum or Todd Crow at 913.492.0038 to sign-up to help collect parking fees at the LHS Parking Lot at the BBQ. Volunteers needed Friday, June 23: 9am to 1pm, 1pm - 3pm, 4pm - 7pm, 7pm - 9:30pm. Adults and Teens welcome.

Community Days Parade

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
LHS sponsors an entry in our City’s annual 4th of July parade.
If you have a classic car or an idea for a parade entry, please contact the Barn, 913.492.0038, or e-mail Todd Crow at info@leglerbarn.org.

Join us to help with our parade entry or to walk in the parade.

Lenexa Spinach Festival

Celebrating Lenexa as the Spinach

Capital of the World (from the 1930s)."

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 / 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. / Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park

  • World's Largest Spinach Salad
  • Wimpy Burgers
  • Spinach Cafe

Special Live History Demonstrations:

  • Doris and Bob Legler, Great Grandson of Adam Legler, 9:30 a.m. to Noon, Legler Barn Museum
  • Willie the Bullwhacker, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Wagon by the Legler Barn Museum
  • Octave Chanute, founder of Lenexa, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., by the Spinach Cafe
  • Legler Barn Quilters, live quilting demonstrations, upstairs in the Legler Barn Museum
  • Spinach History nd Lenexa BBQ History Exhibits, all day, in the Legler Barn Museum

Lenexa Chili Challenge

31st Anniversary


Friday, October 13, 2017 / 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. / Old Town Lenexa

  • Join us in Booth #1 for Fun, Fellowship, and CHILI
    (Compliments of Lenexa Historical Society)
  • City Fireworks in the Sky at 8:00 p.m.
  • Cozy fire pit (bring your own chair)

This is the 31th anniversary of the Lenexa Chili Challenge festival. The fun starts on Friday evening with a social gathering at 6 p.m., October 13 in LHS Chili’s booth #1 (see map below).

To find us, we are right by the festival entrance at the corner of Pflumm Road and Santa Fe Trail Drive, in front of the Bulk It and Velo+ bike stores.

The fun continues on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Try our award winning Chilis and sample our Salsa entry
  • Volunteer to help pass out chili samples to the festival goers
  • Enjoy some of our delicious brownies

A little history . . .

The Lenexa Historical Socity started out with just an information booth during the first 15 years of the Lenexa Chili Challenge festival. The festival, started on November 21, 1987, was billed as the “The Big Lenexa Chili Challenge” and also “The Great Lenexa Chili Challenge,” with just 35 entrants. Today, there are over 187 teams, entering a combination of Competition Style Chili, Homestyle Chili, Hot Wings, Salsa, and even a Corn Bread category for the kids on November 21, 1987

That first year a team led by Mo Gaugham and sponsored by “The Peanut Bar” in Kansas City, MO was crowned champion. Second and Third place in 1987 were awarded to “Eddy’s Catering” and “Down Wind Willie’s,” respectively. The first year, the winner’s chili was even featured at Tanner’s on 87th Street during the month of December. We even crowned a Chili Queen in 1987, Michele Frisinger!
(Source: LHS News, Nov./Dec. 2003, Vol. 21, No. 6).

After 15 years of just handing out flyers promoting the Legler Barn Museum and Lenexa Historical Society to attract new members, in 2002 someone finally suggested we become a contestant, and thanks to Sharon Hammontree, we did:

    “A group of Lenexa Historical Society chili cookers, led by HEAD CHEF Sharon Hammontree took fourth place in the Homestyle Division, in the 16th Annual Lenexa Chili Challenge, on Saturday, October 19th. Assistants to the CHEF, including Walt McKenzie, Marvin Hammontree and Peggy Stanton, with Dennis and Katie Evans, gathered Friday evening to promote the Legler Barn Museum and the Lenexa Historical Society. They joined fellow revelers in chili sampling and generally boisterous camaraderie.” (Source: LHS News, Nov./Dec. 2002, Vol. 20, No. 6).

Sharon would go on to take several Homestyle Division Championships Ribbons, with the first being that very next year in 2003 and in the following year in 2004 at the 18th Annual Lenexa Chili Challenge, Marvin was awarded 1st place with this chicken “Hot Wings” division entry. This year, Todd Crow and his friends and co-workers Steve Karpowich and Bill Kubicki will be the acting cooks for Competition Style Chili, Homestyle Chili, and Salsa. The salsa is the same Spinach Salsa featured at the Lenexa Spinach Festival in the LHS Spinach Café booth. Everyone loved it, here’s crossing our fingers we can get a ribbon with this tasty spicy salsa.

On Saturday we will be looking for volunteers to help us pass out chili, brownies and corn bread to the festival goers and also to help cook if you would like to try your skills at Chicken Wings or even Chili. Last year, Todd and his co-worker Steve made it to the final judging table, but unfortunately didn’t place with a ribbon as they came in 12th place in the CASI competition style chili.

Did you know that we serve delicious brownies on Saturday? Many visitors to the festival come by our booth first just to make sure they get one of our famous brownies, along with some fine, award winning chili. Be sure to help us out on Saturday, you’ll have fun!

This is a free event, everyone is welcome, please bring a friend!

City of Lenexa Enchanted Forest

- LHS kids activity


Thursday, October 26, 2017

at Legler Barn Museum & Sar-Ko-Par Trails park

  • Show up in costume, or not
  • Tour Sar-Ko-Par Trails park to see performances and activities
  • Stop by the LHS booth for kids activities
  • Do you dare tour the Lenexa Train Depot, for a visit to the past
  • Come inside the Legler Barn Museum for our latest exhibits!

City of Lenexa Sar-Ko Aglow

- City's Holiday Lighting of the Park


Friday, December 1, 2017

at Legler Barn Museum & Sar-Ko-Par Trails park

  • Visit the Legler Barn Museum
  • Kids craft activity up-stairs at in the Museum
  • Complimentary coffee and donut holes (while they last)

LHS General Meeting and History Program


Monday, December 11, 2017

Pancakes & History:

  • Pancake dinner featuring Chris Cakes
  • History Program
  • (Free event, including pancakes, donations welcome and greatly appreciated!

Please contact 913-492-0038 or info@LeglerBarn.org to show your support for the Lenexa Historical Society by volunteering at one of the above upcoming events.