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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212

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Becoming Johnson County & the 1950s All-Electric House

Explore our signature exhibition to gain a deeper understanding of the county’s history. Through the themes of land, policy, and regionalism, discover how Johnson County residents have worked together to create the community of today. The 1950s All-Electric House, the centerpiece of the exhibit, exemplifies the American Dream many hoped to find in Johnson County.

COMING SOON: The Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center

The Johnson County Museum will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2017 in its new location at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center, formerly the King Louie West Lanes and Ice Chateau.  The Museum will share the space with Johnson County Park and Recreation District programs, including the popular The Theater in the Park.  Stay tuned for more information about this exciting new chapter in the Johnson County Museum's history!

JCAHC

Kidscape

A brightly colored graphic with a school house, hospital, theatre, and barn over the word "KidScape"The Museum is currently CLOSED to the public.  We will reopen in June 2017 in the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.

Through exploration of three unique communities, kids learn through play about the past.  An 1870s farmstead introduces kids to life on the farm-- tending animals, collecting eggs, gardening and house chores inside the farmhouse.  Time travel to the 1900 the city, kids sell fruits and vegetables at the City Market, perform for an audience at the theatre, and teach at the school.  Suburban life springs up in the 1950s!  Care for sick patients at the hospital, cook up burgers and fries at the diner, and build a house for a new suburban family. Even explore a park with a secret cave! Kidscape offers hours of fun for kids to explore and play.

 

 

Lanesfield Historic Site

Lanesfield Historic Site participates in Kansas City's Passport to Adventure.  For more information, click here!

image of the introduction panel to the exhbit at Lanesfield Historic Site visitor centerJust Plain Simple: The One-Room School in Kansas

Visitors to the Lanesfield Historic Site can learn about the history of education in Kansas and Johnson County by touring this exhibit on view in the visitor center.  A rural educational system dominated small Kansas communities until the mid-20th century. Learn about the typical school day, the curriculum, and the role most schoolhouses played in the larger community. The lives of teachers and students are also featured in sections about boarding, the school day, and graduation. Visitors may also learn about General James H. Lane, the town’s namesake, the restoration of the Lanesfield School and see artifacts that survived the 1903 fire.

The site also features seven interpretive panels on the grounds between the visitors center and the schoolhouse that tell more about the site and its history.  An accompanying audio tour can be found here

The limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Learn more about the school's history. Find details about field trips and education programs at the site.

Adjacent to the Lanesfield Historic Site, on property owned by Kansas City Power & Light, is a large picnic shelter and a short nature trail with an observation tower that visitors can explore.

Hours
Friday & Saturday: 1:00-5:00 p.m. and by appointment. Call 913.715.2570 to schedule
Admission
FREE Friday and Saturday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Non-public hour appointment tours, $2 per person
Location
18745 S Dillie Road, Edgerton, KS 66021 - Map
Contact
ph: 913.893.6645 

portrait of James H. LaneLearn more...

about the connection between General and U.S. Senator James H. Lane to the townsite of Lanesfield, listen to 10:45 minutes - Listen Now this podcast created in conjunction with the Kansas Humanities Council and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. Narrated by John Berry with Stephanie Clayton, former site manager of Lanesfield Historic Site, and James Lane biographer Jim Collins.

The Lanesfield podcast was supported by the Kansas Humanities Council, a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting humanities programs across Kansas. Find out more at www.kansashumanities.org.

Mother Road Revisited: Route 66 Then and Now

June 10 - September 16, 2017

Mother Road Revisited explores the idea of travel and American culture. Photographer Natalie Slater explored Route 66 collecting vintage postcards, photographed the exact same locations, and combined the images. The resulting collage dramatizes the transformations that have shaped the Route over the years. U.S Route 66, known as the Mother Road and America’s Main Street, was one of the first official highways, established in 1926, the highway connected Chicago Illinois to Santa Monica CA, traversing Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Museum Exhibits: Online

Margot PeetWith Grace and Wit: The Paintings of Margot Peet - The Johnson County Museum of History presented this exhibition With Grace & Wit: The Paintings of Margot Peet, 1903-1995 from May 15 - August 22, 1999. Johnson County, Kansas, is a part of the Metropolitan Kansas City area.

 

 

Overland TrailOverland Trails: Focus on Johnson County - Focus on Johnson County was originally developed to complement the California Exhibition Resources Alliance traveling exhibit Overland: The California Emigrant Trail of 1841-1870.
 

 

 

South ParkSouth Park: One School's Integration Story - In partnership with South Park Elementary School, the Johnson County Museum created this exhibition recounting the 1948-49 struggle for equal education at South Park. Their efforts resulted in the integration of schools in Northeast Johnson County -- five years before the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education. The exhibit was dedicated in 2002 at South Park Elementary; when the school closed, the exhibit was moved to the new school Merriam Park Elementary where it remains on view. The online version is an exact replica.

 

What Is Modernism? Driving TourJohnson County Museum's award-winning temporary exhibit, What Is Modernism? was on display at the museum from November 21, 2014 until January 2, 2016.  The exhibit garnered many accolades, including the Kansas Museums Association's 2015 Award of Excellence.  While the exhibit is no longer on display, you can still use the map below to take our What Is Modernism? driving tour of Johnson County.

 

The 1950s All-Electric House

house closedThe 1950s All-Electric House at the Johnson County Museum is currently closed to the public.

The House will reopen in its new location at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in the Spring of 2017. Since opening in 1998, over 55,000 people have toured the House. The closing of the House is the first tangible step in the Johnson County Museum’s move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in the former King Louie Building, located at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. The House will move in the spring of 2016, while the main Museum building will remain open through late 2016. At the new location, the All-Electric House will be a featured inside the building, as a cornerstone of the new signature exhibition, Becoming Johnson County. Please check our website and Facebook for updates or call the Museum at 913-715-2550 for more information.

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