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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

Shows a backlit sign "Becoming Johnson County" in grey metal letters; the sign sits above four murals that depict land (a map); policy (water towers); regionalism (royals parade); and People (Shawnee Days parade)

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.

View of exterior of All Electric House with 1955 teal Chevy Bel-Air in front

View of main entry to museum with lit up White Haven Sign in the backgroundPhoto of viewers reading text in front of American Progress MuralVisitors reading text in Life Interrupted section   

                                                       

 

Kidscape

A brightly colored graphic with a school house, hospital, theatre, and barn over the word "KidScape"

 

 

 

 

 

View of KidScape Diner; park area can be seen behindYoung girl dressed as a queen in KidScape Theater

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 where 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.

Small girl plays with building blocks in KidScape construction areaYoung girl scowls in front of intake photo board in KidScape jail

 

 

 

Lanesfield Historic Site

image of the introduction panel to the exhbit at Lanesfield Historic Site visitor center

Exterior view of Santa Fe Trail Marker with Lanesfield in the background

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

Address:
18745 S Dillie Rd, Edgerton, KS, 66021

Site Hours:
Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
By appointment Monday - Thursday, call 913-715-2570 to schedule (requires 1 week notice)

General admission prices:
FREE during public hours
$2 per person for non-public hour tours

The limestone schoolhouse, the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. The site includes the original schoolhouse, four outbuildings, and a modern visitors center with an exhibit, gift store, and restrooms.

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.

Learn more about the school's history. Find details about field trips and education programs at the site.

 

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.

Contact
ph: 913.893.6645 
 

Let's Celebrate: Johnson County Museum is 50

The Johnson County Museum is turning 50 years old and the new temporary exhibit, ‘Let’s Celebrate!: The Johnson County Museum is 50’ showcases different objects from the museum’s collection that relate to the traditional and modern anniversary gifts.  From the 1st Anniversary gift of paper, all the way up to gold for the 50th, come celebrate 50 years of collecting with us!  ‘Let’s Celebrate!’ will be on display in the museum’s temporary exhibit gallery from October 6, 2017 through April 14, 2018.

Colorful confetti background Johnson County Museum 50th Anniversary

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.

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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