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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS 66217

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The Johnson County Museum offers three sites for residents and visitors to Johnson County to visit:  The History Museum and the 1950s All-Electric House in Shawnee and the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton, Kansas. The Museum department offers long-term and changing exhibits, children's history exhibitions, a speakers bureau, online resources, school, youth and Scout programming, lectures and walking tours, and special events. The historic collections include more than one million photographs, 18,000 3-D artifacts, and 300 cubic feet of archival material. The museum serves 40,000 visitors onsite and nearly 100,000 people through online resources available at www.JoCoHistory.org.

Department News

Celebrate Kansas Day at Lanesfield School -- Jan. 30 & 31
January 30, 2015

picture of sunflower and words: Happy Birthday KansasCelebrate Kansas Day

Friday, Janaury 30 and Saturday, January 31 from 1-5pm 
Visit Lanesfield School to celebrate Kansas Day! Kansas entered the Union on January 29, 1861 after a long period of struggle over the issue of slavery. Learn about some of the Kansas leaders like James H. Lane, the schoolhouse and former town’s namesake, and the struggle for statehood and meanings within the state seal. Refreshments will be offered in the Visitor Center. Free.

Location: Lanesfield Historic Site 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton, KS


What is Modernism? exhibition
December 16, 2014

The newest exhibit at the Johnson County Museum -- Now on view

image of modern chairLook around you, Johnson County is a modern community.  You most likely drive past the modern homes and buildings in our communities every day without giving them a second thought. How did these structures become so prevalent in our cities?

Modernism developed in Europe in the aftermath of World War I as a shell-shocked population searched for a new way of life.  Innovative European and American designers sought to reshape society through modern architecture and design in the 1920s and 1930s. These ground-breaking concepts helped set the stage for a modern building boom in America.

By 1945, Americans  brimmed with optimism and embraced progress and innovation. Advanced technology and revolutionary building techniques allowed modern architecture to flourish from coast to coast.  Johnson County was no exception. The mid-century modern homes and buildings in our area represent a time when Americans believed the future was bright and possibilities were endless.

Exhibit open regular museum hours: 10am - 4:30pm.  Admission is free.


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January 31, 2015 | 1:00 pm

Celebrate Kansas Day at Lanesfield

February 11, 2015 | 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Pop 'n Play at the Johnson County Museum

February 18, 2015 | 10:00 am

Jo Ho Storyteller at the Johnson County Museum