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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

The Postwar Dream Home: The Ranch House -- Free Lecture Tuesday, April 28
April 21, 2015

The Postwar Dream Home: The Ranch House  -- Free Lecture Tuesday, April 28

Reception graphic of ranch home and text " The Postware Dream House: The Ranch House"at 6 p.m.; program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Kansas City  Missouri Library, Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

RSVP required. Please call 816- 701-3407 or register online.

 

The ranch house became an integral part of the vocabulary of the U.S. housing market after World War II, when the demand for a single-family home reached record levels.  Today, there is a resurgence of interest in this modernistic, uniquely American architectural creation and a new generation of homebuyers is discovering its allure. Mary van Balgooy, a leading authority on the ranch house and biographer of influential architect and ranch house pioneer Cliff May, discusses the legendary builder, the ranch home's influences and features, and the race to preserve it.

The event - co-sponsored by the Johnson County Museum Foundation and the Barton P. and Mary D. Cohen Charitable Trust - coincides with the Johnson County Museum's exhibit What is Modernism? on display through November 21, 2015.

Plans for King Louie Move Forward
March 25, 2015

Artist rendering of museum space at King Louie facilityOn Thursday, March 12, 2015, the Johnson County Commission approved a capital project and approved bonds to fund the Arts and Heritage Center at the former King Louie facility at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park. Click here to learn more about the project and to see architectural renderings.

Sensory Time at the Museum -- NEW program starting March 2015!
February 27, 2015

image of KidScape exhibit logoSensory Time at the Museum
 Offered the 1st and 3rd Thursday every month starting in March 2015!

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Fee: Free event, but space is limited to 20 children. Reservations required. Please call (913) 715-2575 to reserve your child's spot!

KidScape can be a loud and exciting environment and sometimes that can be a challenge for children with sensory integration and processing needs. Developed in partnership with Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County,  Sensory Time at the Museum is a free opportunity for these children and their families to experience the museum at their own pace before the museum opens to the public.

Special activities have been added to KidScape exhibit to support pretend play while working on fine motor skills along with sensory integration activities such as tactile fun and lacing in the Boutique, go fishing and play golf in the Park, play with echo microphones and practice self-dressing skills with the costumes in the Theater, count the packages at the Post Office and carry the heavy satchel as you make your deliveries, cuddle with a beanbag chair and enjoy some quiet time as you read book and explore the Seeking the Good Life exhibit with a fun seek and find activity!

Location: Johnson County Museum, 6305 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, KS, 913-715-2550.

Dino O'Dell concert at the Museum! Wednesday, April 22 @ 10am
April 20, 2015

image of Dino O'Dell Musical performerWhether Dino is counting monsters, fixing spaceships or swimming in peanut butter, his interactive songs and tall tales stir the imagination, inspire curiosity and engage the whole child. Come enjoy Dino’s unique blend of folk-rock and reggae!

Fee: $3 per person, members FREE. Tickets sold on a first-come, first-served basis; space is limited. Advance reservations are strongly recommended. Please call (913) 715-2575 to make a reservation. Maximum of three children per adult.

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