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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

6305 Lackman Road, Shawnee, KS 66217

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NOTE:  All locations of the Johnson County Museum will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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

A Very Fifties Christmas at the All-Electric House -- Starts Saturday, November 29
November 25, 2014

picture of aluminum tree with presents under it and a young womanAluminum Christmas tree. Color wheel. Christmas cards. Atomic Christmas wreaths. Smells of gingerbread. Check, check, check!

The 1950s All-Electric house is decked out for a Rockin' Modern Christmas. Join us for tours of the house Saturday, November 28, 2014 - Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Guided tours offered Monday-Friday, every half hour from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Extended Saturday hours each week from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Fee: Adults $5, seniors $4, children 12-5 are $3.  Under 5 and Museum Members are free.

 

A Country School Christmas at the Lanesfield Historic Site -- Saturday, December 6
November 25, 2014

A great family Christmas Tradition! Join us for a performance by the Edgerton Rainbow Connection Choir, holiday storytelling with Joyce Slater, making hand-made ornaments, writing letters to Santa, and a special visit from Santa himself! Don't forget your camera!

Saturday, December 6 from 1:00 -3:00 a.m.  Free!

Also join us all month-long at the Lanesfield Historic Site. Make ornaments, learn about an ealry 20th century rural holiday, and write your letters to Santa with pen and ink!

Check out full details on the Museum's calendar.

What is Modernism? exhibition
November 25, 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.

 
 
DooDad MIke to Perform -- One Show Only December 3
November 25, 2014

graphic image of perfumer DooDad Mike with guitarJoin us as we welcome DooDad Mike back to the Johnson County Museum!

Wednesday, December 3rd

Doors open at 9:30 for a 10:00am show

$3 per person; Museum members are FREE. 

Registration: Space is limited so reservations are recommended. Call (913) 715-2575 to register.

 

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Upcoming Events

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November 27, 2014 | 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Museum Closed Thursday and Friday

November 29, 2014 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

November 29, 2014 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum

November 29, 2014 | 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Christmas at Lanesfield

December 1, 2014 | 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

A Very Fifties Christmas at the Johnson County Museum