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Johnson County Museum

Phone: 913-715-2550

8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS 66212

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GRAND OPENING - JUNE 10, 2017

Join us to celebrate the grand opening of the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center on June 10th.  Enjoy a FREE DAY of events from 9 am to 5 pm - take a tour of the new museum exhibit Becoming Johnson County, play in KidScape, drop-in on art classes, and see how this historic building has transformed!

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2017 in our new home at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, the Johnson County Museum invites you to explore the history and heritage of our community. The Johnson County Museum offers innovative, engaging, and challenging programs that will inspire all learners to discover a sense of place and spark excitement about history. Consider becoming a museum member to take advantage of all the museum has to offer!


Regnier Family Foundation announces lead gift towards new Johnson County Museum exhibit

The Johnson County Museum Foundation is pleased to announce the Regnier Family Foundation's support with the $300,000 lead gift to fund the museum's new signature ehxibition, "Becoming Johnson County."  CLICK HERE to read more.


Mainstreet Credit Union announces lead gift towards new KidScape exhibit

The Johnson County Museum Foundation is pleased to announce Mainstreet Credit Union's support with the $250,000 lead gift to fund the museum's new KidScape exhibit. CLICK HERE to read more.


The Johnson County Museum offers two sites for residents and visitors to Johnson County to visit: The History Museum in Shawnee and the Lanesfield Historic Site in Edgerton, Kansas. The Museum department offers long-term and changing exhibits, children's history exhibitions, 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.

 

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Mainstreet Credit Union Lead Gift
May 18, 2017

Mainstreet Credit Union pledges $250,000 lead gift in support of KidScape at the Johnson County Museum

Mainstreet Credit Union Major Funding Sponsor above KidScape logo

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS - The Johnson County Museum Foundation is pleased to announce Mainstreet Credit Union’s commitment of a $250,000 pledge as the lead gift of the museum’s new and improved KidScape experience. KidScape is a major feature at the museum’s new home in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie building, at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

KidScape provides the museum’s youngest visitors with the opportunity to explore our community’s past. Learning through play, children ages two and up can interact in 3,500 square feet of fun in 11 unique environments representing rural, urban and suburban areas.  Starting with life on an 1870s farmstead to the cityscape of 1900 with the city market, theater and school; and ending with a suburban diner, hospital, city hall, construction zone, and park with a secret cave.  KidScape offers hours of fun for kids to explore and play as well as unique fieldtrip opportunities for local elementary schools.

John Beverlin, President/CEO of Mainstreet Credit Union, says the activities at KidScape fit well with Mainstreet Credit Union’s long-standing focus on helping children and youth learn concepts such as responsibly handling money, managing a checking account and the importance of savings.  “KidScape offers ways for kids to learn about life activities while also having fun.  Our board and staff at Mainstreet Credit Union are excited to partner with the Johnson County Museum Foundation and affiliate organizations to support KidScape and the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. Many of our members have families with young children, and I know they’ll be delighted that their credit union is involved with this great educational program. KidScape offers fun learning experiences for preschoolers, as well as children in elementary school.”

With this major gift from Mainstreet Credit Union, the Johnson County Museum Foundation has secured 95 percent of its $1.8 million capital fundraising goal.  “We are extremely grateful for the support of Mainstreet and welcome this new partnership,” Museum Foundation President Larry Meeker stated.

These financial gifts have funded the design, fabrication and installation of KidScape and the 12,500 square foot signature exhibition “Becoming Johnson County.”  The Museum will open along with the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at the Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, June 10.  A free day of activities are planned from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. as well as a formal ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m.   The museum will open for routine business on Monday, June 12 from 10 a.m. - 4: 30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults $4 for seniors 60+ and $3 for children 1-18.

As of January 2016, the Johnson County Museum became part of Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD), which manages the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center.  To learn more the museum and the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, please visit www.jocoahc.com.

For more information, or to make a donation to the museum’s capital campaign, individuals and organizations are encouraged to contact Jay Hinrichs, JCPRD Development Director, at (913) 826-3448 or Jay.Hinrichs@jocogov.org or Museum Director Mindi Love at (913) 715-2555 or at Mindi.Love@jocogov.org.

Regnier Family Foundation Lead Gift
November 14, 2016

Regnier Family Foundation announces lead gift towards new Johnson County Museum exhibit

SHAWNEE, KANSAS - The Johnson County Museum Foundation is pleased to announce the Regnier Family Foundation’s support with the $300,000 lead gift to fund the museum’s new signature exhibition, “Becoming Johnson County.” The exhibition will open in May 2017 in the museum’s new home in the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, the former King Louie West bowling alley, at 8788 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park.

 “The story of the growth and development of Johnson County is a story of visionary and extraordinary leadership,” said Bob Regnier. “As a result, Johnson County has become one of the leading suburban communities in the United States.  The story and path of this progress is an important history lesson for present and future citizens.  We thank Johnson County government for its wisdom and foresight in committing to capture and tell this story for future generations.”

The Regnier Family Foundation gift will be used to design, fabricate, and install new exhibits in the museum’s 12,500 square foot signature exhibition space that will feature its iconic 1950s All-Electric House. In addition, the museum will offer a permanent 3,500 square foot children’s history experience and a 1,500 square foot changing exhibition space.

With this lead gift from the Regnier family, the Johnson County Museum Foundation’s campaign has raised 70 percent of its $2 million capital campaign goal. 

 “This gift is but one more contribution the Regnier family has made through business and charitable gifts to Johnson County’s museum-worthy history,” Museum Foundation President Larry Meeker stated.

For more information, or to make donations to this project, individuals and organizations are encouraged to contact Johnson County Museum Director Mindi Love at (913) 715-2555 or at Mindi.Love@jocogov.org.

Johnson County Park and Recreation District Foundation Gift
August 3, 2016

Parks and Recreation Foundation announces donation to Johnson County Museum

The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County recently announced plans to donate up to a quarter of a million dollars in matching funds towards the development of a new Johnson County Museum exhibit for the future Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center expected to open in mid-2017 at the former King Louie building.

The foundation plans to match pledges and contributions up to a total of $250,000 made through the end of 2016. Approval and announcement of the donation was made during a foundation board meeting conducted on July 11 in Shawnee Mission Park.

“JCPRD incorporation of the museum into our operations and our involvement in the JCAHC only strengthens and reinforces our commitment to culture, heritage and the arts,” said Johnson County Park & Recreation District Executive Director Jill Geller, who also serves as secretary of the foundation. “The foundation saw this donation as a way to support that aspect of our offerings, and also contribute to the new facility’s, the museum’s, and JCPRD’s success. The foundation’s approach in offering this as a matching donation is to inspire others to donate, resulting in a museum exhibit that will draw thousands of visitors each year.”

The new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center is scheduled to open in May 2017 at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park.

The “Becoming Johnson County” exhibit will tell the story of the area’s history and development through four large humanities themes: land, policy, regionalism and individual impact.  The museum’s popular historic house museum, the 1950’s All-Electric House, will be the centerpiece of the new exhibit gallery. In approximately 10,000 sq. ft. of space, more than 400 objects and over 500 photographs from the museum collections will challenge visitors to explore the impact of decisions made in the past and how they affect the future.  Tactile, interactive stations will spark and reinforce learning as well as add some fun for visitors of all ages, with the goal of instilling in visitors a stronger sense of place and connecting our visitors with the ideas, people, and events that have influenced how Johnson County has grown over the past 200 years.

In addition to the museum, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center will have space for exhibitions, education programming, collection storage, a workshop, offices, and research functions. The facility will be managed by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, and will have space available for The Theatre in the Park and community theatre productions, fine arts programming, special events, and meetings.

For more information, or to make donations to this project, individuals and organizations can go to http://jocomuseumfoundation.org or contact Johnson County Museum Director Mindi Love at (913) 715-2555 or at Mindi.Love@jocogov.org.

Johnson County Museum to Close September 5
August 3, 2016

The Johnson County Museum will close to the public September 5, 2016 and will reopen in May 2017 at the new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center in Overland Park.  The last day to visit the Museum at its current location will be September 3, 2016.

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