Look 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.
Harvest in My Lunchbox
Who made the BREAD for those sandwiches? What about the CHEESE inside? Who picked the FRUIT and VEGETABLES? Through fun and engaging stories, kids will discover how all that delicious and healthy food got in their lunchboxes. It’s a tasty and thankfulness trip to farms, dairies, and factories to find out.
Registration: Drop-in for families. Groups of ten or more must pre-register. Call (913) 715-2552 to register.
Please note: The Target grant has expired; free books will not be distriubted to each family at the end of this story time.
Johnson County Museum, Johnson County Library and partners created this collaborative online history of Johnson County, Kansas resource. A wide range of materials from photographic images, oral histories, maps, cemetery index, and an obituary index from the late 19th century to the current day is available to browse. The project was funded by a Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services with additional digitization funds from the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund.
Enjoy the Johnson County Museum all year long when you become a member. With kid-friendly monthly programming and special exhibits throughout the year, your family can enjoy the museum and the 1950s Electric House as often as you like. Join now and visit often -- Annual Membership only $30 per year!