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Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant Portrait: Gayla Frazier

Sunflower Plant VehiclesWorking at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in northwest Johnson County was truly a family affair.  Fathers and sons, husbands and wives, mothers and daughters all worked at the plant together.  Even those who were not related by blood talked about the family atmosphere at Sunflower throughout the years.  Gayla Frazier represents the third generation of her family who worked at Sunflower.  The Gardner native worked at Sunflower from 1965-1973, and from 1975-2002... - published on: 02/18/2014 - 8:54am

Celebrating Black History Month: Olathe’s early African-American community

Black History MonthEven after slaves were freed by Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and the bloody Civil War ended in 1865, black people in the South were still marginalized and desired a new life in another part of the United States.  Black people left the South in huge numbers.  From 1870-1881, over 50,000 black men, women and children descended on Kansas.  Nearly 6,000 of these people crossed the border from Missouri for a fresh start in Kansas.  The anti-slavery legacy of the... - published on: 02/03/2014 - 1:02pm

Red’s Barber Shop in Overland Park

Red's Barber ShopWhen you enter Red’s Barber Shop on Santa Fe Drive in downtown Overland Park, you feel like you’ve stepped into a time warp.  The business looks pretty much the same as it did when it opened in 1955, all the way down to the original tile floors.  “Red” was a man named Donald Hewitt, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 79.  Today, Mike Gardner and Daryl Miller run the shop. Mike has sixteen years of service under his belt at Red’s, and he’s considered the new guy.  A... - published on: 01/21/2014 - 12:58pm

New King Louie items added to the Museum’s collection

King Louie BrochureJohnson County Museum Collections Manager Russ Czaplewski has been busy searching online for items related to King Louie West to add to the Museum’s permanent collection.  Russ found an early 1960s King Louie lighter and a 1960s ashtray on eBay and he just had to have them.  The Johnson County Museum collects artifacts from all periods of the county’s history, from early settlement through the present day.   King Louie West on 87th and Metcalf in Overland Park was a... - published on: 01/07/2014 - 12:35pm

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