Explore more than 40,000 historical photographs documenting the people, places and organizations of Johnson County, Kansas from the 19th century to the present!
The Johnson County Library through the Johnson County Library Foundation recently secured a $50,000 grant from the Hall Family Foundation. This is a two-year commitment to help fund important library programs and resources for youth and teens, particularly those in poverty and at risk. The library provides a variety of programs that serve vulnerable populations like Homework Help, Tutor.com, and 6 by 6 Early Literacy Outreach. The Hall Family Foundation has provided grant assistance in the past for library services to incarcerated youth which has helped expand hope and opportunity to teens at a crossroads in their life.
According to County Librarian Sean Casserley, poverty is on the rise in Johnson County and the Library is working hard to extend programming to insure that every child has access to learning opportunities and life changing resources. “This two year grant shows a commitment to help address this changing landscape in Johnson County. The Library and Foundation are thankful to have this support from the Hall Family Foundation,” Casserley stated.
Angela Andresen Smart, Hall Family Foundation Vice President commented that the Hall Family Foundation is pleased to provide this support. “The Johnson County Library’s data showed there is growing demand for library programs serving Johnson County youth living in poverty,” she stated. “The suburbanization of poverty has made the Library even more vital and valuable as a community resource for books, computers, tutoring and other educational programming.”
The Johnson County Library Foundation's mission is to build an endowment for the Library's collection and secure support for life-long learning programs offered at Johnson County Library. The organization, established in 1998, supports collection enrichment, early literacy programs, youth homework assistance, youth-at-risk programs, civic engagement, and library programming. For more information visit www.jocolibraryfoundation.org.
This Valentine’s Day give your sweetheart a handmade remembrance of your devotion. The Lanesfield Historic Site, 18745 S. Dillie Road in Edgerton, Kan., will help you create a Victorian valentine during Valentine’s Day at Lanesfield, from Saturday, February 1 – Saturday, February 15, 2014. The site is open Fridays and Saturdays from 1–5 p.m.; admission is free.
Each participant will craft a valentine; using old-fashioned pen and ink to inscribe it. The historic school is decorated with 1904 décor and visitors can learn about early twentieth century valentine celebrations.
Love and romance was the theme of Valentine’s Day at the turn of the twentieth century. In rural Johnson County, Valentine’s Day was a long-awaited and festive day. Valentines and gifts were exchanged between suitors and friends. Parties for young adults often took place on the day.
Schoolchildren and young adults put a lot of effort into writing their valentines. By the 1920s, valentine exchanges were very common at school and by the 1930s most school children gave a valentine to every member of the class. Students delighted in decorating elaborate boxes to hold their cards. Many valentines were handmade, but store-bought postcards were also a popular choice.
Join Lanesfield School in celebrating the day of love and romance. For groups of ten or more, please call 913-715-2570 for reservations. This event is free to the public. For more information, please call 913-715-2570 or visit www.jocomuseum.org.
The Johnson County Museum opened its newest exhibit, Citizen Soldiers on the Prairie, on Friday, September 20, 2013. The exhibit examines the important role the workers at the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant played in defending the United States for 50 years, and how the construction of the Sunflower plant dramatically changed Johnson County. The exhibit is on view through August 23, 2014, and is open during regular Museum hours, Mondays through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Admission is FREE! This exhibit was funded by the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund.
Looking for a unique way to bring your workgroup together? Bring them to the Lanesfield School for an experience that they won't forget! Step back to 1904 with a strict school teacher for challenging lessons with penmanship, mental arithmetic, geography and spelling in a turn of the 20th century school environment.
The Historic Site is available for a 4-hour time block between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. weekday mornings with the choice of a 30-minute or 1-hour program with a costumed guide. Maximum of 30 participants for a cost of $200 ($150 for non-profit organizations and Johnson County Departments and Agencies). Click here to download a brochure.