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Johnson County celebrates Kansas Day

Kansas is turning 157 years old on Monday, Jan. 29, and Johnson County is offering three activities to join the celebration, have fun and learn more about state symbols.

Kansas Day is celebrated annually to commemorate when Kansas became the 34th state entered into the Union, after statehood was approved by U.S. Congress on Jan. 29, 1861.

Johnson County’s events will take place a couple of days ahead of Kansas Day, beginning on Jan. 27, when residents are invited to “Meet the Animals of Kansas” from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Johnson County Museum in the county’s Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.

The program will feature the American Bison and tiger salamander; information about the state’s natural symbols, including the sunflower; details about the Kansas flag; and the opportunity to interact with hands-on items and live animals.

Also on Jan. 27, the museum is planning a “Happy Birthday Kansas” celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include the opportunity to explore the museum’s signature exhibition, featuring the 1950s All-Electric House; play in KidScape; tour the temporary exhibit, “Let’s Celebrate: Johnson County Museum is 50!” and enjoy hands-on fun with activities and crafts for all ages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

No pre-registration required for either event with admission upon arrival. Admission for each activity is $5 for adult, $4 for senior (60+) and $3 for children. Museum members are free.

The Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 North K-7 Highway, Olathe, will showcase “Kansas Symbols as part of its Sunday Family Nature Services from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Jan. 28.

The program will feature some of the state’s natural symbols, including live animals. The cost of the program, with payment on site, is $3 per person, including adults (ages 2 and under are free). Pre-registration is not required. More information is available by calling 913-764-7759.


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