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Temporary exhibit recalls clothing from feed sacks

February 23, 2021

Thrift Style exhibitThe latest temporary exhibit at the Johnson County Museum explores the reuse of feed sacks to make clothing and other household objects and illuminates how the “upcycling” of these bags mutually benefitted twentieth-century consumers and businesses.

The Thrift Style exhibit, located which in the museum’s temporary exhibit room, will remain on display through May 1. The traveling exhibit is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid America Arts Alliance with The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission and The National Endowment for the Arts.

The Johnson County Museum is located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Exhibit admission is included with regular museum admission rates of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children ages one to 18, and free for children under one. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is closed on Sundays.

The museum is also presenting a related virtual History on Tap program called Thrift Style: Ingenuity in Hard Times, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2.

Kansas State University Historic Costume & Textile Museum Curator Marla Day will explore how we can use our past to improve our present through thrifting.

The one-hour program is free, but registration is required. All registered participants will receive an email with a Zoom link and instructions on how to proceed. For more information or to register by phone, call 913-831-3359.