As its eight-plus-month-long temporary exhibit about the 1920s comes to an end, the Johnson County Museum is bringing in a 2019 Academy Award winner for the last of eight programs which ties into the exhibit, which opened in late August.
Planned for May 9 is a program called An Evening with Kevin Willmott. A documentary filmmaker, University of Kansas professor, and winner of a 2019 Academy Award, Willmott will show his one-hour 2018 television biopic, “William Allen White: What’s the Matter with Kansas?” The film will be followed by a discussion with Wilmott and local film critic and museum foundation board member Lonita Cook. The documentary ties into a portion of the museum’s temporary exhibit called The Turbulent Twenties devoted to the rise of nationalism and nativism in the 1920s, and specifically looks at White’s unsuccessful 1924 bid for the governorship of Kansas, as well as the stronghold of the Klan in the Kansas City region.
An Evening with Kevin Willmott will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for this two-hour program is $5 per person and includes museum admission. Museum members receive a 20 percent discount, but must register by phone by calling (913) 831-3359 to receive their discount. The program fee also includes museum admission, and the museum will be open extended hours of 4:30 to 7 p.m. for paid ticket holders. For more information or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 18886. This program is cosponsored by Cookie Lane Entertainment.
In February, Willmott was honored with an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for his work on the film “BlacKkKlansman,” which he co-wrote with Director Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, and Charlie Wachtel. The outrageous and blistering biopic tells the story an of African-American police officer from Colorado who infiltrated the local Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.
The museum’s Turbulent Twenties exhibit, which runs through May 11, fills a 1,600 square-foot gallery space with more than 100 images and over 50 objects, plus music, and video. The exhibit provides visitors with a national view of the issues, while also highlighting how the local region responded. Objectives for the exhibit are: exploring connections between Johnson County, the state of Kansas, and the larger national history of the decade; and drawing connections between the 1920s and our current society and culture.
The museum is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and is not open on Sunday. regular museum admission rates are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children.
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