The annual “A Very Fifties Christmas” holiday event is the public’s last chance to tour the 1950s All-Electric House at its current home behind the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee. At the end of this year’s holiday season, the 1950s All-Electric House will close in preparation for the Museum’s 2017 move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park.
Starting Saturday, November 28, “A Very Fifties Christmas” adorns the 1950s All-Electric House in the space age style of a 1950s holiday. With an aluminum tree and color wheel as the central feature, the house is furnished with mid-century modern furnishings and its holiday décor emphasizes modern living ideals.
“The 1950s post-war technologies, inventive use of materials, and changing lifestyles replaced nostalgia with new modern design elements like clean straight lines, lack of ornament or detail, and bright bold colors and shapes,” says Mindi Love, director of the Johnson County Museum. “Many items on display will be very familiar to the baby-boom generation as several of the decorating and gift ideas come directly from the pages of 1950s women’s magazines like Family Circle and Good Housekeeping.”
From November 28 through January 2, tours Monday through Friday will take place every half hour from 1 - 4 p.m. On Saturdays, tours begin every half hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children 5-12 years. Museum members and children under 5 are free. Group tours may be scheduled by calling 913-715-2570 for advanced reservations on weekday morning tours. For more information, please call the Johnson County Museum at 913-715-2575 or visit the Museum’s website at www.jocogov.org/museum.