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Shawnee Town 1929 is a museum that is a division of the City of Shawnee's Parks and Recreation Department. The Museum is currently undergoing an expansion that will allow visitors to experience a typical day in and around the 1920s farm community of Shawnee, Kansas, through authentic collections, exhibits, programs and events.

We look forward to your participation in one of the many new and exciting programs Shawnee Town 1929 has to offer. Call (913) 248-2360 or email shawneetown@shawneetown.org to register for our programs. Evening classes will meet at Town Hall, 11600 Johnson Drive and daytime classes will meet at the Visitor’s Center at 11501 W 57th Street.


Friends of Shawnee Town Newsletter

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/Bird: The Life, Career, and Recordings of Charlie Parker - Chuck Haddix, Director of the Marr Sound Archives & Host, “Fish Fry” KCUR FMBird: The Life, Career, and Recordings of Charlie Parker - Chuck Haddix, Director of the Marr Sound Archives & Host, “Fish Fry” KCUR FM
May 13

07:00 pm

A transitional figure in music, Charlie Parker, along with Dizzy Gillespie, created bepop, a revolution in jazz. He was a composer and alto saxophonist who went on to influence subsequent generations of musicians, writers, and artists ranging from Jack Kerourac to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. A heroin addict and alcoholic, who died at the age of 34, Parker spent his first 20 years in Kansas City where he came of age musically. Haddix’s program will synthesize information from his latest book about Parker’s life and career in Kansas City. Copies of Bird: The Life, Career, and Recordings of Charlie Parker will be available for purchase and autographs. >>more

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/Bloody Mary Roll-Out PartyBloody Mary Roll-Out Party
June 4

05:00 pm to 07:00 pm

Any way you slice it, the annual Bloody Mary Party and Tomato Roll is a fun way to get summer started! Join the Friends of Shawnee Town 1929 for an evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres and surprises. Tickets are $25 for the party. The price includes 2 'tomato' entries in the Tomato Roll. Ask us about family or corporate sponsorships! Don’t miss the chance to win unique prize packages! Call 248-2360 by May 28th to reserve your spot! >>more

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/Let the Good Times Roll!Let the Good Times Roll!
June 7

09:30 am

Don't miss the 7th Annual Friends of Shawnee Town Tomato Roll! It's like a Ducky Derby but with red rubber "tomatoes" that race down Johnson Drive, just before the Old Shawnee Days parade. >>more

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/Heritage Cooking in the Heartland - Mark Molentine, Chef de Cuisine, Children’s Mercy HospitalHeritage Cooking in the Heartland - Mark Molentine, Chef de Cuisine, Children’s Mercy Hospital
June 10

07:00 pm

Chef Mark Alan Mollentine will talk about ethnic cooking in the heartland and have samples for us to taste. If you attended his presentation several years ago, you’ll remember the delicious food we practically “inhaled!” Bring a dish to share that represents your own family’s ethnic heritage along with the recipe and we’ll share stories about our roots. A photograph of the first relative to make this dish and possibly the recipe in his/her own hand would be great! Drop off your recipe several days before the event and the Museum will make copies to share that night. >>more


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1920s Timeline
1920s Timeline

The place is Shawnee -- a small Kansas community of sloping farms, 3 churches, a general store, a brand new picture show palace, the soda fountain at Heaton’s and a Chevrolet dealership selling roadsters and jalopies.>>more

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Facility Rental

Need a place for your wedding reception, birthday celebration, company meeting, family reunion or other special event?>>more