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Shawnee Town 1929's Visitor's Center
11501 W. 57th Street
Shawnee, Kansas 66203

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Phone: (913) 248-2360
Fax: (913) 248-2363
E-Mail


Museum Hours and Cost


Self-Guided Tours of Museum Grounds:
Open March to October 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday

Visitor's Center Gift Shop & Exhibit:
Open Year Round 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
The Museum is closed on all public holidays observed by the City of Shawnee.
Museum Tour: $3.00 per adult, $1.00 per child (ages 5-17), Free - children under 5


Museum Staff


Charlie Pautler - Museum Director E-Mail
Charlie Pautler is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University and a Master of Arts in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Before coming to Shawnee Town he worked for museums and historic sites in Minnesota and Alabama. His areas of expertise include United States 19th and 20th century agricultural and military history, as well as music history from the 1940's through 1960's. He is married, and is also a percussionist for various bands and music projects.

Responsibilities: The Museum Director is responsible for organizing and coordinating all Museum activities with the assistance of the Museum staff and for managing and implementing the plan for Shawnee Town 1929. The Museum Director is also the primary spokesperson for the Museum.

Shannon Hsu - Curator of Collections E-Mail
Shannon is the Curator of Collections for Shawnee Town. She is responsible for the museum’s collection, and enjoys researching and learning about Shawnee in the 1920’s. In addition, Shannon serves as the Vice-President of the Kansas Museums Association and the Treasurer for the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City. A native of Kansas, Shannon earned Bachelor degrees in History and Art History from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and a Master of Arts degree in Historical Administration and Museum Studies from the University of Kansas. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her husband, reading and a variety of crafty projects.

Responsibilities: The Curator of Collections is responsible for the care of all of the artifacts, photographs, textiles, and manuscripts of the Museum. This includes managing the care and use of interpretive spaces and research.

Sharron Uhler - Curator of Education E-Mail
Sharron received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Sweet Briar College in History and her Master of Arts in Medieval History from St. Andrews University in Scotland. She is responsible for the Museum’s education programs and annual events. Prior to Shawnee Town, she directed and created archives programs at museums, corporations and educational institutions. She also taught history at the college level. Sharron enjoys curling and is currently transcribing her father’s WW II letters and writing a book on Pikes Peak women of the twentieth century. She is most proud of climbing Pikes Peak – up and down!

Responsibilities: Shawnee Town’s Curator of Education is responsible for creating educational programs and materials and implementing and evaluating indoor and outdoor Museum interpretive programs and exhibits for school groups and the general public. These programs include special events, workshops, lectures, seminars, school programs, group tours, and outreach programs.

Royal Krueger - Office & Facilities Coordinator E-Mail
Royal received her Associate of Arts Degree from Johnson County Community College. Royal is a Certified Tourism Ambassador through the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association. She has been an employee with the City of Shawnee since June 2000, and with Shawnee Town 1929 since February 2001. She enjoys spending time with her three children and her husband.

Responsibilities: The Office & Facilities Coordinator is responsible for greeting the public, managing the Museum store, showing & booking Town Hall for rental, receiving rental information and ensuring that facilities are set up & staffed to meet customer’s desires. The position performs various routine clerical and administrative support work at Shawnee Town as well as assorted tasks related to the operations of Shawnee Town.

Maureen Kronawitter - Volunteer Coordinator E-Mail
Maureen was born and raised in Shawnee. She received her Bachelor’s of Social Welfare from the University of Kansas in 1995. Prior to coming to Shawnee Town in 2014, she worked as a paralegal for 16 years. Her & her husband Joe have 3 kids & 2 dogs who keep them busy.

Responsibilities: The Volunteer Coordinator manages the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, training and scheduling of volunteers for the Museum. This position advocates for volunteers and leads their integration into the organization. Additional responsibilities include assessing and analyzing the Museum's need for volunteer assistance, articulating a vision for volunteer involvement, developing program goals, objectives & assignments.

JoJo Palko - Museum Assistant E-Mail
JoJo attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri and participated in the Museum Studies program at the University of Kansas. Two years later she received her Master's degree along with thousands of hours of museum experience. In her free time she enjoys reading, going on walks and practicing yoga. She also loves to cook and to eat-she's Italian, it is in her blood! JoJo is also an avid Royal's fan, thanks to her boyfriend.

Responsibilities: The Museum Assistant is involved in two sectors of museum work. Part of her time is spent working as a collections assistant, working closely with the Curator of Education, with the care of the the museum's artifact collection. The other part of her job is spent working as a museum interpreter, working closely with the Curator of Education, working with school programs, mission based programming and working with the museum's interpretive volunteers.


On-line Forms


Contact the Museum
Friends Membership Application
Gift Shop Order Form
Group Visits
Stay Informed: Subscription Form
Visitor's Survey
Volunteer Application


Photo Policy


On occasion, City staff or independent photographers hired by the City, may take photographs or videos of participants in our programs, parks, and special events. Please be aware that these photographs or videos are for the department’s potential use in future brochures, pamphlets, social media, and website. If you object to having photos of you or your family used for future City publication, you should notify the photographer at the time the photo is taken.