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Time Travelers - Down on the Farm
July 25, 2017

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time Travelers - Down on the FarmDo laundry the old fashioned way with a wash board. Feed the hens and our rooster, Duke. Guess what their favorite food is. Play yard games such as horse shoes, croquet, and catch. Today, help churn ice cream and have a taste!

Extra fun today - Music Hour – make 1920s music with Katie Pettruci, Teacher and Owner of Echo Music Studio, with instruments, stories and songs from 10:30 – 11:30 am.

Phone Shawnee Town for a copy of the Time Travelers brochure (913) 248-2360, or print a copy for yourself, using the following link: 2017 Time Travelers Schedule


Time Travelers - In the Garden
August 3, 2017

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time Travelers - In the GardenPlant or harvest, weed (it’s not that bad!), sort seeds, guess what seed grows into what plant, wash and bundle veggies (free tastes!) and mow the lawn with our 1920s lawn mower. It’s a far cry from today’s model! We’ll make kites and crepe paper flowers and color and fly balsa wood airplanes. Extra fun today - Golden Age of Marbles - Play 1920s marble games with Rich Maxwell, noted author and marble collector from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.


Summer Family Fun- Share, Make, Create!
An Intergenerational Sharing with Family & Friends
August 5, 2017

10:00 am to 11:30 am


Summer Family Fun- Share, Make, Create!
An Intergenerational Sharing with Family & FriendsShare your favorite Summer memories from way back when in your family or ones you're just starting. We'll be hand churning ice cream with fresh strawberries and learning how to make wall paper beads for necklaces or curtains. This event will be led by Nedra Bonds, teacher, fiber artist, quilter, and activist.

Class fee is just $5 per person, registration is required, please call us at (913) 248-2360 to reserve your spot in this class!
Ages 7-99 welcome!

This class is the third of four in 2017 celebrating the seasons. They can be taken separately. The last class will be held on November 4th (for Fall). Each will include time for sharing stories, sampling a homemade seasonal dish (recipe provided), and participating in a hands-on activity.


Time Travelers - Goin' to Town
August 8, 2017

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time Travelers - Goin' to TownDo a lesson straight from a 1920s reader or look at how the world has changed on a one hundred year old map. Take orders and stock shelves in Garrett’s Grocery Store. Bring your doll or teddy bear to Bousman’s Barber Shop for a trim. Yes, really! Shine shoes. Play on vintage board games (for all ages) and do a scavenger hunt.


Time Travelers - Goin' to Town
August 9, 2017

06:30 pm to 08:30 pm


Time Travelers - Goin' to TownDo a lesson straight from a 1920s reader or look at how the world has changed on a one hundred year old map. Take orders and stock shelves in Garrett’s Grocery Store. Bring your doll or teddy bear to Bousman’s Barber Shop for a trim. Yes, really! Shine shoes. Play on vintage board games (for all ages) and do a scavenger hunt. Extra fun this evening - Leatherworking - Cornie Neufeld will help you create something fun and unique from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.


Time Travelers - Goin' to Town - Our last one for the season!
August 10, 2017

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time Travelers - Goin' to Town - Our last one for the season!Do a lesson straight from a 1920s reader or look at how the world has changed on a one hundred year old map. Take orders and stock shelves in Garrett’s Grocery Store. Bring your doll or teddy bear to Bousman’s Barber Shop for a trim. Yes, really! Shine shoes. Play on vintage board games (for all ages) and do a scavenger hunt. Last Time Travelers for 2017. Come see us next summer!


Dog Days of Summer - Bring Fido to the Museum on a Leash!
August 12, 2017

09:00 am to 12:00 pm


Dog Days of Summer - Bring Fido to the Museum on a Leash!Every dog needs his day and yours in no exception. Bring her or him to Shawnee Town for contests, prizes, and visits with local vets, groomers, trainers and friends. All dogs must be on a leash. Hands on activities and professional advise from our sponsors.

This event is free and open to the public!


1920s Book Club at the Farmhouse
August 19, 2017

10:00 am to 11:30 am


1920s Book Club at the FarmhouseRecurring program on the third Saturday of every month from February – November

The 1920s was known for its great literature. Last year the 1920s Book Club concentrated on mysteries of the decade. This year, we will still focus on mysteries, but we’ve added authors from other genres such as Ray Bradbury, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bill Bryson, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Participants will read a designated book each month and discuss it in the kitchen of Shawnee Town’s 1920s farmhouse. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Books may be borrowed from the Johnson County Library, other local county libraries or purchased on one’s own.

Reservations required, please call, 913-248-2360 to reserve yours spot in the farmhouse, space is limited


Jammin' on the Green with the Grand Marquis
August 23, 2017

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm


Jammin' on the Green with the Grand MarquisOnce again, the classic, timeless straight-from-the-Kansas City-speakeasy sound of the Grand Marquis will echo through the air. Saxophonist, Bryan Redmond, will be joined with the rest of his band on trumpet, guitar, bass, and drums. Sit back and relax under the stars. Light refreshments will be provided.

This concert is free and open to the public, invite your friends and neighbors! For more information, please call us at (913) 248-2360.


Babe Ruth's Baseball - Played the 1920s Way!
August 26, 2017

04:00 pm to 07:00 pm


Babe Ruth's Baseball - Played the 1920s Way!Hot dot! Get ya hot dog here! For the first time, enjoy watching a vintage 1920s "baseball" game, played at Herman Laird Park, located just outside the gates of Shawnee Town Museum, at the corner of Johnson Drive and Cody. Volunteer players from the Kansas City Men's Senior Baseball League will take the field and play by the rules of 1929. Food and drink will be sold by the Shawnee Mission Optimists and the Irish American Club of Johnson County.

Admission to the ball game is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the Museum at (913) 248-2360.


From Flintlock to Enbloc: Historic Infantry Weapons and Field Equipment 1776-1945
September 9, 2017

10:00 am to 11:30 am


From Flintlock to Enbloc: Historic Infantry Weapons and Field Equipment 1776-1945Back by popular demand, with a twist! Come explore the long arms carried by the American foot soldier from 1776-1945, and learn about the related field equipment needed to maintain and serve the weapons. From flintlock muskets to enbloc clips, learn about the historic technologies available from colonial times to the WWII "arsenal of democracy" era. Infantry small arms will be the focus, with many period examples being available for class participants to see first-hand.

Registration is required to attend this informative class, $10 per person, please call the museum to reserve your spot, (913) 248-2360.


Downton Abbey One Hour Dress Making Class
September 12, 2017

06:30 pm to 08:30 pm


Downton Abbey One Hour Dress Making ClassIf you miss the Sunday night ritual of watching Downton Abbey on KCPT or KTWU or if you love to sew, this is the class for you. In the early 1920s, Mary Brooks Picken designed a dress that could be made in one hour, for busy homemakers. This technique has been adapted to sew one of the Downton Abbey Crawley girl's dresses worn in the Emmy award-winning BBC television series. No matter what your size, come and try your hand at this. Leave with a completed dress. We'll be serving tea and scones!

Basic sewing experience is required. There will be a pre-class meeting scheduled for guidance in selecting your fabric and supplies. Bring your own sewing machine. Please call Sharron Uhler for more information at (913) 248-2360.


Friends of Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival
September 16, 2017

09:00 am to 04:00 pm


Friends of Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall FestivalJoin us for the 42nd annual Friends of Shawnee Town Arts & Crafts Fair & Fall Festival.
We will have over 120 vendors, showcasing their hand made, homemade and re-purposed items.

We will also have several food vendors on site to meet the needs of your tastebuds!

Did we mention FREE kids' activities? That's right, we'll have several areas for the kids to learn and play for FREE!

Live music will be heard from the Gazebo throughout the day. We will have The Anchovy Fisherman performing from 10am-12pm, followed by Darrell Lea from 12:30pm-3:30pm.

We will literally have something for everyone! Admission is just $1 per person, collected at the gates.

For information on how you can be a vendor on our show, sponsorship opportunities, or general questions, please call Royal Krueger at, (913) 248-2360.



1920s Book Club at the Farmhouse
September 16, 2017

10:00 am to 11:30 am


1920s Book Club at the FarmhouseRecurring program on the third Saturday of every month from February – November

**This month's book club will be meeting at the Johnson County Library, located at 13811 Johnson Drive Shawnee, KS 66216.**

The 1920s was known for its great literature. Last year the 1920s Book Club concentrated on mysteries of the decade. This year, we will still focus on mysteries, but we’ve added authors from other genres such as Ray Bradbury, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bill Bryson, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Participants will read a designated book each month and discuss it in the kitchen of Shawnee Town’s 1920s farmhouse. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Books may be borrowed from the Johnson County Library, other local county libraries or purchased on one’s own.

Reservations required, please call, 913-248-2360 to reserve yours spot in the farmhouse, space is limited


At Home on the Range: Community Cookbooks - Speaker and Pot Luck
October 4, 2017

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm


At Home on the Range: Community Cookbooks - Speaker and Pot LuckSome of the best cookbooks sitting on your shelf ar undoubtedly the ones from your church or another organization where everyone came together to contribute their favorite recipes. This presentation provides a survey of Kansas community cookbooks from 1874 to the present, which reveal not only changes in foodways but also poems, prayers, personal reflections, and histories.

Bring your favorite community cookbook and a dish to share - possibly your very own contribution to that cookbook! We'll eat and then listen to our speaker, Louise Hanson, who has over 400 Kansas cookbooks in her collection. Does she have yours?

This event is free and open to the public, thanks to the Kansas Humanities Council.
For more information, give us a call at (913) 248-2360.


Home School Day - Morning Session
October 13, 2017

10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Home School Day - Morning SessionJoin us for Home School Day at the Museum!

Reservations are required, please call JoJo Palko at (913) 248-2360 or email her at jpalko@cityofshawnee.org to reserve your spot! Please let us know if you are interested in the morning session from 10am-12pm or the afternoon session from 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Admission is $2.50 per child from ages 1-21. Parents as teachers are free.


Home School Day - Afternoon Session
October 13, 2017

12:30 pm to 02:30 pm


Home School Day - Afternoon SessionJoin us for Home School Day at the Museum!

Reservations are required, please call JoJo Palko at (913) 248-2360 or email her at jpalko@cityofshawnee.org to reserve your spot! Please let us know if you are interested in the morning session from 10am-12pm or the afternoon session from 12:30pm-2:30pm.

Admission is $2.50 per child from ages 1-21. Parents as teachers are free.


Speakeasy Society - On Broadway!
October 18, 2017

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm


Speakeasy Society - On Broadway!Our final Speakeasy Society event of the year will focus on that great American musical institution, Broadway! Entering its most prodigious period, the "Great White Way" showcased names on its marquees we all recongize - Ziegfeld Gershwin, Berlin, Astaire, Rogers & Hart, Jolson, Kern, and the Marx Brothers.

Come and listen to the stories while sipping a Prohibition cocktail and sampling light, 1920s styled hors d' oeuvres. You're welcome to come in your best 1920s glad rags!

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please call the Museum for the password and to give us your count, (913) 248-2360.


1920s Book Club at the Farmhouse
October 21, 2017

10:00 am to 11:30 am


1920s Book Club at the FarmhouseRecurring program on the third Saturday of every month from February – November

The 1920s was known for its great literature. Last year the 1920s Book Club concentrated on mysteries of the decade. This year, we will still focus on mysteries, but we’ve added authors from other genres such as Ray Bradbury, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bill Bryson, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Participants will read a designated book each month and discuss it in the kitchen of Shawnee Town’s 1920s farmhouse. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Books may be borrowed from the Johnson County Library, other local county libraries or purchased on one’s own.

Reservations required, please call, 913-248-2360 to reserve yours spot in the farmhouse, space is limited


Historical Hauntings
October 28, 2017

06:00 pm to 08:30 pm


Historical HauntingsShawnee Town's Historical Hauntings is a real scream for Halloween fans. Slither by on Saturday, October 28th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Come to the grounds of Shawnee Town, 11501 W. 57th, three blocks west of Nieman Road where all activities are free with a $1 suggested donation to benefit Shawnee Town 1929 and open to the public. The Optimist Club of Shawnee-Mission will be selling snacks at the “Ghoul Café” and there will be trick-or-treating, tractor drawn hayrides, Farmstead tours, an eyeball candy counting contest, opportunities for Halloween photos and costume contests with five separate categories and awesome prizes!

Call Shawnee Town 1929, (913) 248-2360 or e-mail rkrueger@cityofshawnee.org for more information.


Fall Family Fun - Share, Make, Create!
An Intergenerational Sharing with Family & Friends
November 4, 2017

10:00 am to 11:30 am


Fall Family Fun - Share, Make, Create!
An Intergenerational Sharing with Family & FriendsShare your favorite Fall memories from way back when in your family or ones you're just starting. Make candied apples - cinnamon and caramel. Take one home! Create your very own 1920s Christmas ornament. This event will be led by Nedra Bonds, teacher, fiber artist, quilter, and activist.


Class fee is just $5 per person, please call to register, at (913) 248-2360. Ages 7-99 welcome!


1920s Book Club at the Farmhouse
November 18, 2017

10:00 am to 11:30 am


1920s Book Club at the FarmhouseLast 1920s Book Club for 2017!

The 1920s was known for its great literature. Last year the 1920s Book Club concentrated on mysteries of the decade. This year, we will still focus on mysteries, but we’ve added authors from other genres such as Ray Bradbury, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bill Bryson, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Participants will read a designated book each month and discuss it in the kitchen of Shawnee Town’s 1920s farmhouse. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

Books may be borrowed from the Johnson County Library, other local county libraries or purchased on one’s own.

Reservations required, please call, 913-248-2360 to reserve yours spot in the farmhouse, space is limited


Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!
November 19, 2017

02:00 pm to 03:30 pm


Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!The most famous mouse is celebrating his birthday and we're going to help! There will be birthday cake, a hands on fun activity, and Mickey Mouse ears to take home, (while they last).

Come help blow out the birthday candles!

This event is free and open to the public!


Holiday Savories with Chef Casey Sullivan
December 7, 2017

06:30 pm to 08:30 pm


Holiday Savories with Chef Casey SullivanIt's cold outside and you're hankering for a few new main course meals to serve your family. Chef Casey will come to the rescue! This class will include hands on experience, recipes and samples to take home.

This class is $10 per person, registration is required, please call (913) 248-260 to get signed up.