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George Washington’s Pie
February 10, 2015

06:30 pm to 09:00 pm


George Washington’s PieLearn how to make the perfect pie in honor of George for President’s Day. Johnson County Master Food Volunteers will adapt a 1920s recipe to today’s baking practices. Everyone will take home a pie.....yummmy! Fee $10


The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt
February 12, 2015

06:00 pm to 08:30 pm


The Farmer’s Wife Sampler QuiltPrairie Point Quilt and Fabric Shop staff will teach this class. Participants will use quilt blocks inspired by the 1922 Farmer’s Wife magazine to make one of several items. Asked by the magazine whether or not they would counsel their daughters to marry farmers, 7,000 women responded. Their responses were the inspiration for the creative quilt blocks.


Speakeasy Society – Prohibition: “The Noble Experiment”
February 18, 2015



Speakeasy Society – Prohibition: “The Noble Experiment”


The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt
February 19, 2015

06:00 pm to 08:30 pm


The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt
Prairie Point Quilt and Fabric Shop staff will teach this class. Participants will use quilt blocks inspired by the 1922 Farmer’s Wife magazine to make one of several items. Asked by the magazine whether or not they would counsel their daughters to marry farmers, 7,000 women responded. Their responses were the inspiration for the creative quilt blocks.



The Farmer’s Wife Sampler Quilt
February 26, 2015

06:00 pm to 08:30 pm


The Farmer’s Wife Sampler QuiltPrairie Point Quilt and Fabric Shop staff will teach this class. Participants will use quilt blocks inspired by the 1922 Farmer’s Wife magazine to make one of several items. Asked by the magazine whether or not they would counsel their daughters to marry farmers, 7,000 women responded. Their responses were the inspiration for the creative quilt blocks.


Hair Bobbing for Love
July 11, 2015

10:00 am to 11:30 am


Hair Bobbing for Love

Locks of Love (pdf)

At Shawnee Town 1929, donate 10” or more of your hair to Locks of Love. If your hair is short, what a perfect reason for growing it long! In the 1920s, the “bob” became the fashion statement of the decade. A blunt cut level with the bottom of the ear, it signaled the beginning of an era of free-spirited young women who chose to defy tradition.

All hair donations will go to Locks of Love, a public, non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Hair stylists from Choppers Hair Studio in Shawnee and barbers from Metro Barber College will do the cutting in our 1920s-outfitted Bousman Barber Shop.

So be the “bee’s knees” and save (or grow) those locks for love. We’ll have 1920s- inspired refreshments on hand to celebrate good times and your donation! For more information call (913) 248-2360 or email
suhler@cityofshawnee.org.

Speaker Series

Date: 2nd Tuesday of the Month, April, June, August and October
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Town Hall at Shawnee Town Museum, 11600 Johnson Drive
Details: Free and open to the public (913) 248-2360

2015 Speaker Series (pdf)


Bird: The Life, Career, and Recordings of Charlie Parker
April 14, 2015

07:00 pm
Chuck Haddix, Director, Marr Sound Archives & Host, “Fish Fry” on KCUR FM


Charlie Parker, along with Dizzy Gillespie, created bebop, 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.


World War I on the Homefront: Persuasion and Propaganda
June 9, 2015

07:00 pm
Lorraine Madaway - Curator of Special Collections, University Archivist Wichita State University


When the United States entered World War I in the spring of 1917, the civilian population was aware of the high casualty rates from trench warfare and the resulting low morale. This presentation will highlight posters, pamphlets, and sheet music that encouraged Americans to buy Liberty Bonds; raise, conserve, and send food to Europe; and promote the importance of books and libraries as a vital component of democracy.


Soda Fountains of Kansas
August 11, 2015

07:00 pm
Cindy Higgins, Journalist & Kansas Historian


Relive the glory days of the soda fountain where tonics and curatives evolved into refreshments like the Brown Cow, the Mudslide, and the Egg Cream. Government regulations, World War I luxury taxes, and bottled soda pop prompted Kansas pharmacists to make more ice cream concoctions and add food to keep their evolving fountain sideline business profitable.


Grandmother’s Dust Bowl Garden
October 13, 2015

07:00 pm
Sara Jane Richter, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts Oklahoma Panhandle State University


Drawing from first-hand accounts, this talk explores the vegetables, flowers, and medicinal herbs women cultivated within the harshest conditions during the Great Depression. By experimenting with and cultivating hardy breeds many women were able to augment their families’ menu, larder, meals, and mood.