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Jammin’ on the Green - Grand Marquis
August 27, 2015

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm


Jammin’ on the Green - Grand MarquisIt will be a hot time in Shawnee Town tonight! And we don’t mean the weather! The classic, timeless straight-from-the-Kansas City-speakeasy sound of the Grand Marquis will echo through the air. Saxopohonist, 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 provided.

Location: Bandstand, Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th Street


Shawnee Town Craft Fair
September 19, 2015

09:00 am to 04:00 pm


Shawnee Town Craft Fair
Shoppers can browse through close to 100 craft booths featuring the handmade creations of jewelers, weavers, chefs, woodworkers, and other artisans at Shawnee Town 1929’s 40th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, September 19th between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We will have several food booths on hand to meet the needs of your taste buds! Admission is $1.00 at the gate, and all proceeds benefit the Shawnee Town 1929 Museum’s interpretive and educational programs. Don’t miss out! This is a must for all craft lovers! For more information call (913) 248-2360 or email rkrueger@cityofshawnee.org.


Jammin’ on the Green- Harvest Moon Concert with the Kansas City Ukesters
September 24, 2015

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm


Jammin’ on the Green- Harvest Moon Concert with the Kansas City Ukesters
The ukulele was one of THE most popular musical instruments of the 1920s and Shawnee Town has unofficially adopted the Kansas City Ukesters as our own ambassadors! Annual summer concerts at the Museum’s Bandstand wouldn’t be complete without their refreshing renditions of popular music of the 20s. This time it will focus on all those delightful tunes about the moon. Light refreshments provided.

Location: Bandstand, Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th Street


Home School Day
October 9, 2015

09:30 am to 02:00 pm


Home School Day
This is a day that Shawnee Town sets aside every year specifically for home schoolers. We will have activities that will fit all the various age groups as well as pre-K suitable activities. Come along and help us feed the chickens, do laundry, plant in the garden, visit the 1920s farmhouse. These are only a few of the possible activities we may have available for you that day!

Registration required: $3.00 for adults, 1 adult free per family, $2.50 per child 5-17, Free under 5
Location: Visitors Center, Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th Street



Beer Making
October 10, 2015

10:00 am to 05:00 pm


Beer Making
We’ll be going through the basics of brewing a beer from scratch and looking at the various malted barleys. We’ll also be making a quick “Short beer” that has been in the recipe books for household consumption for centuries. Participants will learn how to make a basic Hefenweizen from scratch and take home a bottle of freshly brewed apple short beer. The instructor is one of the leading Historical Interpretation Specialists in the country who gives workshops at museums across the US. Last November, he led the hog-butchering workshop at Shawnee Town 1929.

Registration required: Class fee $35 per person
Location: Farmstead, Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th Street
Instructor: Chris Gordy, Adjunct Professor of Public History Graduate Program at Northern Kentucky University


Sausage Making
October 10, 2015

10:00 am to 05:00 pm


Sausage Making
Spicy or sweet, links or patties, the possibilities when preparing sausage are virtually endless. This one-day class will demystify the process of making sausage as our instructor and sausage expert demonstrates and incorporates your assistance to begin preparing your own sausage at home. You’ll then learn a bit about the history of sausage making and identify some popular varieties of sausage and prepare a couple of recipes for an in-class tasting. The instructor led a class on interpretation and sausage making last November at Shawnee Town 1929.

Registration required: Class fee $35 per person
Location: Farmstead, Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th Street
Instructor: Susan Gordy, Director of Evendale Cultural Arts Center, Ohio


Historical Hauntings
October 24, 2015

06:00 pm to 08:30 pm


Historical Hauntings

Shawnee Town's Historical Hauntings is a real scream for Halloween fans. Slither by on Saturday, October 24th 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.


Class - Belgium’s Passion and Ours, Chocolate!
November 10, 2015

06:30 pm to 08:30 pm


Class - Belgium’s Passion and Ours, Chocolate!

What country is known for their chocolate more than any other? Belgium! We’re certain that when Shawnee’s Belgian immigrants came to this country in the early 20th century they brought their most beloved chocolate recipes. The Belgians created the chocolate bar and the truffle. We’ll be learning the art of making these exquisite morsels and more just in time for the holidays and gift-giving!

Registration required: Class fee $10 per person
Location: Town Hall, Shawnee Town 1929, 11600 Johnson Drive
Instructor: Crystal Futrell, Johnson County Extension Master Food Volunteers


The Speakeasy Society: The Jazz Age Exposed
November 18, 2015

07:00 pm


The Speakeasy Society: The Jazz Age ExposedBetween The Wars: The Golden Twenties. Join us for a swanky evening of secrets, spirits and fun. Dress up if you wish. Entertainment and refreshments are on the house. Phone (913) 248-2360 for password.


Christmas Around Town
December 5, 2015

04:30 pm to 07:30 pm


Christmas Around Town

Decorate the first page of your 2015 Christmas scrapbook with souvenirs and memories-galore of the City;s annual Christmas Around Town party. Commencing at 4:30 p.m., there will be entertainment at City Hall (11110 Johnson Drive) and open houses at downtown businesses. Santa Claus will arrive around 5:15 p.m. to help the Mayor light the City’s Christmas tree and present a check to the recipients of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund. Then Santa will ride to the museum (11600 Johnson Drive) where all sorts of exciting activities await!


Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 5:45 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. while Wonderscope entertains with holiday activities. Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, sing along with the carolers, have your face painted with candy canes, take home a balloon from our balloon artists, and visit live reindeer! And this year for the very first time at Christmas, have a guided tour of our newly-opened 1920s farmhouse decorated for the season with real German tinsel and 1920s ornaments on the tree. Take the chill off the evening with hot apple cider and cookies. Where else would you possibly want to be this holiday? Your scrapbook will be bursting at the seams with memories! Call Shawnee Town 1929, (913) 248-2360 or email rkrueger@cityofshawnee.org for more information!

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)


Speaker Series - Are You Ready for Some Football?Speaker Series - Are You Ready for Some Football?
September 24, 2015

07:00 pm to 08:15 pm
Bob Moore, Kansas City Chiefs’ Historian


See short clips of historic 1920s-early 1930s college football games between KU, K State, and MU. Bob Moore, KC Chief’s Historian, will regale participants with the history of the sport and the KC Chiefs. Bring your own beverage of choice and we’ll supply the snacks!

Sponsored by: Friends of Shawnee Town
Location: Town Hall, Shawnee Town 1929, 11600 Johnson Drive


Speaker Series - Grandmother’s Dust Bowl GardenSpeaker Series - Grandmother’s Dust Bowl Garden
October 13, 2015

07:00 pm to 08:30 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. Light refreshments provided.

Sponsored by: Friends of Shawnee Town and the Kansas Humanities Council
Location: Town Hall, Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 w. 57th Street