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Time Travelers
July 9, 2015

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time TravelersWhere living history comes to life with our family-oriented Time Travelers program. Farm activities may include doing the laundry, feeding the chickens, and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, compare a typewriter and a computer, and do a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse. You might make a craft, tour the jail, and top it all off with hand churned ice cream. Our volunteers and staff in 1920s attire will welcome your help! The day’s program includes a guided tour of our 1920s farmhouse. This program runs throughout the summer see our Time Travelers brochure for a complete list off the activities this summer!


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.

FREE no museum admission charged from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Bousman Barber Shop, Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th Street


Time Travelers
July 11, 2015

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time TravelersWhere living history comes to life with our family-oriented Time Travelers program. Farm activities may include doing the laundry, feeding the chickens, and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, compare a typewriter and a computer, and do a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse. You might make a craft, tour the jail, and top it all off with hand churned ice cream. Our volunteers and staff in 1920s attire will welcome your help! The day’s program includes a guided tour of our 1920s farmhouse. This program runs throughout the summer see our Time Travelers brochure for a complete list off the activities this summer!


Time Travelers
July 16, 2015

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time TravelersWhere living history comes to life with our family-oriented Time Travelers program. Farm activities may include doing the laundry, feeding the chickens, and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, compare a typewriter and a computer, and do a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse. You might make a craft, tour the jail, and top it all off with hand churned ice cream. Our volunteers and staff in 1920s attire will welcome your help! The day’s program includes a guided tour of our 1920s farmhouse. This program runs throughout the summer see our Time Travelers brochure for a complete list off the activities this summer!


Game Night for Families
July 16, 2015

06:30 pm to 08:00 pm


Game Night for Families
What better way to spend a family night out together than playing outdoor games on Shawnee Town’s green and Bandstand. We’ll have croquet set up, along with checkers and all sorts of fun activities that were the highlight of summer in 1920s Shawnee. Light refreshments provided.

Location: On the green, Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th Street


Ladies’ Catalogue Shopping in the Roaring Twenties
July 18, 2015

10:00 am to 11:30 am


Ladies’ Catalogue Shopping in the Roaring Twenties
We’re not the only ones to sit back and relax with a cool glass of ice tea or coffee and a catalogue or two. Join Mary Schmidt and Sherry Winkinhofer who have made a pastime of collecting vintage clothing and jewelry from the 1920s. We will have period catalogues for you to peruse as well as an exhibit of the personal collections of our two presenters. In addition, they will fill us in on the fashion of the times and answer your questions.

Location: Town Hall, Shawnee Town 1929, 11600 Johnson Drive


Time Travelers
July 18, 2015

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time TravelersWhere living history comes to life with our family-oriented Time Travelers program. Farm activities may include doing the laundry, feeding the chickens, and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, compare a typewriter and a computer, and do a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse. You might make a craft, tour the jail, and top it all off with hand churned ice cream. Our volunteers and staff in 1920s attire will welcome your help! The day’s program includes a guided tour of our 1920s farmhouse. This program runs throughout the summer see our Time Travelers brochure for a complete list off the activities this summer!


Time Travelers
July 23, 2015

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time TravelersWhere living history comes to life with our family-oriented Time Travelers program. Farm activities may include doing the laundry, feeding the chickens, and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, compare a typewriter and a computer, and do a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse. You might make a craft, tour the jail, and top it all off with hand churned ice cream. Our volunteers and staff in 1920s attire will welcome your help! The day’s program includes a guided tour of our 1920s farmhouse. This program runs throughout the summer see our Time Travelers brochure for a complete list off the activities this summer!


Jammin’ on the Green - Victor and Penny
July 23, 2015

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm


Jammin’ on the Green - Victor and Penny
Victor and Penny are returning this summer and they’re bringing their orchestra, Loose Change, with them. Designated as one of the official showcase artists for this year’s Folk Alliance International, their “antique pop” sound is a Shawnee Town favorite. Watch or dance alongside the artists of the dance group, 267 Stomp as they periodically take the floor and jive! Light refreshments provided.

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


Shave and a Hair Cut, Two Bits
July 25, 2015

10:00 am to 11:30 am


Shave and a Hair Cut, Two BitsCome and witness shaving at its finest – with a straight edge razor and two professional barbers, Byron Smith and one of his colleagues, from Metro Barber College. Take a spin in Shawnee Town’s original 1920s barber chairs and listen to the awarding winning barbershop quartet, the Armchair Chorderbacks.

Location: Bousman Barber Shop, Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th Street


Time Travelers
July 25, 2015

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time TravelersWhere living history comes to life with our family-oriented Time Travelers program. Farm activities may include doing the laundry, feeding the chickens, and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, compare a typewriter and a computer, and do a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse. You might make a craft, tour the jail, and top it all off with hand churned ice cream. Our volunteers and staff in 1920s attire will welcome your help! The day’s program includes a guided tour of our 1920s farmhouse. This program runs throughout the summer see our Time Travelers brochure for a complete list off the activities this summer!


Time Travelers
July 30, 2015

10:00 am to 02:45 pm


Time TravelersWhere living history comes to life with our family-oriented Time Travelers program. Farm activities may include doing the laundry, feeding the chickens, and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, compare a typewriter and a computer, and do a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse. You might make a craft, tour the jail, and top it all off with hand churned ice cream. Our volunteers and staff in 1920s attire will welcome your help! The day’s program includes a guided tour of our 1920s farmhouse. This program runs throughout the summer see our Time Travelers brochure for a complete list off the activities this summer!


Time Travelers
August 1, 2015

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time TravelersWhere living history comes to life with our family-oriented Time Travelers program. Farm activities may include doing the laundry, feeding the chickens, and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, compare a typewriter and a computer, and do a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse. You might make a craft, tour the jail, and top it all off with hand churned ice cream. Our volunteers and staff in 1920s attire will welcome your help! The day’s program includes a guided tour of our 1920s farmhouse. This program runs throughout the summer see our Time Travelers brochure for a complete list off the activities this summer!


Time Travelers
August 6, 2015

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time TravelersWhere living history comes to life with our family-oriented Time Travelers program. Farm activities may include doing the laundry, feeding the chickens, and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, compare a typewriter and a computer, and do a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse. You might make a craft, tour the jail, and top it all off with hand churned ice cream. Our volunteers and staff in 1920s attire will welcome your help! The day’s program includes a guided tour of our 1920s farmhouse. This program runs throughout the summer see our Time Travelers brochure for a complete list off the activities this summer!


Time Travelers
August 8, 2015

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time TravelersWhere living history comes to life with our family-oriented Time Travelers program. Farm activities may include doing the laundry, feeding the chickens, and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, compare a typewriter and a computer, and do a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse. You might make a craft, tour the jail, and top it all off with hand churned ice cream. Our volunteers and staff in 1920s attire will welcome your help! The day’s program includes a guided tour of our 1920s farmhouse. This program runs throughout the summer see our Time Travelers brochure for a complete list off the activities this summer!


Ice Cream Social courtesy of the Friends of Shawnee Town
August 8, 2015

02:00 pm to 03:30 pm


Ice Cream Social courtesy of the Friends of Shawnee Town
The Friends of Shawnee Town request your presence at an old fashioned ice cream social – treats on them! Churn of the Century Ice Cream will be churning homemade ice cream with their 1922 Stover hit and miss engine while Anchovy Fishermen play country-folk music. Who knows, special guest, Charlie Chaplin, will probably be up to some of his old antics! Watch that ice cream cone!

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



Time Travelers
August 13, 2015

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time TravelersWhere living history comes to life with our family-oriented Time Travelers program. Farm activities may include doing the laundry, feeding the chickens, and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, compare a typewriter and a computer, and do a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse. You might make a craft, tour the jail, and top it all off with hand churned ice cream. Our volunteers and staff in 1920s attire will welcome your help! The day’s program includes a guided tour of our 1920s farmhouse. This program runs throughout the summer see our Time Travelers brochure for a complete list off the activities this summer!


Time Travelers
August 15, 2015

10:00 am to 03:00 pm


Time TravelersWhere living history comes to life with our family-oriented Time Travelers program. Farm activities may include doing the laundry, feeding the chickens, and gardening. Learn about getting a shave, compare a typewriter and a computer, and do a lesson in our one-room schoolhouse. You might make a craft, tour the jail, and top it all off with hand churned ice cream. Our volunteers and staff in 1920s attire will welcome your help! The day’s program includes a guided tour of our 1920s farmhouse. This program runs throughout the summer see our Time Travelers brochure for a complete list off the activities this summer!


The Speakeasy Society: The Jazz Age Exposed
August 26, 2015

07:00 pm


The Speakeasy Society: The Jazz Age ExposedPuttin’ on the Ritz: Fashion in the 1920’s. 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.


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 - Soda Fountains of KansasSpeaker Series - Soda Fountains of Kansas
August 11, 2015

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

Sponsored by: Friends of Shawnee Town and the Kansas Humanities Council
Location: Town Hall, Shawnee Town 1929, 11600 Johnson Drive



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