History on Tap

Our popular History on Tap series returns in 2022 with new featured guest speakers, local brews, and even more dates! Join us in the Museum’s Town Hall for a complimentary beverage and new engaging history conversation every month, located at 11600 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS 66203.


“After the Big Parade: World War I Veterans Return Home” 
Wednesday, February 9, 2022  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Sponsored by Transport Brewery - https://www.transportbrewery.com/

Our season kicks off with crowd favorite Dr. Richard Faulkner, Professor of History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, as he examines the efforts to reintegrate the World War I veterans back into American society from 1919 to 1936. He will explore the government’s role in veteran’s affairs, the activities of organizations such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in advocating for veteran’s rights, and the challenges that the doughboy’s faced during the early years of the Great Depression. Tickets for the program are $5.00 or free to Friends of Shawnee Town members, and includes a complimentary beverage from our evening’s featured brewery: Transport Brewing, located just down the street! Visitors will also get the chance to tour 1920's automobiles, displayed courtesy of our friends at the Plain Ole A’s Model A Ford Club. Space is limited, please visit https://recreateshawnee.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=ar&primarycode=195203 or call (913) 248-2360 to reserve your seats.

“After Winning the Vote: A Conversation with Suffragists” Wednesday, March 23, 2022  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Sponsored by Servaes Brewing Company - https://www.servaesbrewco.com/

Join us for a special History on Tap featuring an appearance by two women suffragists! After their victory in securing the 19th Amendment in 1920, how did the women advocates continue their work? We’ll get to hear from the iconic Ida Wells-Barnett and a founding member of the League of Women Voters about their different paths in the 1920s, as Wells-Barnett continued her fight for African-American civil rights and the League of Women Voters worked to advocate for women’s issues and other causes. We’re also thrilled to welcome back the modern-day League of Women Voters of Johnson County, who will share information on the history of their organization and the work they do today.- https://lwvjoco.org/  Tickets for the program are $5.00 or free to Friends of Shawnee Town members, and includes a complimentary beverage from our evening’s featured brewery! Visitors will also get the chance to tour 1920's automobiles, displayed courtesy of our friends at the Plain Ole A’s Model A Ford Club. Space is limited, please visit  https://recreateshawnee.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=ar&primarycode=195203 or call (913) 248-2360 to reserve your seats.

 

“Invisible Lines: Real Estate and Redlining in Kansas City”  Wednesday, April 20, 2022  7:00 pm8:30 pm
Join us for an evening with Johnson County Museum’s curator Andrew R. Gustafson as he shares the compelling story of their latest exhibit on the rise of Kansas City’s suburbanization and segregation through a system called “redlining.”  The exhibit, which runs January 29, 2022 through January 2023, explores the deeply entrenched system and how it continues to impact our community, and Gustafson will explore the making of the exhibit along with the exciting community partnerships and programs they have developed. https://www.jcprd.com/330/Museum  Tickets for the program are $5.00
and includes a complimentary beverage from our evening’s featured brewery! Visitors will also get the chance to tour 1920's automobiles, displayed courtesy of our friends at the Plain Ole A’s Model A Ford Club. Space is limited, please visit  https://recreateshawnee.org/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/search.html?module=ar&primarycode=195203 or call (913) 248-2360 to reserve your seats. The event will be held in the Museum’s Town Hall, located at 11600 Johnson Dr, Shawnee, Kansas 66203.

“The Harlem Renaissance"  Wednesday, September 28, 2022  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
“The Harlem Renaissance” is part of Humanities Kansas's Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement. We thank them for sponsoring tonight’s event.

Our History on Tap series returns this fall with musician and historian Lem Sheppard of Humanities Kansas, who takes us into the booming, experimental period in American history known as the Harlem Renaissance! This iconic movement exposed the world to the arts and culture of African Americans, but it was also a time of struggle for civil rights and social equality. Using jazz, blues, spirituals, and poetry, Sheppard’s presentation spans the 1920's and explores the contributions of Kansas artists involved in this unique moment. Tickets for the program are $5.00 and includes a complimentary beverage from our evening’s featured brewery! Visitors will also get the chance to tour 1920's automobiles, displayed courtesy of our friends at the Plain Ole A’s Model A Ford Club. Space is limited, please check back for the ticket link or call (913) 248-2360 to reserve your seats.


“Tutmania! 100 Years and Counting” Wednesday, December 7, 2022  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Our 2022 History on Tap Series wraps with an absolute icon – King Tut! Since the first steps of King Tutankhamun’s tomb were uncovered in November 1922, the world has been obsessed by the life and possessions of the Boy King. The wave of Egyptomania that hit the US in the 1920s ushered in another Egyptian Revival, sometimes called “Tutmania,” that influenced art, architecture, fashion, and design as well as enhanced our understanding of ancient Egypt. Join Egyptologist Stacy Davidson on a journey through the life and times of King Tutankhamun, the excavation of his tomb, and the enduring legacy of his impact on our arts and pop culture. Tickets for the program are $5.00 and includes a complimentary beverage from our evening’s featured brewery! Visitors will also get the chance to tour 1920's automobiles, displayed courtesy of our friends at the Plain Ole A’s Model A Ford Club. Space is limited, please check back for the ticket link or call (913) 248-2360 to reserve your seats.

About the Speaker: Egyptologist Stacy Davidson teaches credit and non-credit courses at Johnson County Community College where she has developed and taught over 30 distinct courses on Egyptology and the Ancient World. She is the 2021 Adjunct Faculty Lieberman Teaching Excellence Award winner as well as a JCCC College Scholar for her work on Dark Egypt: Negative Connotations of Egypt in 19th Century American Thought. She is the co-founder and first President of the Missouri Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE-MO) and the founder and Team Lead of the Egyptology State of the Field Project which is the first demographic, educational, and occupational study of Egyptologists in the United States. She is currently conducting research for a 2020-2021 Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowship project titled “We are for Egypt” which illuminates the history, culture, and distinct identity of the region of Illinois known as “Egypt” or “Little Egypt.” www.scribespalette.wordpress.com