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Leap Year Dance featuring Grand Marquis & 627 Stomp
February 27, 2016

07:00 pm to 11:00 pm


Leap Year Dance featuring Grand Marquis & 627 StompThere’s an extra day on the calendar this year! For hundreds of years, leap year has been THE year that the ladies propose to the gentlemen. They’re given 366 days to pop the question to the love of their life. No matter who asks who, come and celebrate at Shawnee Town’s Leap Year Dance benefitting the Museum’s activities and programs. Waltz or twirl the night away while benefitting Shawnee Town’s educational programs at the same time. Doors open at 7pm and dancers from 627 Stomp will provide basic dance instruction if you feel a bit rusty, followed by 3 hours of music by the Grand Marquis.
There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Reservations required, $15/single, $25/couple.
Friends of Shawnee Town, $10 single, $20 couple.
Call us today at 913-248-2360, to reserve your spot on the dance floor!



New Volunteer Open House
March 7, 2016

06:00 pm to 08:00 pm


New Volunteer Open HouseVisit us and find out about all of the wonderful, diverse volunteer opportunities we have to offer. There’s something for everyone! Free and open to all interested in volunteering for Shawnee Town. Light refreshments provided. Free and open to the public.


Speakeasy Society program - Scandals of the 1920s
March 9, 2016

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm


Speakeasy Society program - Scandals of the 1920sThe 1920s was rife with scandals. Don your 20s glad rags, hear about a few of the most notorious scandals of the time, and sample prohibition cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a cash bar. It will definitely be a hot time in the ol’ town tonight! Free and open to the public. “Password” required – phone (913) 248-2360 for reservations.


National Museum Day
March 12, 2016

10:00 am to 02:00 pm


National Museum DayThis year museums across the country will open their doors for free to every visitor. In honor of National Women’s History Month the Smithsonian is asking museums to particularly encourage women and girls of color to join in the fun.

We’ll cook on a wood-burning stove in the 1920s farmhouse, hear a storyteller relate tales from other lands, learn (and see!) everything the fashionable ladies of the 1920s wore, and participate in games and crafts. Free admission to all visitors today. Please call the museum for more information, 913-248-2360.


1920s Mystery Book Club at the Farmhouse
March 19, 2016

10:00 am to 11:30 am


1920s Mystery Book Club at the FarmhouseRecurring program on the third Saturday of every month from March - October
The 1920s is known as the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction. Some of the most illustrious mystery writers of all time penned their eerie tales during the decade - Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, S. S. Van Dine, Dashiell Hammett and Earl Derr Biggers – to name just a few. Participants will read a designated mystery each month and discuss it in the “front room” of Shawnee Town’s 1920s farmhouse. Coffee prepared on the kitchen’s wood-burning stove and light refreshments will be served in the farmhouse kitchen. Melody Kazmi with the Johnson County Library will facilitate each month’s discussion. Books may be borrowed from the Johnson County Library or purchased on one’s own. Free and open to the public. Sign up early by by calling 913-248-2360! Seating is very limited in the farmhouse. This event is co-sponsored with the Johnson County Library.


Hat Designing in the 1920s - Class
April 9, 2016

10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Hat Designing in the 1920s - ClassIn the 1920s fashionable cloche hats hugged the wearer’s head. It’s no wonder that the popular hair style of the day was the bob – a blunt cut level with the bottom of the ear. In this class, you will be provided with a finished handmade cloche hat and a variety of different trimmings to style your hat on site. You’ll leave wearing your new creation!
Class fee is $15 per student, all supplies included in class fee. Registration is required, please call 913-248-2360 to get registered today!


The Funnies 1929-1930
April 14, 2016

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Philip Feil

The Funnies 1929-1930A precursor of the comic book, “The Funnies” ran for only 36 weeks from 1929 – 1930 and offered its readers 16 pages of original comic strips. While comics existed for quite some time, “The Funnies” had all the strips in one handy magazine for only a nickel. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon on the front porch with your favorite characters! Light refreshments provided. Free and open to the public.


1920s Mystery Book Club at the Farmhouse
April 16, 2016

10:00 am to 11:30 am


1920s Mystery Book Club at the FarmhouseRecurring program on the third Saturday of every month from March - October
The 1920s is known as the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction. Some of the most illustrious mystery writers of all time penned their eerie tales during the decade - Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, S. S. Van Dine, Dashiell Hammett and Earl Derr Biggers – to name just a few. Participants will read a designated mystery each month and discuss it in the “front room” of Shawnee Town’s 1920s farmhouse. Coffee prepared on the kitchen’s wood-burning stove and light refreshments will be served in the farmhouse kitchen. Melody Kazmi with the Johnson County Library will facilitate each month’s discussion. Books may be borrowed from the Johnson County Library or purchased on one’s own. Free and open to the public. Sign up early by by calling 913-248-2360! Seating is very limited in the farmhouse. This event is co-sponsored with the Johnson County Library.


Model A Car Cruise & Children's Pedal Cars
May 7, 2016

01:00 pm to 04:00 pm


Model A Car Cruise & Children's Pedal CarsThis will be a day for car enthusiasts – big and small! The Northwest Missouri Ford Model A Car Club will have their prized Model A’s on hand for a cruise around museum grounds. Along with mid-twentieth century pedal cars from the private collection of Joe Moncado, they will be on museum grounds with their owners for 3 hours. There will be a raffle for rides in the Model A’s. Light refreshments provided. Free with regular museum admission, $3 for adults, $1 for children, free for children under 5 years.


Spring Harvest Homes Suppers - Speaker & Potluck
May 12, 2016

06:30 pm to 08:00 pm


Spring Harvest Homes Suppers - Speaker & PotluckWhat’s a Spring harvest in Shawnee’s neck of the woods? What about the rest of Kansas? Bring a dish to share from your own family’s cookbook and enjoy learning about typical harvest mealtime traditions. We’ll eat first and then listen to a short presentation by Roy Bird, author, historian and former director of the Kansas Center for the Book at Kansas State Library. Bring your recipe and we’ll photocopy it for others. Co-sponsored with the Kansas Humanities Council. Free and open to the public.


1920s Mystery Book Club at the Farmhouse
May 21, 2016

10:00 am to 11:30 am


1920s Mystery Book Club at the FarmhouseRecurring program on the third Saturday of every month from March - October
The 1920s is known as the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction. Some of the most illustrious mystery writers of all time penned their eerie tales during the decade - Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, S. S. Van Dine, Dashiell Hammett and Earl Derr Biggers – to name just a few. Participants will read a designated mystery each month and discuss it in the “front room” of Shawnee Town’s 1920s farmhouse. Coffee prepared on the kitchen’s wood-burning stove and light refreshments will be served in the farmhouse kitchen. Melody Kazmi with the Johnson County Library will facilitate each month’s discussion. Books may be borrowed from the Johnson County Library or purchased on one’s own. Free and open to the public. Sign up early by by calling 913-248-2360! Seating is very limited in the farmhouse. This event is co-sponsored with the Johnson County Library.


1920s Music, Movement and Song for Families - Class
June 11, 2016

11:30 am to 12:30 pm


1920s Music, Movement and Song for Families - ClassCome join us for singing, music and movement as we explore some fun 1920s kid’s music taught by Kari Alejandre, owner of The Littlest Birds Music Together. Mrs. Alejandre is a music teacher in Shawnee who focuses on bringing music into homes by doing family music classes. Note: We will hold another 1920's Music, Movement and Song for Families class on July 9th, the content of this class will be different, so feel free to sign up for both. Class fee $5. No minimum age. Please call to register at 913-248-2360.


Farmstead Fried Chicken Dinner with all the Fixin's
June 16, 2016

05:30 pm to 07:00 pm


Farmstead Fried Chicken Dinner with all the Fixin'sCome sit under our big tent and feast yourself on a fried chicken dinner just like Grandma used to make in the 1920s. Last year 65 people attended and not a one left hungry! $10 per person – phone (913) 248-2360 for reservations.


1920s Mystery Book Club at the Farmhouse
June 18, 2016

10:00 am to 11:30 am


1920s Mystery Book Club at the FarmhouseRecurring program on the third Saturday of every month from March - October
The 1920s is known as the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction. Some of the most illustrious mystery writers of all time penned their eerie tales during the decade - Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, S. S. Van Dine, Dashiell Hammett and Earl Derr Biggers – to name just a few. Participants will read a designated mystery each month and discuss it in the “front room” of Shawnee Town’s 1920s farmhouse. Coffee prepared on the kitchen’s wood-burning stove and light refreshments will be served in the farmhouse kitchen. Melody Kazmi with the Johnson County Library will facilitate each month’s discussion. Books may be borrowed from the Johnson County Library or purchased on one’s own. Free and open to the public. Sign up early by by calling 913-248-2360! Seating is very limited in the farmhouse. This event is co-sponsored with the Johnson County Library.


Jammin' on the Green with the Anchovy Fishermen
June 22, 2016

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm


Jammin' on the Green with the Anchovy FishermenThe Anchovy Fishermen are that rare breed of musicians who fit right in at historic preservation sites, arts festivals, farmers’ markets and fish stew – not necessarily in that order! They play 1920s, Hank Williams, Elvis, cowboy and original songs with a few jokes mixed in here and there. Prepare to be entertained! Light refreshments served. Free and open to the public.


1920s Music, Movement and Song for Families - Class
July 9, 2016

11:30 am to 12:30 pm


1920s Music, Movement and Song for Families - ClassCome join us for singing, music and movement as we explore some fun 1920s kid’s music taught by Kari Alejandre, owner of The Littlest Birds Music Together. Mrs. Alejandre is a music teacher in Shawnee who focuses on bringing music into homes by doing family music classes. Note: We held another 1920's Music, Movement and Song for Families class on June 11th, the content of this class will be different, so feel free to sign up for both. Class fee $5. No minimum age. Please call to register at 913-248-2360


1920s Mystery Book Club at the Farmhouse
July 16, 2016

10:00 am to 11:30 am


1920s Mystery Book Club at the FarmhouseRecurring program on the third Saturday of every month from March - October
The 1920s is known as the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction. Some of the most illustrious mystery writers of all time penned their eerie tales during the decade - Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, S. S. Van Dine, Dashiell Hammett and Earl Derr Biggers – to name just a few. Participants will read a designated mystery each month and discuss it in the “front room” of Shawnee Town’s 1920s farmhouse. Coffee prepared on the kitchen’s wood-burning stove and light refreshments will be served in the farmhouse kitchen. Melody Kazmi with the Johnson County Library will facilitate each month’s discussion. Books may be borrowed from the Johnson County Library or purchased on one’s own. Free and open to the public. Sign up early by by calling 913-248-2360! Seating is very limited in the farmhouse. This event is co-sponsored with the Johnson County Library.


1920s Mystery Book Club at the Farmhouse
August 20, 2016

10:00 am to 11:30 am


1920s Mystery Book Club at the FarmhouseRecurring program on the third Saturday of every month from March - October
The 1920s is known as the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction. Some of the most illustrious mystery writers of all time penned their eerie tales during the decade - Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, S. S. Van Dine, Dashiell Hammett and Earl Derr Biggers – to name just a few. Participants will read a designated mystery each month and discuss it in the “front room” of Shawnee Town’s 1920s farmhouse. Coffee prepared on the kitchen’s wood-burning stove and light refreshments will be served in the farmhouse kitchen. Melody Kazmi with the Johnson County Library will facilitate each month’s discussion. Books may be borrowed from the Johnson County Library or purchased on one’s own. Free and open to the public. Sign up early by by calling 913-248-2360! Seating is very limited in the farmhouse. This event is co-sponsored with the Johnson County Library.


1920s Mystery Book Club at the Library!!
September 17, 2016

10:00 am to 11:30 am


1920s Mystery Book Club at the Library!!Recurring program on the third Saturday of every month from March - October
Please note that this month's meeting will be held at the Shawnee branch of the Johnson County Library, 13811 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66216.
The 1920s is known as the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction. Some of the most illustrious mystery writers of all time penned their eerie tales during the decade - Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, S. S. Van Dine, Dashiell Hammett and Earl Derr Biggers – to name just a few. Participants will read a designated mystery each month and discuss it as a group. Melody Kazmi with the Johnson County Library will facilitate each month’s discussion. Books may be borrowed from the Johnson County Library or purchased on one’s own. Free and open to the public. Sign up early by by calling 913-248-2360! Seating is very limited in the farmhouse. This event is co-sponsored with the Johnson County Library.


1920s Mystery Book Club at the Farmhouse
October 15, 2016

10:00 am to 11:30 am


1920s Mystery Book Club at the FarmhouseRecurring program on the third Saturday of every month from March - October
The 1920s is known as the Golden Age of Mystery Fiction. Some of the most illustrious mystery writers of all time penned their eerie tales during the decade - Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, G. K. Chesterton, S. S. Van Dine, Dashiell Hammett and Earl Derr Biggers – to name just a few. Participants will read a designated mystery each month and discuss it in the “front room” of Shawnee Town’s 1920s farmhouse. Coffee prepared on the kitchen’s wood-burning stove and light refreshments will be served in the farmhouse kitchen. Melody Kazmi with the Johnson County Library will facilitate each month’s discussion. Books may be borrowed from the Johnson County Library or purchased on one’s own. Free and open to the public. Sign up early by by calling 913-248-2360! Seating is very limited in the farmhouse. This event is co-sponsored with the Johnson County Library.


Speakeasy Society program - And All That Jazz!
November 9, 2016

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm


Speakeasy Society program - And All That Jazz!A little history, a bow to Kansas City, and of course, a little night music! Free and open to the public. “Password” required, please phone 913-248-2360 for reservations.