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Bird: The Life, Career, and Recordings of Charlie Parker - Chuck Haddix, Director of the Marr Sound Archives & Host, “Fish Fry” KCUR FM
May 13, 2014

07:00 pm


Bird: The Life, Career, and Recordings of Charlie Parker - Chuck Haddix, Director of the Marr Sound Archives & Host, “Fish Fry” KCUR FMA transitional figure in music, Charlie Parker, along with Dizzy Gillespie, created bepop, 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. Haddix’s program will synthesize information from his latest book about Parker’s life and career in Kansas City. Copies of Bird: The Life, Career, and Recordings of Charlie Parker will be available for purchase and autographs.


Bloody Mary Roll-Out Party
June 4, 2014

05:00 pm to 07:00 pm


Bloody Mary Roll-Out Party

Any way you slice it, the annual Bloody Mary Party and Tomato Roll is a fun way to get summer started! Join the Friends of Shawnee Town 1929 for an evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres and surprises. Tickets are $25 for the party. The price includes 2 'tomato' entries in the Tomato Roll. Ask us about family or corporate sponsorships! Don’t miss the chance to win unique prize packages! Call 248-2360 by May 28th to reserve your spot!


Let the Good Times Roll!
June 7, 2014

09:30 am


Let the Good Times Roll!
Don't miss the 7th Annual Friends of Shawnee Town Tomato Roll! It's like a Ducky Derby but with red rubber "tomatoes" that race down Johnson Drive, just before the Old Shawnee Days parade. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place tomatoes and proceeds benefit Shawnee Town Museum.,

Red rubber 'tomatoes' will race down Nieman Road just before the Old Shawnee Days parade in this juicy Shawnee Town 1929 fund raiser. $5=2 tomatoes, $20=10 tomatoes. For more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities call (913) 248-2360.


Heritage Cooking in the Heartland - Mark Molentine, Chef de Cuisine, Children’s Mercy Hospital
June 10, 2014

07:00 pm


Heritage Cooking in the Heartland - Mark Molentine, Chef de Cuisine, Children’s Mercy HospitalChef Mark Alan Mollentine will talk about ethnic cooking in the heartland and have samples for us to taste. If you attended his presentation several years ago, you’ll remember the delicious food we practically “inhaled!” Bring a dish to share that represents your own family’s ethnic heritage along with the recipe and we’ll share stories about our roots. A photograph of the first relative to make this dish and possibly the recipe in his/her own hand would be great! Drop off your recipe several days before the event and the Museum will make copies to share that night.


Celebrating “Great 1920s Kansas Women” at Shawnee Town’s 8th Annual Garden Party
June 21, 2014

10:00 am to 12:00 pm


Celebrating “Great 1920s Kansas Women” at Shawnee Town’s 8th Annual Garden PartyJoin us at Shawnee Town’s 8th Annual Garden Party! This year honors Kansas Women of the 1920s, with a living history portrayal of Amelia Earhart, the first woman aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1928. Hear about Earheart’s exploits over pink lemonade and tea cakes. Also included are musical serenades, hair-styling for little girls and their grown-ups, crafts, games, and more. Once again Johnson County Community College’s Fashion Merchandising Department will display 1920s fashions from their collection. Our gardens will be in full bloom and our farmhouse will be open to tour. Tickets are $10 per person. Children must be at least five years old and accompanied by an adult. Limited seating is available so be sure to book now!


Jammin’ on the Green - Anchovy Fishermen
June 26, 2014

07:00 pm


Jammin’ on the Green - Anchovy FishermenAnchovy Fishermen is a fun, family-friendly country-folk band, who writes their own funny little songs, and loves to play covers ranging from hits from the 1920s and 1930s, to Hank Williams, to the Beatles, to old-time gospel songs.


Jammin’ on the Green - Victor and Penny
July 24, 2014

07:00 pm


Jammin’ on the Green - Victor and PennyBack by popular demand! Playing vintage guitar and ukulele, Victor and Penny will delight you with music and song they call Antique Pop. They bring a fresh twist to music of the early twentieth century. Listen, dance, jive!


Jammin’ on the Green - Grand Marquis
August 28, 2014

07:00 pm


Jammin’ on the Green - Grand Marquis
The Grand Marquis have that classic, timeless 'straight-from-the-Kansas City-speakeasy' sound while injecting a vibrant relevance into their brand of hot swinging jazz & jumping blues. Versatile and buoyant, distinct and refreshing - a rhythm cocktail served by masterful musical mixologists.

Speaker Series

Date: 2nd Tuesday of the Month, April to 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

2014 Speaker Series (pdf)


Foot-stompin’ Ukes - Kansas City UkestersFoot-stompin’ Ukes - Kansas City Ukesters
July 8, 2014

07:00 pm


Toe-tapping, hand-clapping ukulele music by our favorite, home-grown ukulele band returns to Shawnee Town! What more can we say!


Marshall Ensor and Wireless Radio in the 1920s - Larry Woodworth, W0HXS, Manager, Ensor Park & MuseumMarshall Ensor and Wireless Radio in the 1920s - Larry Woodworth, W0HXS, Manager, Ensor Park & Museum
August 12, 2014

07:00 pm


In the 1910s as a boy, Marshall H. Ensor W9BSP, developed a serious interest in radio. He was 16 when he joined that growing bunch everywhere who built simple equipment to listen AND talk using a wireless radio. By 1922 he had acquired a Federal Radio operator’s license. By the late 1920s, Marshall was teaching radio “by radio” in his own home. Come and hear how an Olathe dairy farmer made good!

Marshall Ensor’s home in Olathe is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Register of Historic Kansas Places.


The American Home and the Model A - Sheryl Winkinhofer, Northwest Missouri Model A Ford ClubThe American Home and the Model A - Sheryl Winkinhofer, Northwest Missouri Model A Ford Club
September 9, 2014

07:00 pm


Using popular publications and advertisements along with other historical data of the times, Sheryl Winkinhofer has researched what the American home looked like from the late 20’s to the early 30’s at the zenith of the Model A. She will explore the many options available to the “modern” home owner. Be prepared for a few surprises along the way! We are fortunate once again to have the Northwest Missouri Model A Ford Club with us who will bring their cars to the event. Come and win a free ride in one of these beautifully restored vehicles!


Voices in Bronze and Stone: Kansas City’s World War I Monuments & Memorials - James J. Heiman, Educator and AuthorVoices in Bronze and Stone: Kansas City’s World War I Monuments & Memorials - James J. Heiman, Educator and Author
October 14, 2014

07:00 pm


Author and professor, Dr. James J. Heiman will provide us with a first-hand account of Kansas City’s experience of World War I – from eye-witness reports on the home front to the stirring stories of heroism on the battlefield. Through his descriptions and information about the 19 different World War I memorials built in the late 1910s and 1920s throughout Kansas City, he will give voice to the men and women who built and dedicated the monuments and the 440 men and one woman whose stories the monuments commemorate. Copies of Voices in Bronze and Stone: Kansas City’s World War I Monuments and Memorials will be available for sale and autographs.