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Speaker Series - Bird: The Life, Career, and Recordings of Charlie Parker
April 14, 2015

07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Chuck Haddix, Director, Marr Sound Archives & Host, “Fish Fry” on KCUR FM

Speaker Series - Bird: The Life, Career, and Recordings of Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker, along with Dizzy Gillespie, created bebop, 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.

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


Class - Greeting Cards 1920s Style!
April 21, 2015

06:00 pm to 08:00 pm


Class - Greeting Cards 1920s Style!
The American greeting card came into its own in the 1920s after World War I ended German post card use in this country. Art Deco, flappers, short skirts and shorter hair of the times were all reflected on early greetings to loved ones. Learn a little bit about their style and history and then get creative and make 8 cards reflecting these times. Themes will be Mother’s Day, Birthday, and Thinking of You. All supplies will be provided and you’ll leave this class with 8 cards of your own design that are ready for mailing!

Registration required: Class fee $10 per person
Location: Trail Café, Shawnee Town 1929, 11501 W. 57th Street



Home School Day
April 24, 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



Broken Arrow Elementary School - Choir concert
May 5, 2015

11:00 am to 12:00 pm


Broken Arrow Elementary School - Choir concert
This will be the third year that Broken Arrow’s wonderful choir has serenaded the community at Shawnee Town’s Bandstand just like school children would have been doing in Shawnee almost 100 years ago. We’ve made it a “Welcome Spring” tradition!

FREE and open to the public
Location: Bandstand, Shawnee Town 1929 - 11501 W. 57th Street


Class - Join the Ferment!
May 14, 2015

06:00 pm to 08:00 pm


Class - Join the Ferment!
Fermentation is one of the oldest known forms of food preservation in history. It dates back to the earliest civilizations in the Middle East, North Africa and China. Recently the process has been gaining in popularity due to health benefits, increased use in restaurants, and a “do it yourself” foodie culture. Join Chef Bryan Severns and explore this growing trend. Foods on tap for exploration include Sourdough bread, sauerkraut, yogurt, and kimchi, along with why we ferment fruits, vegetables and grains. Hands-on and take home samples!

Registration required: Class fee $10 per person
Location: Town Hall, 11600 Johnson Drive



The Speakeasy Society: The Jazz Age Exposed
May 20, 2015

07:00 pm


The Speakeasy Society: The Jazz Age ExposedAnées Folles: Popular Culture in the Crazy Years. 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.


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

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