Scouts and Clubs

Calling all Scouts, 4-H, Camp Fire, Boys and Girls Clubs and other youth groups!

Come partner with Shawnee Town 1929’s education staff to help your troop complete badges, hold activities and programs, and utilize our historic buildings and artifacts. Our museum site is the perfect backdrop for a variety of history, scholarship, and citizenship-related programming. Our collaboration can range from one day to year-long. The sky is the limit here at Shawnee Town, so bring us your ideas!

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Some past Scouts and Clubs collaborative activities utilizing our museum and staff have included Eagle Scout projects, citizenship badges, architecture badges, landscaping, needle pointing, community service hours, Shawnee Town’s immigration program, and cooking in our historic Hart-Decaeny Farmhouse.​

2020 Girl Scout Partnership - Join Us!
Shawnee Town 1929 Museum is excited to share our year-long partnership with local Girl Scouts (elementary through high school) and Johnson County's League of Women Voters throughout 2020. All three organizations are working together to celebrate and promote awareness of the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage through various activities, events, and public programs. Any Girl Scout (of any troop level) is welcome to participate with us in one or all events. Please note October 11th event is specifically for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors to earn the Citizen Badge. For the August 19th and 26th events, Shawnee Town is asking for volunteer Girl Scouts (individuals and troops welcome) to do various tasks (raise colors, pass out women's suffrage/19th amendment information, distribute buttons, serve drinks, etc.) All volunteer Girl Scouts at these events will receive a Shawnee Town patch.

A very generous woman in the community donated $5,000 to Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, Inc. to award five $1,000 grants to organizations this year. We are the fortunate recipients of one of those five grant for our "Votes for Women" activities this year! Thank you!

  • HINT - check various badge requirements for details at your level - you can get creative and use certain Shawnee Town Votes for Women! activities to help you independently earn other badges!
  • For registration or additional information on any of our Votes for Women! events, please see reservations below.
  • All events are held at either Shawnee Town 1929 Museum at 11501 W. 57th St. or at the neighboring Museum Town Hall at 11600 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS 66203.

Sunday, March 8 – Girl Scout Tea with the League of Women Voters                                        
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. $5 per person. @ Museum Town Hall.

Girl Scouts of all ages, family members, troop leaders and assistants, and the Johnson County League of Women Voters are invited to attend Shawnee Town’s first official Votes for Women event of the year – catered tea with a unique Girl Scout “twist.” A member of the League of Women Voters will talk about how their organization arose from the Women’s Suffrage movement.  Amanda Burkhart, Lead Educator with the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, will share about the awesome energy, camaraderie, and good that derived from nineteenth and early twentieth century girls and women clubs.  We’ll conclude by designing and making Votes for Women sashes to wear.  Activities and presentations are specifically designed for all Girl Scouts levels.   In order to maximize the number of Girl Scouts who can attend, family members attending are limited to one per Scout.  Troops may attend as a group and tables (seating 8) may be reserved.  Space is limited!  Register early.

Wednesday, May 13 – History on Tap presents Votes for Women! The Long Road to   Women’s Suffrage in Kansas     7:00 – 8:30 p.m., $5 per person. @ Museum Town Hall                                                           
Girl Scout Leaders and Volunteers (Adults-Only) meet-up at this event. No Girl Scout participation, though girls are welcome to attend as any other public guest.

Kansas was historically a leader in women’s rights, being just the eighth state to grant female suffrage.  Yet the campaign for voting rights in Kansas required more than half a century of determined effort, as women suffered discouraging setbacks in three different statewide initiatives.  How did they ultimately persuade an all-male electorate to grant them their rights?  What did their long ordeal teach them about perseverance and politics?  This presentation will explore the courageous individuals who took on the powerful interests opposed to electoral reform and discover other firsts that Kansas women achieved on the road to full suffrage.  Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart will talk about the leading role Kansas played in the long road to the passage of the 19th amendment.  This presentation is funded by Humanities Kansas.

We have a special treat this evening, unique to the 19th amendment centennial celebration scene in the Kansas City.  Besides, bringing several of their local brews, Shawnee’s own Servais Brewery is creating a special Women’s Suffrage beer specifically for History on Tap.  Be the first to taste Seneca Falls!  Owned and operated entirely by women, Servais is the perfect brewery to celebrate women earning the right to vote.

Wednesday, August 19 – Notable and Notorious People of the Twenties, Movers and Shakers of Women’s Suffrage on Both Sides of the Fence
7:00 – 9:00 p.m., FREE, @ Museum Town Hall
Volunteer Girl Scouts needed! Please register.

On August 18, 1920, the State of Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote.  One week later, it became law.  Come hear first-person interpreters President Woodrow Wilson, Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt, Ida S. Bell, and Harry T. Burn.  They will recount the amazing roles they played in its passage.  Alice Paul will sew the 36th star on the Woman’s Suffrage banner and hold it aloft as we mark this important anniversary.  Come early to receive your Votes for Women pin, sash, or banner to wave during the presentations from our volunteer Girl Scouts. There will be time to ask questions of our presenters both “in” and “out” of character.

Wednesday, August 26 – Jammin’ on the Green with the Grand Marquis and 100th Anniversary Celebration of women’s right to vote
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. FREE, @ Shawnee Town 1929 Museum
Volunteer Girl Scouts needed! Please register.

This is THE date – the actual date – that Congress passed the 19th amendment 100 years ago!  We will be Jammin’ with the Grand Marquis as we celebrate its passage with Girl Scouts presenting the colors and hoisting the Women’s Suffrage banner, songs, and anniversary cake.  The Grand Marquis will feature songs by Bessie Smith, one of the all-time great female jazz performers of the day.  Come help the community mark this momentous occasion! Girl Scouts can volunteer to present colors, distributing women’s suffrage information, and/or serving cake and drinks.

Sunday, October 11 – Girl Scout Citizen Badge Workshops and Awards
2:00 – 4:00 p.m., $5 per girl (includes the badge for those that complete all steps involved) and adults accompanying troops/girls are free. @ Museum Town Hall

Due to COVID-19 restrictions on occupancy, we are limiting girls to 25 per level (Daisy, Brownie, Junior). Our occupancy at Town Hall cannot exceed 120 people, so please limit your parties' adults to only those necessary so we can have the maximum Girl Scouts in attendance. Thank you!

This has been a year-long process working with the League and Shawnee Town on Votes for Women events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In cooperation with the Johnson County League of Women Voters, Daisy, Brownie, and Junior Girl Scouts will attend level-appropriate workshops towards attaining their Citizen Badges. At the end of the workshops, there will be an awards ceremony for the girls who have completed all five steps.  Refreshments provided.  Space is limited.

NOTE:  With two of these Girl Scout levels, there are five steps required to earn the badge. Shawnee Town is providing the requirements to fulfill three of the five steps. We recommend you complete the others on your own before our workshop.
Daisy - only three requirements, this entire badge will be completed at our event.
Brownie - only requirement steps 1, 2, and 4 will be completed at our event.
Junior - only requirement steps 1, 3, and 4 will be completed at our event.


2020 Boy Scout Partnership - Join Us!

Boy Scouts - Join us for a make-and-take chickadee birdhouse.  In partnership with Wild Birds Unlimited of Shawnee and local Boy Scouts of America. This class is open to non-Boy Scouts as well, any child and family until full. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

     Saturday, May 9
          9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
          $13 per person

Please contact us for more details, see "Reservations" below.

Reservations

Contact Sharron Uhler, Curator of Education, at (913) 248-2360 to learn more about how Shawnee Town can help your troop, schedule a program, or to learn more about the 2020 Girl Scout Partnership. You can also fill out our group visits form below and we will get back with you.

Group Visits