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Time Travelers, Saturdays in July

Time TravelersHave you ever wanted to travel back in time and pretend you lived long ago? Well now’s your chance! Come spend a Saturday morning at the Shawnee Town museum experiencing life in 1920s Shawnee which was the center of the truck farming economy. Come help us plant and harvest 1920s heirloom crops. Do laundry with a washboard and hang it on the line to dry. Churn ice cream and taste the goodness of your hard work. Meet Romeo and the ladies in our chicken coop. Listen to some of that ol’ time music and have yourself a picnic on the grounds. Mail a postcard with postage “on us” telling friends and family about your good time. Every Saturday brings surprises. You never know what you’ll find happening in Shawnee Town 1929.

Saturday, July 6, 13, 20, and 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Shawnee Town 1929
11501 W. 57th Street, Shawnee, KS

For more information, including admission rates, visit the Shawnee Town website.

Time Travelers, June 15 or 29

Time TravelersHave you ever wanted to travel back in time and pretend you lived long ago? Well now’s your chance! Come spend a Saturday morning at the Shawnee Town museum experiencing life in 1920s Shawnee which was the center of the truck farming economy. Come help us plant and harvest 1920s heirloom crops. Do laundry with a washboard and hang it on the line to dry. Churn ice cream and taste the goodness of your hard work. Meet Romeo and the ladies in our chicken coop. Listen to some of that ol’ time music and have yourself a picnic on the grounds. Mail a postcard with postage “on us” telling friends and family about your good time. Every Saturday brings surprises. You never know what you’ll find happening in Shawnee Town 1929.

Saturday, June 15 or 29, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Shawnee Town 1929
11501 W. 57th Street, Shawnee, KS

For more information, including admission rates, visit the Shawnee Town website.

Old Shawnee Days, June 6 – 9

Old Shawnee Days at Shawnee TownHave you ever been to Old Shawnee Days? Visit Romeo and the ladies in Shawnee Town’s chicken coop, plant seeds in the garden, do laundry on a washboard, design your own building for our make-believe town, play games in the schoolhouse, and design your own family tree. Did you meet Nymphadora, the cow, last year. If you haven’t you’re in for a world of fun! We hope to see you there!Kids can print out a “Ticket to Fun” that features 12 kid-friendly Old Shawnee Days activities. When they complete 5 of the activities they can bring the ticket to Shawnee Town’s Visitor’s Center for a free gift!

  • Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Carnival, Music & Limited Concessions)
    Wristband prices are $10 for age 6 and under and $20 for all other ages.
  • Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 10:00 a.m. parade, festival 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m .
  • Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For more information, visit the Old Shawnee Days website.

You might be able to pick up a requirement or two for Our Heritage, but really, this is just good clean fun!

Box City: A Year-Round Program for Youth and Scout Groups

A year-round program for Youth & Scout Groups. Box City is a fun way for youth groups and scouts to learn about communities, why we live in them, and the interrelationships among citizens. It’s a unique way to educate participants about city planning and participation in community using math, social studies and geography in a fun, highly interactive environment.

Geared toward 4th and 5th grade students, Box City provides a hands-on approach to community and an understanding of community development. The Facilitator will introduce Box City and discuss town planning and development, various aspects of community and interrelationships among citizens. Participants will select their town’s time period (for example: 100 years ago or the present) and location (near a river, mountain, etc.). The group will brainstorm about the different town occupations with the assistance of the Facilitator and select which ones are best suited for their town. Participants will design their box to suit the function of the assigned occupation or business and place their buildings on their town map. They will discuss what they wish to name their town and make a final choice.

Participants will learn and discuss: how towns get started and grow, the role geography plays in the physical settings of towns, how people and businesses interrelate in a community, town planning and different types of town plans, the relevance of building placement within a town, the use of standard and non-standard units of measurement, and mapping.

This could be a hands-on way to extend what Explorers have learned in the Citizenship & Government badge. For more information, visit the Shawnee Town website.

Become a Shawnee Town 1929 Volunteer and “Experience History!”

Volunteer opportunities abound at Shawnee Town 1929! We need help with everything from living history program participants to people assisting with special events set-up. Volunteers not only help us fulfill our educational mission at the museum, but while doing so–gain a deep sense of satisfaction and self-fulfillment in the process.

——Programs and Projects——

1920s Living History Program: Shawnee Town is looking for qualified volunteers who can share their knowledge and passion for history with visitors of all ages! Volunteers are needed for living history programs (Time Traveler Saturdays), school programs, and general guided tours. Our volunteers are the key points of contact with museum visitors, and are responsible for educating our general public on what life was like in the 1920s. This position is responsible for telling the story of the people who lived and worked in 1920s Shawnee, its connection to the Midwest farm economy, and its relationship to Kansas City. The reconstructed town and farm at Shawnee Town are currently being developed, and interpretive programs are being built which bring these places to life. Interpreters can be involved with historic farming and domestic programs, working in a recreated “downtown” business, working with grades K – 8 school programs, and special event programs. The program will grow constantly during the next 5 – 10 years.

Historic Collections Assistants: Volunteers are needed to clean and treat historic artifacts in preparation for use in the living history program or exhibits, as well as enter data into our computerized artifact management system.  We also need help with conducting research on artifacts, local historical people, families and businesses from the 1920’s.

Artifact/Graphic Design work: We are currently replicating labels and creating new ones for our reproduced artifacts. Some of these artifacts number in the hundreds, as in the case of our grocery store and dry goods store. Graphic designers are needed to help us with each label replication and construction.

Stitch-in-Time Sewing Circle: Can you sew well and do you have an interest in historic clothing? Volunteers help sew early 20th century period clothing for museum’s historical interpreters who recreate Shawnee farm and town life.

Speaker Series Host: The Speaker Series is the second Tuesday of the month, April through October; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is perfect for friendly, organized volunteers interested in history and education. Hosts help with setting up, welcoming guests, and clean-up during historical speaker series evenings when experts talk on historical subjects.

If you would like more information, or to set up a meeting with our Volunteer Coordinator, Heather Gilpin, please call us at 913-248-2360 or email Heather directly at hgilpin@cityofshawnee.org