Archive for Thursday, November 26, 2015

Last chance to visit 1950’s All-Electric House in Shawnee this holiday season

November 26, 2015

This year’s “A Very Fifties Christmas” holiday event is the public’s last chance to tour the 1950s All-Electric House at its current home behind the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee.

After Jan. 2, 2016, the 1950s All-Electric House will close in preparation for the museum’s 2017 move to the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park.

Starting Saturday, Nov. 28, “A Very Fifties Christmas” adorns the 1950s All-Electric House in the space-age style of a 1950s holiday. An aluminum tree and color wheel is the central feature and the house is furnished with mid-century modern furnishings dressed up with holiday décor.

“The 1950s post-war technologies, inventive use of materials, and changing lifestyles replaced nostalgia with new modern design elements like clean straight lines, lack of ornament or detail, and bright bold colors and shapes,” said Mindi Love, director of the Johnson County Museum, in a press release. “Many items on display will be very familiar to the baby-boom generation as several of the decorating and gift ideas come directly from the pages of 1950s women’s magazines like Family Circle and Good Housekeeping.”

Tours oover the next month are Monday through Friday and will take place every half hour from 1 - 4 p.m. On Saturdays, tours begin every half hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children 5-12 years. Museum members and children under 5 are free. Group tours may be scheduled by calling 913-715-2570 for advanced reservations on weekday morning tours. For more information, please call the Johnson County Museum at 913-715-2575 or visit the Museum’s website at


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