Archive for Thursday, July 7, 2016

Johnson County Museum receives $10,000 exhibit grant

July 7, 2016

The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) recently awarded the Johnson County Museum Foundation a $10,000 grant for the “Becoming Johnson County” exhibition.

The museum is creating all-new exhibitions for its move from its current Shawnee facility to the former King Louie West Bowling Center and Ice Chateau, 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park. The King Louie is being renovated into the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. The museum will close it's Shawnee facility in September; it is scheduled to open in the new facility May 2017.

The “Becoming Johnson County” exhibit will tell the story of the area’s history and development through four large humanities themes: land, policy, regionalism and individual impact. The museum’s popular historic house museum, the 1950s All-Electric House, will be the centerpiece of the new exhibit gallery. In approximately 10,000 square feet of space, more than 400 objects and over 500 photographs from the museum collections will challenge visitors to explore the impact of decisions made in the past and how they affect the future.

Tactile, interactive stations will spark and reinforce learning as well as add some fun for visitors of all ages, with the goal of instilling in visitors a stronger sense of place and connecting our visitors with the ideas, people, and events that have influenced how Johnson County has grown over the past 200 years.

To learn more about the museum and this project, visit the Foundation’s website at

In addition to the museum, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center will have space for exhibitions, education programming, collection storage, a workshop, offices, and research functions. The facility will be managed by the Johnson County Park & Recreation District, and will have space available for The Theatre in the Park and community theatre productions, fine arts programming, special events, and meetings.


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