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Attention history buffs: A look at upcoming Shawnee Town 1929 events this winter

February 14, 2018

From dancing to mystery novels to flapper fashion, there’s a variety of exciting events coming up via Old Shawnee Town 1929 in the next few months.

Here’s a look:

Mystery Book Club

The 1920s were known for great literature and mystery mayhem.

As the Book Club enters its third year, it is focusing on Agatha Christie and some of the other great mystery writers of the 1920s and beyond.

The mystery for the month of February is “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” by Christie and it introduces Hercule Poirot to all avid mystery readers.

The 1920s Mystery Book Club, co-sponsored by Johnson County Library, is a recurring program on the third Saturday of every month from February to November.

The next meeting is 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Shawnee Library, 13811 Johnson Drive.

The event is free, but organizers want you to RSVP: 913-248-2360.

Paris of the Plains

Kansas City in 1920s Dance with the Grand Marquis Band

“If you want to see some sin, forget about Paris and go to Kansas City,” stated Edward Morrow about Kansas City in its heyday.

The 1920s was a wild and wily time in our town, with gambling joints, jazz, brothels, bootleg hooch and just about every type of corruption and vice you could think of.

You’re invited to experience the glamour of the infamous decade at “Paris of the Plains,” a dance from 8-11 p.m. Saturday at Town Hall, 11600 Johnson Drive.

Dance demos and lessons will be held from 7-8 p.m.

Come as your favorite gangster, femme fatale, or bootlegger.

Alan Akers will teach you to Tango, along with other popular 1920s dance steps.

There will be light 1920s style hors d’oeuvres catered by Ridgway Catering and a cash bar with a special Prohibition cocktail and other libations.

Shawnee Town is excited and honored to have on display and available for purchase photographs by Orval Hixon.

Hixon photographed hundreds of rising stars of vaudeville, stage and early film from 1915-30 in his Kansas City studio.

From Al Jolson and Buddy Rogers, to Fanny Brice and Joan Crawford, all posed for Hixon.

There will be a selection of these and many other unique prints available to purchase.

Tickets are $35/single, $40/couple, Friends of Shawnee Town members are $30/single, $35/couple

Reservations are required.

To purchase tickets and for more information, phone 913-248-2360.

Storytelling workshop available for teachers in KC metro area

Tell your favorite elementary or middle school teacher about this free all day workshop for Social Studies and English Language Arts teachers.

They will learn how to make history come alive and make writing and speaking more fun by incorporating storytelling into their curriculum.

This workshop is funded through the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and Shawnee Town 1929.

The workshop will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Town Hall, 11600 Johnson Drive.

It is free with lunch included, but reservations are a must.

Phone 913-248-2360 or go online to and click on the Shawnee Town 1929 tab.

This event is funded through the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area and Shawnee Town 1929.

Flapper Fancies: Downton Abbey wardrobe options for the Fashionable 1920s Lady

Last year’s One Hour Dress Making class was a huge success and participants want more.

Shawnee Town 1929 is offering two more classes in 2018.

Make an apron, flapper headband, hat, cape, chemise or slip from Downton Abbey patterns.

The first session will take place from 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 10 at Town Hall, which is at 11600 Johnson Drive.

The second session will take place 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 17 in the same location.

The class fee is $10 and registration is required by calling 913-248-2360.

Visit Etsy at eVintagepatterns to purchase the pattern of your choice or browse available patterns at Shawnee Town.

The instructor will guide participants through creating their own personal selection and using 1920s patterns.

Prior sewing experience is a must.

Participants will purchase their own fabric and sundries before class meets.


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