History comes alive in the many town buildings which have been recreated in the “Shawnee Town Square” of the 1920s.
Shawnee Town 1929 invites visitors to experience a typical day in and around the farm community of Shawnee, Kansas, in the 1920s through authentic and engaging collections, exhibits, programs and events.
Visitors who come to Shawnee Town 1929 experience a variety of program offerings, from on-site 1920’s living history to lecture programs, and everything in between. History comes alive in the many town buildings which have been recreated in the “Shawnee Town Square” of the 1920’s. The long-range strategic plan calls for the completion of 12 historic businesses to be represented, which interpret how local businesses supported the local farm economy. The main program component developed so far is the completed 1920’s truck farm with a farm house, period outbuildings, market garden and animal program. In addition, the museum recently underwent a complete reinvention of its educational programs designed for K-5 students, and all new programs meet state standards in history, social studies, math, science, and reading, depending on the program and age level.
In addition to the historical mission-based programs, the museum also serves as a safe gathering place for community events throughout the year. The events are many and include Old Shawnee Days in early June, Historical Hauntings in October, and Christmas Around Town in December.
The new focus and approach to interpreting Shawnee’s history and programs reflects a desire to better serve the community’s growing population of young families with children as well as the aging Baby Boomers, their children, and their parents. By focusing on creating an historically accurate interpretation of Shawnee in the 1920s, offering broader program options, and inviting community participation through research, visitor participation, volunteerism, and a revitalized membership group, Shawnee Town 1929 is creating a new legacy for generations to come.