Shawnee Town 1929

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Basic Information

Address: 11501 W. 57th St. Shawnee, KS 66203
Phone Number: 913-248-2360
Fax Number: 913-248-2363
Director: Gay Clemenson

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Historical Living History Museum
Clearances Required: No
Background Check: No
Population Served: Families, seniors, children
Ages for Volunteer: 16 (11 if parent volunteers with young person)
Hours of Service: Special events June-Dec (mostly on the weekend); during the summer, opportunities for interpreters Tues-Sat between 10 and 4 PM. Volunteer credit given.
Minimum Hours Required: Special events - 3 hours; Summer interpreters - 1 day/week
Days of Service: Saturdays, Sundays of special events
Mission Statement:

We believe an understanding of the past enriches our lives today. 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.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The Shawnee Town experience strives to embrace: 1. Providing a welcoming service-oriented environment. 2. Creating partnerships and collaborating with community organizations. 3. Being respectful of the contributions of the various ethnic and cultural groups. 4. Building knowledge through research. 5. Sharing knowledge in engaging and diverse ways. 6. Being a relevant and meaningful resource. 7. Being responsible stewards of our financial resources. 8. Being responsible stewards of our collections. 9. Striving for excellence in all things. 10. Recognizing the value of all people associated with the organization.

Program History:

When, in 1966, the demolition of what was believed to be an area jail or holding cell was scheduled, it spurred the creation of the Shawnee Historical Society. This group of concerned citizens raised funds to save the building and move it to a nearby Johnson County park. The Johnson County Parks District leased the land to the City of Shawnee with the understanding that the Shawnee Historical Society would administer the development of “Old Shawnee Town” on 2 ½ acres of the park site.

Upon the successful reconstruction of the relocated 19th century holding cell, more buildings were added to the grounds and the City of Shawnee assumed responsibility for all utility expenses and the insurance of collections housed in the buildings at Old Shawnee Town. Then, on September 23, 1998, the Shawnee Historical Society transferred ownership of all artifacts “as well as the buildings housing such materials” to the City of Shawnee.

Since 1998, the City of Shawnee has invested significant resources in increasing staff, stabilizing structures, documenting the museum collections, providing developing an exhibit interpreting the City’s history and refurbishing the Town Hall for rental operations.

In 2004 a strategic plan was developed with the goal of helping the museum grow and remain a vital part of Shawnee’s past and future. A plan to move away from the 19th century prairie years and focus on Shawnee’s unique role in early 20th century farming was approved that resulted in the current vision for the site.


Old Shawnee Days - June 5 & 6
Straw Hat Saturdays - June 19, July 17 and Agusut 7
Garden Party - June 26
Craft Fair - September 18
Historical Hauntings - October 30
Christmas Around Town - December 4

Additional Information:

Most opportunities for youth volunteers are during our weekend special events. However, special opportunities for youth interpreters are available during the summer on Tuesdays through Saturdays. Training and 1920s clothing provided. Summer youth interpreters must commit to one day/week.