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Johnson County Museum Foundation receives grant from the Kansas Humanities Council
POSTED: 07/08/2016
TOPEKA – The Kansas Humanities Council (KHC) recently awarded the Johnson County Museum Foundation of Shawnee a $10,000 grant for the “Becoming Johnson County” exhibition. The museum is creating all-new exhibitions for its move to its new facility. The former King Louie West Bowling Center and Ice Chateau, located at 8788 Metcalf in Overland Park, is being renovated into the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center. It is scheduled to open in 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 sq. ft. 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.

Said Foundation President Larry Meeker, “The funds from KHC will help us to share the powerful humanities themes inherent to the story of Johnson County’s history and development. We are very grateful for their support and encourage the community to learn more about the museum and this project by visiting 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,.

“KHC Humanities grants support projects that connect people with ideas and engage Kansans with the humanities,” said Julie Mulvihill, executive director of the Kansas Humanities Council. “This exhibition in the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center will provide visitors with a renewed sense of place.”

The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information, visit

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