Special Exhibitions

                                                                                                                                       Coming Soon in the Special Exhibit GalleryRedlined

                                                                                     Redlined: Cities, Suburbs and Segregation 

This new special exhibit promises to take visitors on a deep dive on the history of redlining from its origins to lingering legacies. Using artifacts from the Johnson County Museum, State Historical Society of Missouri, and images from more than 20 institutions, this exhibit shows how Johnson County and the region both shaped and was shaped by the federal policy of redlining. An art exhibit within the history exhibit featuring works from the African American Artists Collective provides opportunities for people to reflect on redlining from different perspectives. This special exhibition will run from January 29, 2022 to January 7, 2023. 




Rising-to-the-Challenge-short-no-violatorIn the Creative Commons Upstairs Gallery

Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Strength in Difficult Times

The COVID-19 pandemic is a historic event unlike anything most Johnson Countians have experienced. Although the time of COVID-19 seems unique, Johnson Countians have faced other periods of great difficulty. Armed conflicts like the Civil War, World Wars, and Vietnam. Natural disasters such as the 1951 flood, tornadoes, and droughts. Economic downturns from the Great Depression to the 2008 recession. And yes, periods of widespread disease like the “Great Influenza” of 1918. What unites these challenging times is Johnson Countians’ ability to persevere. Rising to the Challenge: Suburban Stength in Difficult Times highlights how Johnson Countians have responded to challenging times in the past. We hope this unique temporary exhibit serves as a source of inspiration, guidance, and strength as Johnson Countians again seek to rise to the challenge.