Signature Exhibition

Becoming Johnson county collage of two maps

Explore the museum's signature exhibition to gain a deeper understanding of the county's history and growth. Through the core themes of land, policy, and regionalism, discover how Johnson County residents have worked together over the course of 200 hundred years, changing from indian lands to today's growing surbanban communities. 

A centerpiece of the exhibit is The 1950s All-Electric House -- exemplifying the American Dream many hoped to find in Johnson County. Through conflict, challenges, and thriumph, visionary leaders and ordinary citizens have worked to build  award-winning communities. Explore their stories today! 

The exhibition encompasses 12,500 square feet, including the 1950s All-Electric House, a historic house moved inside the museum gallery. The process to move the home is fascinating in itself. Watch its journey!


Preliminary design of the exhibition was developed in collaboration with Eisterhold & Associates. McCullough Creative completed the final design, fabrication, and installation. Opened in June 2017, major funding for this 12,500 square foot exhibition was provided by the Regnier Family Foundation & Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County. We thank all our sponsors for their generous support!

Major Funders

$300,000
Regnier Family Foundation

$250,000
JCPRD Foundation


$10,000-$25,000
Bright Idea Signs & More
Eclipse Roofing
DaVinci Roofscapes
Kansas Humanities Council
William T. Kemper Foundation
Jane Wilson


$5,000-$9,999
Bill & Linda Anthony
Commercial Surfaces
Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
KCP&L
Larry & Cindy Meeker
Thomas M. McCabe, in memory of Deborah L. McCabe
Mindi Love & Jeff Pendergraft
Suburban Lawn & Garden

$1,000-$4,999

Doug & Lori Allen
Alice Amrein & Tracy & Caleb Underwood
Gerald & Martha Baird
Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Bruning
Gary and Kathy Bussing
Central Bank of the Midwest
Lauren Crawford
DST Systems, Inc. Matching Gifts Program
Calvin Engelmann, in memory of Andrew & Liesel Schnierle
Edwin & Janice Eilert
Mark S. Gilman
Rose & Alan Grimes
Dwight L. Guy
De Wayne & Julie Hickman
Mary Kay Ingenthron
Michael & Therese Iverson
Paul & Marilyn Lyons
McQuaid Brothers
Joe Medina
George & Gale Schlagel
Sunflower Republic, LLC
Maury & Angie Thompson
Dave & Bev White
Hannes Zacharias & Marcia Higginson