Kansas’ 159th birthday is coming and the public is invited to celebrate during a drop-in event on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Johnson County Museum.
Happy Birthday Kansas at the Johnson County Museum is the name of this event, which is for all ages, and will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the museum, located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park. Hands-on activities and crafts will be featured. Participants can explore the museum’s signature exhibition, “Becoming Johnson County,” including the 1950s All-Electric House, and play in the museum’s KidScape area.
Also on display at the museum is a temporary exhibit called Savages and Princesses - The Persistence of Native American Stereotypes. This exhibit, which will remain in display at the museum through March 14, consists of over thirty contemporary artworks by 13 nationally-recognized Native American artists, and includes small art objects, framed pieces, and a giant installation. This exhibit is made possible by Mid-America Arts Alliance and Exhibits USA, as well as through funding from Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) and the National Endowment for the Arts.
To find Happy Birthday Kansas at the Johnson County Museum in the My JCPRD Activities catalog, look for the keywords “family fun.”
Admission to this program is the same as regular admission to the museum, which is $6 for adults, $5 for ages 60 plus, and $4 for children ages one to 18. Children under one are free. Museum members get in free. Advance registration is not required for this program.
Kansas Day is marked every year on and around Jan. 29 to commemorate the 1861 admission of Kansas into the United States. Celebrated since 1877, this day allows citizens of Kansas to rejoice and take pride in the state in which they live.
The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District. To learn more about the museum and the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, please visit www.jcprd.com.