Shawnee Town 1929 announces it is ready to celebrate – and even the chickens in the coop will be gussied up for the occasion. The Grand Opening of the Shawnee Town 1929 Truck Farm is scheduled for May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Visitors will enjoy musical performances, refreshments, farm animals on display, and living history tours of the Truck Farm, as well as the new Bousman Barber Shop, Yotz Typewriter Repair Shop and City Jail located in the Town Square. Other festivities include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m., and guided interpretive tours, which will continue until 4 p.m.
"We're inviting the public to join in our celebration; it promises to be a fun time for all ages," said Charles Pautler, Shawnee Town 1929 Museum Director. "We're excited to show off this first phase of Shawnee Town 1929 and share our plans for its future."
Museum to reflect 1920s life
The 50-year-old outdoor Museum is being revitalized to reflect life in the 1920s, a significant time in Shawnee's history. During that era, the City was well-known as a truck farming community, supplying vegetables, fruits and flowers to Kansas City's Farmers' Market and surrounding towns. The Truck Farm is the first phase of the Museum to be completed and includes a farmhouse, chicken coop, garden, barn and other outbuildings. A 1927 Nash sedan also will be on permanent display.
According to Pautler, when people think of 1929, they often think of the Great Depression and a difficult time in history. "But that's also when many Shawnee streets had new electric lights, residents enjoyed the city's own movie theater, and families purchased their first telephones," he said. "Life was simpler then, and thanks to the area's truck farming success, people in Shawnee were able to manage these tough times better than many other parts of the country."
Renovations continue in the Museum's Town Square; when complete, it will feature a dry goods store, bank, schoolhouse, undertakers, ice house and grocery store.
"We encourage everyone to come out and discover this exciting time in our history," Pautler said.
To learn more about Shawnee Town 1929 and its May 4 Grand Opening, contact the Museum at 913-248-2360 or visit the website.