Extending our Passport to Adventure Booklets into 2021!

Hold onto those Passports! We are extending our Passport to Adventure 2020 program into 2021! Since our sites weren’t able to safely open our doors for many days this season and offer as many Passports as we usually do, we have decided to use our 2020 Passports through next season. If you were fortunate enough to get a few stamps this summer that is awesome! You can keep building on the site list through 2021. Some of our sites are open now and presenting programs or tours with your safety in mind. So, this fall we hope to see you, if we can!

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2020 Passport To Adventure Booklets Available!

Our 2020 Passport to Adventure booklets are now available for pickup at our sites! Please call the site where you plan to pick it up before venturing out, since our sites have varied open hours now due to COVID-19. Hope to see you all soon!

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Passport to Adventure 2020 Kick-off Cancelled

Due to the threat of COCID-19, we are sad to share that we have cancelled our Annual Passport to Adventure Kickoff that had been scheduled for March 28 at Independence Center. While we can’t see you that weekend, our Passport to Adventure program will go on as soon as we all can safely venture back out. We hope you will all be able to pick up your 2020 Passports at any of our participating sites after May 1. Please call sites before venturing out to make sure the site has returned to normal business hours.
Until we can see you again, we hope you stay safe and well!
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Birdhouse Building Workshop at Kemper Outdoor Education Center

Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 1 PM – 2 PM, Kemper Outdoor Education Center Tickets

Calling all birdwatchers and nature lovers! Come build your very own wooden bluebird house to place outside and watch birds build nests and hatch their eggs. While you are enjoying this unique, hands-on activity, you will learn about ideal locations to put your birdhouse to get the most visitors, how to avoid predators and the types of birdhouses that particular bird species prefer. Kits are made of cedar and ready to assemble. Participants will get assistance putting their bird houses together at the Kemper Outdoor Education Center. Capacity is limited. $20 per person. Advance registration is required. bird

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Votes for Women! Girl Scouts at Shawnee Town 1929 Museum.

Shawnee Town 1929 Museum is excited to share our year-long partnership with local Girl Scouts (elementary through high school) and the League of Women Voters throughout 2020. All three organizations are working together to celebrate and promote awareness of the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage through various activities, events, and public programs. Any Girl Scout (of any troop and age) is welcome to participate with us in one or all events (if you participate in all events, Girl Scouts will earn their citizenship badge and a Shawnee Town 1929 badge).

  • For registration or additional information on any of our Votes for Women! events, please contact Sharron Uhler, Curator of Education, at 913-248-2360, suhler@cityofshawnee.org, or visit our website at https://www.shawneetown.org/education/scouts_and_clubs
  • All events are held at either Shawnee Town 1929 Museum at 11501 W. 57th St. or at the neighboring Museum Town Hall at 11600 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS 66203.

Sunday, March 8 – Girl Scout Tea with the League of Women Voters                                 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. $5 per person. @ Museum Town Hall.

Girl Scouts of all ages, family members, troop leaders and assistants, and League of Women Voters are invited to attend Shawnee Town’s first official Votes for Women event of the year – catered tea with a unique Girl Scout “twist.” A member of the League of Women Voters will talk about how their organization arose from the Women’s Suffrage movement.  Amanda Burkhart, Lead Educator with the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, will share about the awesome energy, camaraderie, and good that derived from nineteenth and early twentieth century girls and women clubs.  We’ll conclude by designing and making Votes for Women buttons, banners and sashes to wear and distribute at Shawnee Town’s 2020 Votes for Women events.   Activities and presentations are specifically designed for Girl Scouts K-12.   In order to maximize the number of Girl Scouts who can attend, family members attending are limited to one per Scout.  Troops may attend as a group and tables (seating 8) may be reserved.  Space is limited!  Register early.

Wednesday, May 13 – History on Tap presents Votes for Women! The Long Road to   Women’s Suffrage in Kansas                                                                                                          7:00 – 8:30 p.m., $5 per person. @ Museum Town Hall                                                             Girl Scout Leaders and Volunteers (Adults-Only) meet-up at this event.

Kansas was historically a leader in women’s rights, being just the eighth state to grant female suffrage.  Yet the campaign for voting rights in Kansas required more than half a century of determined effort, as women suffered discouraging setbacks in three different statewide initiatives.  How did they ultimately persuade an all-male electorate to grant them their rights?  What did their long ordeal teach them about perseverance and politics?  This presentation will explore the courageous individuals who took on the powerful interests opposed to electoral reform and discover other firsts that Kansas women achieved on the road to full suffrage.  Diane Eickhoff and Aaron Barnhart will talk about the leading role Kansas played in the long road to the passage of the 19th amendment.  This presentation is funded by Humanities Kansas.

We have a special treat this evening, unique to the 19th amendment centennial celebration scene in the Kansas City.  Besides, bringing several of their local brews, Shawnee’s own Servais Brewery is creating a special Women’s Suffrage beer specifically for History on Tap.  Be the first to taste Seneca Falls!  Owned and operated entirely by women, Servais is the perfect brewery to celebrate women earning the right to vote.

Wednesday, August 19 – Notable and Notorious People of the Twenties, Movers and Shakers of Women’s Suffrage on Both Sides of the Fence                                                       7:00 – 9:00 p.m., FREE, @ Museum Town Hall

On August 18, 1920, the State of Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote.  One week later, it became law.  Come hear first-person interpreters President Woodrow Wilson, Alice Paul, Carrie Chapman Catt, Ida S. Bell, and Harry T. Burn.  They will recount the amazing roles they played in its passage.  Alice Paul will sew the 36th star on the Woman’s Suffrage banner and hold it aloft as we mark this important anniversary.  Designed and created by local Girl Scouts and the Museum, come early to receive your Votes for Women pin, sash, or banner to wave during the presentations. There will be time to ask questions of our presenters both “in” and “out” of character.

Wednesday, August 26 – Jammin’ on the Green with the Grand Marquis and 100th Anniversary Celebration of women’s right to vote
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. FREE, @ Shawnee Town 1929 Museum

This is THE date – the actual date – that Congress passed the 19th amendment 100 years ago!  We will be Jammin’ with the Grand Marquis as we celebrate its passage with Girl Scouts presenting the colors and hoisting the Women’s Suffrage banner, songs, and anniversary cake.  The Grand Marquis will feature songs by Bessie Smith, one of the all-time great female jazz performers of the day.  Come help the community mark this momentous occasion! Girl Scouts are presenting colors, distributing women’s suffrage information, and serving cake and drinks.

Sunday, October 11 – Girl Scout Citizen Badge Workshops and Awards
2:00 – 4:00 p.m., $5 per person, @ Museum Town Hall

In cooperation with the Johnson County League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts from K-12 will attend workshops geared towards attaining their citizen badges.  This has been a year-long process working with the League and Shawnee Town on Votes for Women events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  After the workshops, there will be an awards ceremony with refreshments afterwards.

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2019 Passport Prize Winners


Congratulations to two of our Grand Prize drawing winners.  They completed their 2019 Kansas City Passport to Adventure Booklet and turned it in to be entered into the drawing.  Ellie and her family (Pictured left) won a Nature Exploration Backpack full with nature related books, water bottles, bandanas, drawstring backpacks and a $50 Johnson County Park and Recreation District gift card.  Brendan and his brother Jackson won a 10 person tent, backpacks, nature books and bandanas.  Thank you to Missouri Department of Conservation, F.L. Schlagle Library, and Johnson County Park and Recreation District for their donations to the prizes.  Stayed tuned to see the remainder of the 2019 Grand Prize Drawing winners!

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Archaeology in the Classroom

Register for an archaeology workshop for teachers, interpreters, and museum docents!  2019Project Archaeologyregistration-revised

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Wild Kratts & Nature Cat “Explore the Outdoors” at the F.L. Schlagle Library

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KCPT and the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library invite you to “Explore the Outdoors” this April! Get a sneak peek at the new episode premier of Wild Kratts (10:30 a.m.) and Nature Cat (11:30 a.m.), meet Nature Cat, go on a nature scavenger hunt, make crafts, and learn about animals and plants at the F.L. Schlagle Library on Saturday, April 6. After the event, enjoy a picnic, take a hike or go birdwatching or fishing outside the library in beautiful Wyandotte County Lake Park.

For more information on the event, contact kids@kcpt.org. For information about the F.L. Schlagle Library or the surrounding park, call 913-295-8250.

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Grow, Cook & Give with the Kansas City Community Gardens

Location: Pryde’s Old Westport

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 3, 5p.m.- 7p.m.

Join Les Dames d’Escoffier and Slow Food Kansas City for a fun night out to benefit Kansas City Community Gardens. The evening will include cooking and gardening demonstrations, tastings and beverages and fabulous raffle items including cookware, garden books, wine, and more! Admission is limited to 60. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Save time and buy your raffle tickets in advance! Please print a confirmation of your raffle ticket purchase and bring with you on April 3rd. Your tickets may be picked up at the door when you arrive.
Pryde’s. For more information, please check out our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/315318442458724/

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2019 Passport to Adventure Kick-Off

Please join the Interpretive Site Coalition (ISC) for another great Passport to Adventure Kickoff event at the Olathe Bass Pro Shop on March 30, 2019 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.. This is a free event and ISC will host an array of science, history and nature sites from all around the KC Metro area so you can plan your ADVENTURES for spring, summer and fall!!! Plan to pick up your 2019 Passport Booklet, create a craft, interact with live animals, and find a summer camp all in one stop!! Please join us for a wonderful event!!

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SPECIAL THANKS to all the wonderful staff, volunteers, Olathe Bass Pro Shop, Rainbow Graphics and other contributors that make this event possible each year!

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