The Johnson County Museum has received a 2019 Award of Excellence for its recent temporary exhibition, The Turbulent Twenties. The award was presented to the museum at the recent annual meeting of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) in Philadelphia.
The exhibit was on view at the Johnson County Museum from Aug. 25, 2018 – May 11, 2019 and sought to provide a deeper, more nuanced story of the period between World War I and World War II. The time is often referred to as “the roaring twenties,” and focused on the fun of modern fashions, speakeasies and jazz music. The exhibit featured some of those elements but also delved deeply into darker, lesser well-known topics, such as WWI-era rights restrictions, anti-immigrant legislation and the extent of Klan membership in the Midwest. More than 30,000 people toured the museum’s exhibit during its run.
The AASLH Leadership in History Award program, in its 74th year, recognizes achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. This year, AASLH bestowed 50 national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits and publications. Of those awarded, the Johnson County Museum is the only Kansas organization to be honored.
The museum, located at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf, Overland Park, is part of Johnson County Park & Recreation District, which manages the Arts & Heritage Center. More information about the museum is available here.
About the picture: Andrew Gustafson, curator of interpretation, and Mindi Love, museum director, are shown with the 2019 Award of Excellence from the AASLH.