Archive for Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A 50s Christmas

November 12, 2008

A Very Fifties Christmas, hosted by The 1950s All-Electric House at the Johnson County Museum of History, 6305 Lackman Road in Shawnee, offers the only 1950s-style holiday house tour in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and perhaps the country. With an aluminum tree and color wheel as the central features, the house showcases the holiday celebrations and space age decorations of a 1950s holiday.

Visit from Nov. 29 through Dec. 28, 2008 for a treat from the past. The site will be closed on Mondays plus Dec. 25, Dec. 26, and Jan. 1, 2009. Guided tours are available Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, every half hour from 1 to 4 p.m. Extended tour hours on Saturday, offered through Dec. 28 are available from 10 a.m. to 4: p.m. Tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 yrs. and younger.

Tours are first come, first served and limited to groups of 10 people. Groups of ten or more may call (913) 715-2570 to make advanced reservations for special weekday morning tours.

Throughout the house there are trendy examples of homemade and commercial Christmas decorating ideas ranging from the space-age designs to sequined items. Many of the ideas will be familiar to the baby-boom generation as the decorating ideas come directly from the pages of 1950s women’s magazines like Family Circle and Good Housekeeping. Under the tree is a collection of gifts which were in hot demand during the 1950s including an electric razor for Dad, stylish hats for Mom and a mountain of games and toys for the kids.

For more information, please call the Johnson County Museum of History at 913-715-2550.

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