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Shawnee Town Living History Museum gives children a feel of the 1920s

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A popular summertime program is taking kids back in time to the 1920s. At the Shawnee Town Living History Museum, kids are getting a hands-on experience of what life was like in that era.

Things such as a kitchen where there's no running water or electric stoves are teaching children that the 1920s were far from being an era of instant gratification. 

It didn't take long for 6-year-old Jacob Jercha to notice things looked a little different than they do today. "This is an old-fashioned kind of town,” he said. “There's a different kind of kitchen in there."

It was all the part of the Time Travelers program at the Shawnee Town Living History Museum.

“It is a living history program that's very family-based and it interprets life in the 1920s in Shawnee, which was a town back then of 550 people, unlike the 62,000 we have today,” said Museum Director Charlie Pautler.

He said most of the families back then were truck farm families. In other words, they raised their produce locally and took it to the Kansas City, Missouri farmer’s market that is still in operation today.

Children learned about crops, how music was played at the time, and even fed chickens. 

For 11-year-old Cyland Bell, life back then seemed difficult. "Sometimes kids had to walk a mile just to go to the river to fill buckets up,” Bell explained. “We just get water from the sink nowadays or from the store."

He said it makes him appreciate what we have today.

"Today, we have the most easiest stuff that we can do to work, but in the olden days, it wasn't so easy."

Shawnee Town is one of only three living history museums in the country that focuses on the 1920s.

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