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Oct 30

Old-fashioned holiday event offered nine times between Thanksgiving and New Year's

Posted on October 30, 2019 at 4:02 PM by Becky Burnside

The Saturday after Thanksgiving isn't too early to start observing Christmas holiday traditions, as this year it will be the first of nine presentations of the Lanesfield School Country Christmas special event. One of the presentations in mid-December includes a choir and a chance to visit Santa!

“All nine program times are a great chance to write a letter to Santa, see the types of decorations Johnson Countians would have made at the turn of the 20th century, and check out the Lanesfield gift shop for stocking stuffers,” said  Johnson County Museum Curator of Interpretation, Andrew Gustafson. 

Lanesfield School Country Christmas is offered as a free drop-in program from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays on the following dates: Nov. 30, and Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28.  The session on Saturday, Dec. 14, will include a special Christmas concert in the schoolhouse. The Country Christmas program began in 1991 and is Lanesfield’s most-attended event for the general public each year. 
The Dec. 14 concert in the schoolhouse will feature the Edgerton Rainbow Connection Children’s Choir. The performance will begin at 1 pm, followed by a visit from Santa, crafts, and free refreshments. Be sure to bring your camera! Santa and the choir will only be present for the Dec. 14 program. 
Also at this year's event, there will be information about an escape room program called Scandal in the Schoolhouse, which the museum began offering at Lanesfield earlier this year.  

“The Scandal in the Schoolhouse escape room is extremely popular,” Gustafson said. “Every Saturday in November is booked right now. Folks can find more information about the escape room out at Lanesfield, and info is available on our website and on our Facebook events page as well. If you have not tried it yet, get a group of friends together and give it a shot! It is also great for team building exercises.”

To schedule a program, call (913) 715-2570. This program is for ages 10 and older, and available for groups by appointment. For this one-hour program, the cost is $50 for two people, or $20 per person for three to eight people.
Owned and operated by the Johnson County Museum, the Lanesfield Historic Site is located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton. The Lanesfield site is a one-room limestone schoolhouse originally built in 1869, and is the last remaining structure in the former town of Lanesfield. It has been restored to its appearance of 1904, and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. 
For more information about the Lanesfield School Country Christmas or Scandal in the Schoolhouse, contact the museum at (913) 715-2570.