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Posted on: September 9, 2020

Hear from a rollercoaster enthusiast during museum’s virtual History on Tap session on Oct. 1

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Learn more about how rollercoasters got started and why people like them so much during a virtual History on Tap program being presented by the Johnson County Museum in early October. 

This one-hour program, called History on Tap: Ups, Downs, Loops and a Lot of Fun - A History of Rollercoasters and Amusement Parks, is for ages 21 and older. During this program, Rollercoaster Enthusiast Paul Drabek will talk about the history and thrills of the popular ride and amusement parks. This virtual program ties into an exhibit on display at the museum through Oct. 17 called  Coney Island - Visions of an American Dreamland.

This History on Tap presentation will take place beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, via Zoom. The cost for this one-hour program is $6 for non-museum members or $4.80 for museum members, who must register by phone at (913) 831-3359 to claim their discount. One week prior to the event, all registered participants will receive an email with a Zoom link and instructions on how to proceed. For more information about this program or to register by phone, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at, click on “Register for Activities,” and complete a course ID search for 37695. 

The Coney Island - Visions of an American Dreamland exhibition is made possible by NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is adapted from the traveling exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 and organized by Robin Jaffee Frank, Ph.D., former Chief Curator and Krieble Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. It was supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Henry Luce Foundation, and The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc. It was adapted and toured for NEH on the Road by Mid-America Arts Alliance. 

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

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