East Building Chapel

Current Exhibits

The Shawnee Mission Historic Site contains three historic brick buildings that date from 1839.  
The West Building: Not open to the public but there are plans to preserve and restore the building for future use. Your visit begins in the East Building with a video that looks at the history surrounding the Shawnee Indian Mission.   


The East Building: This is the main facility for exhibits and office space. In this space, visitors discover the story of the Johnson family, Indian agents and missionaries, Kansas settlement, Bleeding Kansas, Overland trails, and the Civil War.


The North Building: In this building, which is north of 53rd street, there is the Mission Research Library, and exhibits in the North Building tell the story of the emigrant American Indians in Kansas, such as the Iowa, Kickapoo, Potawatomi, and Sac and Fox. Objects include woven baskets, beadwork, drums, and other folk art made from techniques passed down through generations of Kansans with American Indian ancestry.